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Pinto to read buckeyes

April 1, 2011 Comments off

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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Shakespeare on display at YHC

November 15, 2010 Comments off

By Hailey Silvey, Staff Writer

Students line up for the cross-dressing contest in the Susan B. Harris Chapel as a part of Bard Fest. Photo by Jacob Stone

This year at Young Harris College the English department is putting on a bard fest, a festival dedicated to Renaissance poetry, with a focus on William Shakespeare. The festival was organized by Dr. Jennifer Gianfalla.

When asked about her inspiration for the festival, Gianfalla said, “I am currently teaching a Shakespeare class, and I heard from a lot of my students that they were dreading reading Shakespeare’s work. I wanted to come up with a way for them to realize that Shakespeare is fun.”

When asked if she ever experienced anything like this festival at her college, Gianfalla said, “We had a Renaissance festival at Ohio State, but I never participated in it. YHC is a good size for a festival like this, because it will give everyone a chance to participate.” Gianfalla attended Ohio State University and earned her Ph.D. in English, focusing on the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

Bard fest featured a number of unique events.

Tuesday night Disney’s The Lion King was shown in the Wilson Lecture Hall in Goolsby Center, because it is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

After the movie, a poetry slam was scheduled in the student center. The winner was Andreas Von Pechmann. The second place winner was Cedric Epps, who played the piano while reading his poem.

Wednesday, a Renaissance meal was served in the dining hall. Students could eat steamship beef round with oven roasted potatoes covered in a garlic shallot sauce. During lunch, Dr. Gianfalla and some other English professors hosted Shakespeare trivia. There were questions about Shakespeare’s plays and his life. The winner was Dawn Shannon, who won a Bard Fest t-shirt.

Wednesday night, there was a showing of Romeo+ Juliet in the Wilson Lecture Hall and a Glee performance in the chapel at 9 p.m.

Thursday saw an insult contest and a cross-dressing competition that was held in the Susan B. Harris chapel. First was the insult competition, which five students competed in. In the first of two rounds, competitors had to insult celebrities with terms that would have been considered insulting in the time of Shakespeare. In round two, the competitors had to fling, “yo’ mama” jokes at various celebrities including Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Snooki, Tiger Woods, Lindsay Lohan, Justin Beiber and ‘The Situation.’

Cole Crawford won the insult competition. He won a t-shirt and an iTunes gift card. After winning, Crawford said, “it feels like I’ve just found the fountain of youth. Words cannot describe how happy I am.”

The second event of the evening was the cross-dressing competition. There were 15 competitors in all. Three were male and 12 were female. The competitors had to dress like the opposite sex and read a passage in their best male or female voice. The event was highly entertaining; and in the end, the best male dressed as a female was Aaron O’Tule.

“It is an experience I cannot even begin to explain,” O’Tule said. “I feel so pretty, yet so wrong.”

The best female dressed as a male was Elizabeth Land, who joked, “It feels pretty sweet to win. I feel manly.”

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