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April 1, 2011

By Whitney Marcus, Staff Writer

English senior Eri Pinto will be leaving Young Harris College this summer to pursue her Ph.D. in English and anthropology at The Ohio State University. Photo by Leila Shearon

While most students are busy making plans for the weekend, one student has been making plans for entering a doctoral program. Senior English major Eri Pinto from Nara, Japan, has worked the last several months to prepare an application for a doctoral program at The Ohio State University.

As an English major, Pinto attended some of the workshops held by Jennifer Gianfalla, assistant professor of English, in the fall here at Young Harris.

The workshops were not mandatory, but were offered to any English major interested in preparing documents for graduate or professional schools or for competitive scholarships or volunteer opportunities. With the help of Gianfalla and Jennifer Hughes, assistant professor of English, who also assisted with the workshops, Pinto was able to receive some insight on how to write personal statements and suggestions that would better her applications.

Pinto also received help on writing CV’s, or curriculum vitae, a long academic résumé.

A CV tells an admissions committee where a student has attended school, their concentrations, academic awards and accomplishments a student has made during their academic career. A CV ultimately introduces a candidate to a committee and gives them a lot of information about each candidate.

During the second workshop, Pinto was able to share her work with other students and receive feedback on her materials she would be submitting. She proceeded to looking into a few different colleges that she was interested in and applied to several that had programs of English and/or anthropology.

According to Pinto, applying to colleges for doctoral programs is far from easy. It’s actually very stressful and time-consuming. There are strict deadlines that must be met and materials must be edited and edited until no mistakes are anywhere to be found.

Pinto said, “The application process was stressful, but it helped so much to have support from my family and teachers.”

Recently, Pinto found that she was accepted to The Ohio State University. Her mother received the letter at Pinto’s home and told her the great news over the phone.

Pinto said she was so shocked when her mother first told her that all she could say was, “seriously?”

Because Pinto was interested in both English and anthropology, Gianfalla suggested that she concentrate on folklore. This would be interdisciplinary for her in that she would be able to combine both of her interests. The folklore program at The Ohio State University is very competitive. Only 12 to 15 students are accepted into the program and thousands apply.

According to Pinto, Ohio State is so excited to have Pinto on their campus that they are providing a free flight out to Columbus for Pinto to attend their open house in April.Pinto will be provided with a two-year fellowship at Ohio State, meaning that she will be receive a stipend, or paid amount, for her freshman and senior year.

For four years, Pinto will get the opportunity to teach undergraduate classes in her area, such as English 1101 or 1102.At the end of six years, Pinto will have earned a Master’s of Arts and English and a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in folklore.


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