Every quarter, the Department of English features on its Web site the experiences of a soon-to-graduate Ohio State University English Major. Our current interviewee is … Khari Grant.
“English consists of reading and writing but serves a greater purpose. It allows one to think critically not only about literature but also about life.”
Hometown: Houston, Texas
Major(s): English Pre-Education
Graduation: Fall 2011
Why did you choose English as your major?
People assume that because one chooses to study English, they must only like to read and write. Wrong. English consists of reading and writing but serves a greater purpose. It allows one to think critically not only about literature but also about life. My reason for pursuing English is so I can do what I love to do best; analyzing and trying to solve or explain something that is not clear. My passion and love for the English language also prompted me to pursue the pre-education track. Ever since I was in the seventh grade I wanted to be a teacher, and teaching English is the perfect career for me. They are both fields that I love and appreciate.
What have been some obstacles?
The biggest obstacle I face, and still face, is writing a solid paper on one specific topic. It is frustrating reading a text and being told to write on one specific topic. I often find many interesting things to write about, but can never come up with the one I want to focus on. It’s like you have a lot of great gifts in front of you, and they are all up for your choosing, but you can only have one.
What courses stand out as memorable?
First off, all of my English courses were phenomenal. There are two courses, actually, that stood out for me. They are English 570 (the history of English) taught by Robin Markells PhD and English 522 (17th century British literature) taught by Luke Wilson PhD. These courses were more challenging, and intellectually stimulating. The topics presented by the professors really sparked my interest and prompted me to want to do outside research.
What advice would you share with other English majors?
Have fun and be proud to be an English major. Do not feel discouraged by an abundant amount of work. Everything we do is doable, just work hard, try your best, and in the end everything will be fine.