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Amber Jurgensen

Amber JurgensenHometown: Alexandria, LA

Major: Double major in English and History with a concentration in International Studies

Expected Graduation: Spring 2016

About Amber by Dr. Susan Roach

Director of the School of Literature and Modern Languages:

Amber has a double major in English and History and maintains a 4.0 average. She entered Tech in fall 2013 and plans to graduated in 2016. She has received both the Clariece Harp Lyles and Dorthy Melton scholarships. She attended the Tech London study abroad trip in June of 2014, taking classes for both majors. In addition, she has been a tutor at the Writing Center since Spring 2014.She has serv ed as secretary and now president of the Rho Gamma Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, and in March of 2015 was elected Student Representative of the Southern Region, a position she holds until March 2016 at the next international convention. In addition, she has been a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Lambda Sigma Honor Society since May 2014, Golden Key since November 2014, and Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society since April 2015. She presented an essay at the Research Symposium held on February 2015 on the Louisiana Tech campus, and was selected as Outstanding Student of the English Department in 2015 for Academic Excellence week. She volunteers on the USDA Earth team and plays keyboard and sings backup for her church's contemporary service band. She has truly been a well-rounded student. She plans to attend graduate school with the goal of becoming a college English professor.

Reflections and Advice from Amber

I’ve known about Tech since I was young: my parents are alumni, and I grew up watching Bulldog football. Tech was always on my list of universities to consider, but I chose to become a Bulldog because this university really reached out to me and treated me like family. Throughout the application process, someone was always available to answer any questions I might have, and I was even able to sit in on a summer class and tour George Taylor Madison Hall. I’ve never once regretted my choice, especially because of the amazing academic opportunities we have in the Liberal Arts program.

It’s hard to choose one favorite memory from the years I’ve spent at Louisiana Tech. Taking part in the 2014 Tech London study abroad program is definitely at the top of my list, however. We spent three weeks in London, taking side trips to Oxford and Canterbury, and a group of us even visited Ireland over one of the long weekends. I’ve also loved being a member of the Rho Gamma chapter of Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society, helping to run the Shakespeare Festival and Banned Books Read-Out each year. This will be my second year attending the international convention with our chapter, and I’m excited to present a paper there for the first time.

Louisiana Tech has given me several other academic opportunities as well. Since the spring quarter of my freshman year, I’ve worked as a tutor in our Writing Center. I help undergraduate, graduate, and international students to find the patterns of error in their writing and improve their writing process. I love my job, especially when I leave a session knowing that the student feels more confident in his or her writing abilities. I’ve also attended conferences and symposiums because of guidance and encouragement from faculty in the English department, which have helped me realize that my career goal is to become a college professor.

The best advice I could give to new students is to get involved on campus. Whether that means joining an honor society or Greek organization, applying for SGA or Union Board, or attending events at the BCM and Wesley Foundation, make sure you’re not just attending class and then going straight home. I’ve met some of my closest friends through the organizations at Tech, and they’re a wonderful support system when life gets busy. Make sure that you study, but don’t forget to have fun, too!