Your name: Courtney Murray
Your home town: Buena Vista, Georgia
Your major(s): English
Are you fluent in any language(s) other than English? No
What are your career plans? I want to teach secondary education ELA for several years and then eventually obtain my PhD in English and become a professor.
What is your favorite book or author and why? Anything written by Toni Morrison, but I especially enjoy Beloved. Morrison’s use of language and imagery in all her novels beautifully represent and uncover events either forgotten or hidden from historical record. She creates sound where there is silence and gives a voice, a right to be heard, to all her characters but especially women to truly create a genuine “herstory”.
What is your favorite word? Audacity
Describe a significant breakthrough in your development as a writer: In the past, I have had many breakthroughs, but my most memorable breakthrough was during my senior year in high school. My AP Literature teacher, Mrs. Owens, really planted a seed in me that has blossomed since then. She encouraged me to realize my writing potential and to always push myself to constantly improve it by never turning in mediocre work. Because of her and others, I decided to go into tutoring and teaching to help others who need a little push to see their potential clearly.