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Trevor Thomas Stewart:
Graduate Student and Outdoorsman

By Elizabeth Head and Joshua Smith

From presidential guard to professor

To say that Trevor Thomas Stewart has lived a rather interesting life would be, according to many English majors, an example of litotes, or an extreme understatement. Stewart has been a kayak river guide, a Marine special-forces team leader, a presidential guard, and a high school English teacher, among other things.

He is now pursuing his doctorate at the University of Georgia. The soon-to-be Dr. Stewart said that “reading and talking about books is my favorite part of studying English. I guess that’s why I’ve chosen to be a professor. I want to spend my life reading and talking about books.”

After his dissertation, Stewart plans to conduct research to help improve the teacher preparation programs. After that, he wants to take a trekking vacation in Nepal or Bhutan with his Labrador retriever “Yellow Dog.”

Helpful hints

When asked what advice he would give to a current English major, he responds, “The best advice I could give English majors would be this: Read a lot and write a lot. Don’t read your books just because they’re assigned to you. Pick your classes based on what you want to read, and enjoy them. When you write, make sure your voice comes through clearly. Anyone can write boring academic prose, so don’t do it. Make your writing interesting.

"Break the rules — that’s what rules are there for, " Stewart continues. "But most importantly, follow the advice of Henry David Thoreau: 'If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.'”

These profiles were created by the Karen Greenstone's English 303 class (spring 2009)
and edited for the web by Mary Adams's English 303 class (summer 2009).

Students in Mary Adams's English 303 class (fall 2009) wrote additional profiles.