Category: Cardinal Directions


  • Cody DeHaven: Teaching Process, Not Just Content

    Cody DeHaven graduated from Ball State’s English Department, where he majored in English Language and Literature. He now works for Western School Corporation as a high school English teacher. See how he used his English degree to go from teaching music to teaching junior high, to finally landing on teaching high school English.  What does […]

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  • Keli MacDonald: Teaching English in Japan

    Keli MacDonald is a Ball State alum who majored in both English Studies and Japanese. She also minored in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)/TOEFL. MacDonald is currently teaching abroad in Japan through a teaching exchange program. She credits her study abroad experience in Ireland with inspiring and preparing her to teach and travel. […]

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  • Whittley Pike: Beautiful Documents Work Better

    Whittley Pike graduated from the Honors College in 2011 with a BA in English/RW with a minor in German. She participated in Student Government and an Indiana House of Representatives internship. After college, she attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. For several years Whittley was a partner in a small law firm […]

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  • Sean Southern: Literature Gives Life a Story

    Sean Southern graduated from Ball State University in 2000 as a double major in English and History. He earned an M.A. in English at DePaul University in 2002 and a J.D. at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2007, where he graduated cum laude. Following law school, Sean practiced law in both the public and private […]

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  • Jessica Mayflower Beinart: New Perspectives

    Jessica Mayflower Beinart graduated from Ball State University in 2011 with a degree in Creative and Professional Writing. She spent eight years working as a Paralegal and Book Keeper for Bay’s Family Law before moving on to state government, where she now works as a paralegal for the Department of Workforce Development. Jessica enjoys legal […]

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  • Melissa Jones: From Creative Writing to Copy Writing

    Melissa Jones graduated in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts inCreative Writing and minors inFrench andProfessional Writing & Emerging Media. While at Ball State, she was heavily involved with theDaily News, The Broken Plate,Jacket Copy Creative, andBook Arts Collaborative. She used experiences and expertise gained in these roles to secure an internship at Intersection […]

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  • Dr. Joseph Hurtgen: PHD and Published

    Dr. Joseph Hurtgen is a Ball State alumnus with a Ph.D. in English Literature. He has published several articles and is an avid fan of sci-fi. Hurtgen currently teaches at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. Read more to see how he published his dissertation and to get some advice about research assistantships. What made you […]

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  • Kiley Neal: Storytelling in the Workplace

    Kiley Neal graduated from Ball State as a first generation college student with a BA in English concentrated in Creative Writing and a minor in Philosophy. Her work experience includes blogging, social media management, and other content creation in a marketing setting. When we interviewed Kiley in 2019 for this article, she was the Content […]

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