Hilary Umbreit '11
"I'm a double major in German and English with a concentration in creative writing. I've been writing stories since second grade, and I always knew that it was something that I loved. Having gone through the creative writing program, I feel that I've grown noticeably and visibly as a writer."
English and German: Kennett Square, Pa.
"When I made my tour of different schools, I did an overnight visit at Bucknell. It was neat because I got placed with Wendy Wallace, a German/English creative writing major who was in the CHOICE program. Staying with her, learning about CHOICE and seeing the school was what really sold me on it.
"I sat in on two classes — one was in German, and I didn't speak a word of it. The other was a creative fiction writing class taught by Professor Paula Buck. That confirmed for me what I wanted to do. I left here knowing this was the place I wanted to be."
"I'm a double major in German and English with a concentration in creative writing. I've been writing stories since second grade, and I always knew that it was something that I loved. Having gone through the creative writing program, I feel that I've grown noticeably and visibly as a writer.
"My German major was a fortuitous happenstance. When I came to Bucknell, I wanted to take a foreign language and in the spring of my freshman year, the option came up to take an intensive elementary German course. I enrolled and really liked it and kept up with it."
"Spring 2010 I studied abroad in Hamburg, Germany, through a program sponsored by Smith College. The German department here has a strong relationship with the German department at Smith. The program is more or less a full immersion program, which means that you go and you're enrolled in the University of Hamburg as a student and take classes with German and other international students. It was surprising to go abroad and see all the holes in my knowledge of German. Classes at Bucknell are focused on academic matters. Prior to arriving in Germany, I could go on for days about literary depictions in Goethe but I had trouble ordering a pizza.
"It's hard to say exactly what I want to do after graduation. I feel like I have a lot of options, given my majors and my academic background. There's a position through our German program in Heidelberg where you go for nine months, and it's really up to you to shape what you're doing. I'm looking into putting together a creative writing project for a Fulbright scholarship, which would also involve going over to Germany for a year. I've also looked into graduate school programs, service opportunities, and I've considered becoming a field reporter for a magazine, something similar to National Geographic.
"I went to New Orleans as part of the Bucknell Hurricane Katrina Recovery Team. It was interesting because I had seen the city before Hurricane Katrina, so I was able to process just how devastating the hurricane was. I wrote an essay about the disaster for Professor Camuto's 'Introduction to Creative Nonfiction' course, which I was able to present at a literary conference.
"I'm co-president of the Writers of Rohan, which is the fantasy writing club on campus. We meet once weekly to develop our writing skills and write a collaborative story throughout the semester called 'Paradox.' I helped found the Atheist and Agnostic Association and I also brought back the club Adventurers Wanted. I put together a LARP on campus, which is basically a form of improvisational acting at its core. I rock climb at the rock wall in the Gerhard Fieldhouse and I've been involved in the CHOICE program all four years."
Posted Jan. 11, 2011