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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.”

The “Aha”moment

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.

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.