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Aaron Geer
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English / Creative Writing, Western Michigan University
Concentration: Creative Writing (Fiction)
GA Assistantships While in the Program: Editorial Assistant for North Carolina Literary Review, Writing Consultant at the Bate Writing Center, and English 1100 & 1200 Graduate Assistant.
Research Interests: Contemporary American Fiction, 20th Century Literature, the post- modern short story, post-colonial African Literature, and the art of fiction writing.
Why ECU: Offering a vast array of assistantships and faculty/staff who are warm and welcoming, ECU seemed like the right fit for me once I visited the campus. ECU also has a number of distinguished publications which afforded me the opportunity to continue my quest in editing for a literature review.
Future Plans: I plan on continuing my endeavor on the ladder of academia and obtain my MFA in Fiction Writing, with the ultimate goal of teaching Creative Writing at the collegiate level.

Abigail Morris
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English/ Creative Writing
Concentration: English Studies
GA Assistantships While In Program: English 1100 Teaching Assistant, Bate Writing Center Consultant.
Research Interests: Pop Culture Rhetorics
Why ECU: I decided to attend ECU because I was interested in the courses offered, and the diversity of the faculty research interests.
Future Plans: Earning a PhD and teaching various courses within the discipline. 

Brianne Holmes
Undergraduate Degree: BA, Communication/Concentration: Writing, Anderson University
Concentration: Creative Writing
GA Assignments While in the Program: Bate Writing Center Consultant and North Carolina Literary Review.
Why ECU: I liked the fact that I could pursue an M.A. while focusing in Creative Writing. 
Future Plans:I am considering applying to either an MFA or PhD Program, but my end goal is to teach college English.


Christina Rowell
Undergraduate Degree: BA, Creative Writing, Virginia Tech University
Concentration: Rhetoric and Composition
GA Assignments While in the Program: Bate Writing Center Consultant, English 1100 Graduate Assistant, and Bate Center Assistant Director
Why ECU: I decided on ECU because the faculty made me feel welcomed and were focused on helping my research interests grow.
Research Interests: Writing center theory, emotional labor of writing center consultants, and body-monitoring wearable tech. 
Future Plans: Applying to PhD school for Rhetoric and Composition.


Danielle Lake

Undergraduate Degree: English Education
Concentration: Literature
Research Interests: Anglo Saxon, Medieval and Renaissance Literature with a focus in textual editing.
Why ECU: I was guaranteed an assistantship and I really wanted to attend a school where I could do more than simply take course work. I wanted to have the opportunity to learn through my experiences and be able to make a contribution to the academic community.
GA Assignments While in the Program: Working with the Donne Variorum Project, and English 1100 Graduate Assistant.
Future Plans: I hope to find a position teaching composition at a community college or university. I also plan on still being involved in the Donne Variorum project. 

Gaiselle Cambra
Undergraduate Degree: Double major in English and Political Science
Concentration: Creative Writing
Research Interests: Script/ Play writing and Fiction. I also enjoy history from the 1910s to the 1960s.
Why ECU: I decided to Attend ECU as an undergraduate because I had a grade school teacher that talked highly of the school. I chose to remain here for my MA because I liked the faculty and their enjoyment of the craft.
Future Plans: My future plans are to teach different types of English on the collegiate level.


Kristi Wiley
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English, East Carolina University.
Concentration: Technical and Professional Communication.
Research Interests: User Experience (UX), User Engagement, Website Design, Technical Writing, Mentoring, and Study Abroad.
GA Assignments While in Program: Southeastern Writing Center Conference Planning Committee, Bate Writing Center Consultant, UX and website redesign of ECU English Department Website, English 100 Graduate Assistant.
Future Plans: Attend a PhD program to complete Doctoral study and teach for a university. 
Why ECU: After transferring into East Carolina my junior year I was exposed to the amazing faculty and staff who would go above and beyond for their students to succeed. I knew I didn't want to continue my education anywhere else which lead me to applying for the MA program.


Rana Dabwan
Undergraduate Degree: BA, English Language and Literature, Tuiz University, Yemen
Concentration: English/TESOL
Research Interests: ESL and EFL learning and teaching, rhetorical analysis, language and style.
Graduate Assistantships While in Program: Bate Writing Center Consultant. 
Why ECU: I am a Fulbright scholar and ECU was among four universities I applied to. Only when I attended ECU, I knew it was the best choice; friendly environment and awesome faculty.
Future Plans: Earning a PhD in Stylistics and Discourse Analysis.

Stephanie Smith
Undergraduate Degree: BA in English
Concentration: Fiction
Research Interests: Creative Writing
Why ECU: I decided to come to ECU because of their creative writing program had classes beyond workshops that sounded interesting and because of the people i met when I visited were helpful.
Future Plans: I plan to continue to write and send out my work for publication while I decide on a career path.