When I arrived on BYU campus, I knew that there had to be people who were fully invested in the ideas of English Literature. My secular goal had been to become a college professor, so naturally I explored the field. I was directed by my professor to read the journal “American Literature.” After reading a research article on “Ecocriticism” some sparks hatched in my heart. I ran back to my professor and asked what he thought of the article. He hadn’t read it yet. “Well, do you know of a group of people who read these articles and talk about it?” I asked. He said he wasn’t aware of any such groups, but mentioned the future scholars program. “Although you need to find a professor to recommend you. I would, but I don’t know you.” Fair enough, I thought, I had only been on campus two weeks and talked with him just twice. I lamented that I didn’t have someone to recommend me, and then rejoiced when a week later my professor decided he had come to know me well enough to recommend me.

I think this anecdote is illustration enough to show why I would like to participate in this programs, as well as show what preparations I have been making to be apart of it. I have continued to read published research articles. I have been giving extra attention to my English homework, in light of the additional research and reading that I have been doing. I’ve asked my other professors, and even professors I don’t know, what other things I can do to prepare. Many have said that I am doing enough, and others point to resources, networks and other tools that I was not yet aware of. In short I want to be a professor of English, and there’s no reason for me to wait to be apart of the dialogue that is taking place. I want to do and hear what English professors do and hear.