Doctor of Letters
Q. Why did you choose Drew’s doctor of letters program?
A. I was searching for a program that allows for creativity and critical thinking, and I found both at Drew. It’s an institution that embodies true learning in all of its aspects. The D.Litt. program provides for intellectual challenge, enlightened faculty and intelligent discourse. I love the interdisciplinary approach, the fact that the professors really care about their students and the sheer joy of learning.
Q. You’re very enthusiastic!
A. I am, and I actually have referred three friends who are now students in the D.Litt. program. I have shared my enthusiasm for the program with them, and they also have found the program to be enlightened. Drew is the place for those who truly love learning.
Q. What do you feel is the core of your Drew experience?
A. The professors, who value true learning and inquiry, are at the core of it all. I have been led to many other ways to express myself, and believe in myself and my ideas. One of my professors not only responds to each student journal assignment in written detail, she makes personal phone calls to further discussion on the assignment. What more could a student want?
Q. What about the curriculum?
A. The curriculum is outstanding. The courses offered are of such interest that, at times, I have to decide among several that I might want to take. I’ve had many positive experiences. For instance, I have always enjoyed C.S. Lewis; in one of my courses I was led to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the man and his works. After I took the course I was moved to discover a conference on Lewis at Oxford University. I wrote a paper and was accepted to read it at the C.S. Lewis Institute at Oxford University. It was a most profound experience.
Q. Sounds like an amazing opportunity. What’s next for you?
A. I plan to continue learning. I have taught graduate school in the past and may want to return to teach a course at that level. I am presently an English professor at a local community college. I also would like to write some articles for scholarly journals and, perhaps, a book. But my ultimate goal is to live an enriched life through continuous learning. The D.Litt. program enhances that goal as I grow as a writer, reader and learner.
Q. Any advice for someone interested in the D.Litt. program?
A. I would want that student to know that if he or she takes a course, that course will be the beginning of the most exciting journey one could take. Take the first step—you won’t be sorry!