Once upon a time, a group of English majors from Freed-Hardeman University set out to do what many would consider daunting: drive twelve hours into the sunrise. However, we were not driving aimlessly. We went to Staunton, Virginia, to immerse ourselves in Shakespearean-era plays and culture. Our crew consisted of four students plus Dr. Derrick Spradlin, English professor at FHU. Our whole reason for venturing off to Staunton was to partake in what eighty students and five faculty members have partaken of before: watching plays at the Blackfriars Playhouse, right at the heart of the small Virginia town.
The entire weekend was absolutely amazing. I loved watching the plays we saw, and I loved exploring Staunton. I learned so much about Shakespearean culture from both watching the plays and from touring the playhouse itself. Visiting places like Staunton really made my experience with Shakespearean-era literature come alive in a new way, more so than I could have imagined just reading it on a page.
When I transferred into the English Department at FHU one year ago, I did not know what to expect, but I knew that I loved the people I met and was excited to spend time having adventures with them--along with my learning English for a degree, of course. Now, looking back, I am so glad I made the decision to become an English major and pursue my dream of becoming an author. The English Department has helped me pursue my dream in the best way possible, through opening up opportunities to explore my interests, including my recent trip to Staunton. I cannot imagine a better place to be and better people to spend time with than the English Department here at FHU.