Student Spotlight: Sophronia Knott


Sophronia Knott wins Three Minute Thesis!

Sophronia Knott won the Grand Champion Award at the Three Minute Thesis competition in Oct 2016! She will be going to Annapolis, MD to represent the Dept of English at the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.

Below is a student spotlight on English MA student Sophronia Knott!


Hello! My name is Sophronia Knott 🙂 I’m originally from Guatemala, but I was raised in Smithfield, North Carolina. I have three dogs and we all love to go running!

What brought you to ECU?

Both of my brothers graduated from ECU and my father received his Principal’s Certificate here, so I wanted to carry on the tradition!

What is your area of study and how did you first become interested in it?

I am currently an English MA student, but I also received my BA in English and my TESOL certificate here at ECU. I wrote my first short story when I was seven, and I’ve been reading for what feels like forever. My father used to make me read for one hour for every 30 minutes of TV I wanted to watch, but I was never able to put down a book!

What are your goals after graduation?

After graduation, I would like to attend the University of Denver in Colorado to complete my PhD in English.

What has been most exciting/rewarding about your time in the English department?

The most exciting thing has been writing my thesis, to be honest! As a graduate student, I was able to reach out to my favorite author and talk with her about my ideas. She has since become a friend and mentor, and I feel so lucky to be analyzing her work for my thesis!

What recognitions/achievements in your ECU career are you most proud of and why?

I won the Most Outstanding Undergraduate award in 2015, and that was my proudest moment as a student and an English scholar. I spoke at graduation, and I felt as if I finally got the chance to thank my parents and all of the professor who truly changed my life. I was very grateful to be able to speak and thank everyone properly.

What would you say to someone considering coming to ECU to study English?

If you choose to study English, do it because you love writing or because you love reading. When all else fails, it’s your passion that will keep you going during the hard times. If you don’t love what you’re doing, you won’t be able to sustain your motivation. I can’t imagine doing anything else because English has always been my one true passion.

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