English, Not For Everyone

by Bud Williams

Amy King, Seattle Pacific University sophomore, spend a large portion of her time enrolling in colleges expecting to major in English. She applied to multiple schools that all had well regarded English programs and eventually landed on Seattle Pacific. Her dreams were coming true, right up until she had her first class.

“I walked into my first class,” King began, “sat down at a desk, and waited for the teacher to arrive. When she got there and began teaching, I got so bored I couldn’t imagine ever coming back to that class.”

It wasn’t just that singular class, however, that made King question her choice of major. Subsequent classes made her doubt the decision she had made when coming to Seattle Pacific.

“The class was an introduction to English Literature, but all I could think about was how boring it was and how much of a waste of time it was. I thought the next few English classes I ended up taking would be better, but they weren’t at all what I was looking for either.”

After her first few quarters spent on primarily English classes, King tested the waters with a couple of classes specific to other potential majors. In doing so, she found the major she feels fits best with her and her plans after college.

“I took a few courses in history, science, and a couple others, but I eventually found what I was looking for in political science, which is now my intended major. I really find the political science classes to be more my pace and my style. The material in class is very tailored to stuff I like to do and what I would like to do after graduating from SPU.”

Going on, King plans on going to law school after her time at Seattle Pacific and hopefully joining a law firm as a defense attorney.

The Switch-Up

Matthew Forshay’s transformation from a Psychology major to an English Major because of an old childhood passion.

by Bud Williams

Matthew Forshay, Seattle Pacific University sophomore, came to this school expecting a strong introduction to the real world; he joined the campus workforce before he had even gone to his first class, he took many general education courses, and was an intended psychology major. What wasn’t something Forshay had thought about was his hidden passion for writing and literature.

“I used to write a lot as a child,” Forshay said. “In fact, I would write short stories on the bus headed home and leave them on the counter for my parents to read when they got home. Sometimes I would wait for hours for the to get home and when they did, I couldn’t wait to hear their thoughts.”

Forshay’s love for writing lasted a while during school, but, with the growing responsibilities that came with getting older, going through high school, and planning for college, he fell apart from his passion. “For a few years, I didn’t write much,” Forshay said. “I was overwhelmed with planning my leave for college that for the last few years of high school I never really had the time to write.”

At Seattle Pacific, one of Forshay’s first classes was an introductory writing course which was accompanied by a series of required classes for the psychology major which he had halfheartedly committed to. “I had a realization and fell back in love with writing all over again,” Forshay said.

Even though it wasn’t a creative writing class, Forshay still felt his passion returning.

After another few quarters, Forshay’s intended psych courses began to slowly diminish until the only classes he truly cared about taking were writing and literature classes. “After I had completed my first year, I realized that there was really nothing keeping me tied to the psychology major anymore and that my true calling has always been writing. I knew going into my second year at SPU that the English major was for me.”

Now that he has nearly completed his second year, Matthew Forshay has officially changed his major and is looking forward to a career in writing after graduation. “I would like to work for a publishing firm or something similar because I love to write and would love to make that into a proper career.”