Katie Barsevich is a senior English/Secondary Education major and a Social Justice minor. She is the editor-in-chief for the Alden Street Review, our campus's literary magazine and the copy editor for our newspaper, the Springfield Student. Katie is also a writing tutor in the Academic Success Center and is a member of the college's English and Education honor societies. In the fall of 2011, she studied abroad at the University of Limerick in Ireland, where she took courses in Irish literature, theory, and folklore. This past September, Katie traveled to Honduras with Humanities professor Jody Santos as a production assistant to a documentary Santos is producing, which will be premiered on campus and aired on PBS this winter.
Katie says: "Traveling is the greatest thing I have done to grow as a person, student, and future teacher. My studies and adventures in Honduras, Ireland, and other parts of Europe have taught me so much about myself and the world. Social justice, literature, and teaching classes, along with traveling, have allowed me to connect all my passions both inside and outside the classrooms."
She adds: "Collectively, the faculty and students in the English Department are a very involved group: many students have abroad experiences, participate in societies and clubs, and are leaders on campus. The department encourages each student in their challenges and successes. Without the knowledge and support of my friends and professors, I would lack the ability and confidence for any of my accomplishments."
Elena Gasparri is an English-Secondary Education major and a Theater Arts minor. She recently appeared as the lead in SC Theatre’s fall 2012 production of David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Proof. She has also appeared in Born Yesterday, Dracula, Dead Man's Cellphone and Middletown.
Elena says: "Being in the English major at Springfield College is like being a part of a family. The students work very closely with one another and generally have a fun time doing it. Some of my great and most supportive friends have sat beside me through these classes. The teachers are all so insightful and supportive. The professors provide the opportunities through discussions and writing assessments for students to work 'alongside the instructor' rather than 'for the instructor.' Each teacher in the English department is adamant about each student's success. They establish an incredible and motivating force in their classrooms."
In her most recent production of Proof, she played Catherine, a young woman struggling to survive her brilliant and manic father's death, and facing the possibility that she has inherited his mathematical genius alongside his mental instability. Catherine encounters conflicts of love with her sister and her father, trust of the man she can't help falling for, and the discovery that her mathematical talent might have the ability to match, or surpass, her father's abilities of younger years.
Elena explains: "Prepping for this role was very difficult. Becoming Catherine would not have been possible if I didn't search within Elena to expose her vulnerability, her anguish, and her unwavering need to be loved and trusted. Adding that to a full courseload, two jobs on campus, and long rehearsing weeks, anybody would rip their hair out! But through it all, I grew as a performer, I had fun doing what I love, and I could not be more proud of the entire company, crew and cast alike, for their unbelievably hard work and extraordinary talent."
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