Abbie AmiotteWriting & rhetoric major
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Abbie started college as a marketing major and theatre minor, switching to a writing major and political science minor her sophomore year. She eventually hopes to be a writing teacher at a college that serves low-income students. To prepare, she’s contributing to Cardboard, Northwestern’s online magazine, and Spectrum, the college’s literary arts journal. She also writes for the Beacon student newspaper and is a tutor in the Writing Center.
Northwestern was one of the colleges I visited during spring break my junior year. During the tour, I started feeling God’s call and knew this is where I needed to be. I applied only to Northwestern, and God opened doors for me to come. I had no idea what I was doing here at first, but it’s become clear God has a real and significant purpose for bringing me to Northwestern.
I’m a naturally competitive person—not in a challenges-herself-to-be-better way, but more in a as-long-as-I’m-doing-better-than-the-next-guy way. Northwestern’s English department has encouraged me to become a better writer and a better person for the sake of pursuing excellence, not just to be better than my classmates. We’re not competing for our professors’ attention because the professors value their students individually and meet us exactly where we’re at. My fellow English majors push me to be better by giving me the freedom to fail. I don't feel as though I have to be the best to get noticed, but I desire to work my hardest to learn and grow.
Being a writing tutor has enabled me to determine God's call for my life because working with fellow students showed me how much I love to teach and how I want to do it for the rest of my life. I’ve also had the opportunity to be published in Cardboard magazine while learning the ins and outs of the online publishing world, and I’ve written for Orange City’s newspaper. Regardless of what you want to do with your English major, being published as an undergraduate is impressive. I’m glad Northwestern is giving me opportunities to produce strong and noticeable writing.
Courage and faith
Northwestern has been a safe place to be vulnerable. I can explore challenging issues without fear of my faith being ripped to pieces. This is true not only when it comes to my English courses, but also in my science courses, psychology, religion, history—you name it. I’ve been challenged to let my guard down and honestly weigh and evaluate differing positions. I am free to share my stories without fear of ridicule. Northwestern as a whole—not just the English department—has made me a better communicator. Writing without fear is the only way to really be heard, and Northwestern has shown me how to be a courageous writer.