A Wealth of Passion:
Jennifer Rose Doyle-Corn, Graduate Student
By Michaila Bryan and Samantha Crotty
“To do” would be “to teach”
Everyone has heard the old saying, “Those who can’t
do, teach, and those who can’t teach, teach gym.”
However, that’s not always the case, especially for
Jennifer Rose Doyle-Corn. Teaching has forever been her innate
passion and therefore, in her mind, “to do” would
be “to teach.”
On her path towards becoming a teacher, Doyle-Corn took
a few different turns before finally deciding the direction
of her future. She started college at Western Carolina University,
unsure of her true calling. “I allowed myself to be
convinced that I’d never make money in English, so I
changed my major a couple times.”
It wasn’t until after flirting with the idea of several
other majors that her “Aha!” moment came to her.
“I had always been really good at English and I loved
reading, so it seemed a natural choice to major in English.
I realized that literature — reading and writing —
is what I love, so I decided to have fun with my degree and
focus on English — do what I really wanted to, not what
would make the most money.”
Doyle-Corn graduated from Western Carolina University in
December 2004, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Following college she began teaching Language Arts at the
middle school level. But still she still felt incomplete.
She decided to return to school to earn her master’s
degree and become a college literature professor.
Life as a graduate student
Doyle-Corn began Graduate School at Southern Illinois University;
however, fate decided her return to Western Carolina University
to continue her studies. Upon returning, she sparked up a
new love interest in a dear friend and fellow Western Carolina
English alumnus. She and Mr. Worth Corn tied the knot in 2007
and have been happily married, living out their dreams here
in Cullowhee. Mrs. Doyle-Corn will be completing her degree
May 2010. She will be teaching Composition 101 and 102 in
the Fall semester 2009.
English major: full of opportunites
So looking back…deciding to become an English major
not only opened doors in her carrer, but it also opened Jennifer
Doyle-Corn’s heart to find a new love. Now, she is living
life with her two true loves.