Monthly Archives: October 2011

International Education: Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde On His Education in America (Part II)

Recent Ball State alum, Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde, continues his series of guest posts with Part II, in which he recounts his experiences surrounding his return to Burkina Faso. In this post, Mamadou discusses the value of education as well as how he utilized his English degree to earn a job teaching English in several private high schools. To see Part I of Mamadou’s post, click here.

A primary school teacher in Burkina Faso makes about $200 a month. A state high school teacher makes about $300 a month. I am sure most Americans would consider this outrageous. Well, they should not. Compared to life in the United States, life in Burkina Faso is not expensive. Most civil servants or government employees are pretty satisfied with what they are earning. However, here is where it gets complicated.

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English Teaching Major Ranger Puterbaugh on Directing “THE LEGACY”

In our latest guest post, senior Ranger Puterbaugh discusses his experience of directing the play “THE LEGACY,” which opens tomorrow at the Cave Theater.  You can find ticket and show time information at the Ball State Theater and Dance website.

Compelling stories have always interested me. From an early age, I found myself drawn to complex and deep stories with unique characters and deeper meanings. I loved everything about them: the writing, the characters, the potential, the visual. All of it. That’s why I became so interested in both Theatre and English in my early years. Through both of these areas, I could explore the stories I loved in many ways. When I began college, it just seemed like a natural course to pursue a double major in both Theatre and English. Continue reading

Day on Writing

People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes. New technologies expand the possibilities for composing in multiple media and for speaking to wider audiences, and at a faster pace, than ever before in our history. Join the Ball State Writing Center in an all day series of events as they help to celebrate this national day of recognition.

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Emily Disher: How Research and Writing Led Me from Academia to Corporate America and the Space in Between (Part II)

In the second part of her post, Emily Disher uses her English degrees to land a job and discovers how to focus several of her interests into creating her very own website. To see Part I of this post, click here.

…When I hung up the phone at the end of our conversation, I started to cry. I had been in school for a total of six and a half years (between BSU and Tennessee). I had just completed a Master’s degree. Now I was learning that I needed to work for at least six months at an unpaid internship before I would even be able to compete for a full-time job? The idea was more than I could handle on the day I was supposed to be celebrating all of the painstaking work I’d already invested in securing my future.

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Emily Disher: How Research and Writing Led Me from Academia to Corporate America and the Space in Between (Part I)

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You never know where your English degree might take you. Sure, everyone knows that most English majors are skilled writers, but our training hones many other skills, too. The key is figuring out what you want to do, how your education and skills apply to what you want to do, and how to market those skills to reach your goals. For me, the whole figuring-out-what-you-want-to-do-with-your-degree thing has always been the toughest part, and I’m not sure I’ve mastered it yet, but my English degree has led to many adventures and remains a source of pride and value to me. Here’s the story of my non-linear path from the Ball State English Department and beyond, as well as a thing or two I’ve learned along the way.

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International Education: Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde On His Education in America (Part I)

Recent Ball State alum and Fulbright recipient,  Ritassida Mamadou Djiguimde, recounts his experience of moving from his home in Burkina Faso to the United States in order to earn his Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Ball State University. In his first installment in a series of guest posts, Mamadou discusses his reactions to receiving the Fulbright, traveling to a foreign country, and adjusting to life in Indiana. In future posts, Mamadou will share his thoughts on his English education and discuss how he is utilizing his Ball State English degree.

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