As someone who is passionate about literature, reading and writing, Lindsay Bookout’s heart was set on pursing a degree in English. She also wanted a major that would provide her with a set of valuable skills to enter the job market, so she chose Appalachian’s English (BA) – Professional Writing degree program.
“Professional Writing has shown me that my skills as a reader, writer and editor are valuable in a wide variety of work environments, and will help me find a good job when I graduate,” she said.
Because her degree program is in the Department of English, she’s read and analyzed a great deal of literature. She’s also learned to think critically, pay attention to detail and express herself clearly and efficiently.
“Professional Writing teaches you that English is more than reading books and writing essays,” said Bookout. “It prepares you to take those skills and apply them in professional circumstances, to work effectively with clients and be versatile in the workplace.”
A triple major, Bookout is also pursuing bachelor’s degrees in both French (Francophone studies) and Political Science. Her plans after graduation in 2015 include the options of teaching abroad, looking for work with the government in Washington D.C., finding a position as an editor, and eventually applying to law school.
“I’ve always been good at editing and planned to pursue a career doing that. But recently I’ve developed a passion for law,” she said.
“English majors possess skills that law schools look for. Whatever career path I choose, I know my experience in the Professional Writing program will help me excel.”