Meet Leigh Hastings ‘13
“It's hard to narrow down which part of Wittenberg has been the most inspiring, but working in the Writing Center for the last three years has been the most challenging and rewarding experience of my time at college. I've been able to talk regularly with students from different cultural and academic backgrounds about their ideas and their writing, working with them to engage with challenging ideas and get a better understanding of their own beliefs and how to convey them.”
An English major from Dayton, Ohio, Leigh Hastings had never seriously considered pursuing such a major four years ago until her WittSem professor challenged her to think about the field.
“I like learning about a lot of different things (I'm one of the few English majors who loves math and science), and I began to see how studying English would allow me to still pursue other interests such as promoting children's literacy programs and publishing,” Hastings recalls.
From there, Hastings later added a communication minor.
“Part of why I love English is that I like thinking about how messages are crafted and how meaning is created,” Hastings said. “In my first communication class, Media Literacy with Dr. Smith, that was our focus. I knew studying communication would complement my English studies and give me a better understanding of current modes of communication that would be beneficial for future career plans.”
First up on the post-graduate front is marrying Tyler Hall ’12 and making Springfield their home.
“I'll be working with the Community Alliance for Youth at the Hagen Center for the summer,” Hastings said. “I've been working with the alliance for the past year, maintaining its website, handling PR, and helping plan professional development training events. My dream job is to help run a children's museum, so now that Boonshoft has a satellite branch in Springfield, and we're working with them through the Alliance, I hope to connect with them for a job this fall.”
As for advice for future students, Hastings encourages them to: “Take responsibility for your education and take advantage of the opportunities that Wittenberg has to offer. You should come to Wittenberg because we have crows, a sledding hill, cats, and we are made up of a community of thinkers and doers who care about learning to benefit others. If you want to be satisfied with your time at Wittenberg, you have to step outside your comfort zone and push yourself to excel. Also, go to the Writing Center!”