"Being interviewed by faculty members made me really think about my poetry. They asked me what authors I liked and why I wanted to write, and I could tell from those conversations that I would really like Bucknell."

Kate Berner '12

"I have a double major in anthropology and English, with a concentration in creative writing. I've always loved reading, but I didn't start writing until high school when I discovered that it was the perfect outlet for me. I'm focusing on poetry, but I haven't settled on a style. I don't want to. I'm still finding out what kind of writer I am. The Stadler Center for Poetry provides a home for me to do that.

"I chose anthropology because I'm interested in learning about people and cultures. I spent last summer working with Professor Deborah Abowitz and have co-authored a paper with her and David Knox. It's called 'Traditional and Non-Traditional Husband Preference among College Women.' I'm actually helping to present the paper at the Eastern Sociological Society's Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

"I could not appreciate these two departments more. The professors are terrific. They are so talented and inspiring. It's amazing to work alongside people like that. My experiences have reinforced my interest in going into academia. My dream is to become a professor and combine my two fields of interest — ethnography and poetry."

Kate is from Smithtown, N.Y.

Posted March 9, 2011

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