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Brandy Kiger: Writer and Photographer

By Lauren Harris

Dream big

Brandy Kiger has always dreamed big. She will be leaving the mountain town of Cullowhee in exchange for the wide-open plains of Montana this fall. Kiger is a continuing graduate student at Western Carolina University (WCU) and is finishing her master’s degree in English. She looks forward to graduating in May 2009 and plans to go into magazine editing and publishing. She will travel to Montana to attend the photojournalism program at the University of Montana where she will pursue her passion for writing and photography.

Kiger graduated from WCU in 2006 and taught for a year as a ninth-grade English and communication skills lateral entry teacher. She had originally dreamed of teaching as a career, but her struggles in education convinced her to return to school. Regardless of her difficulties in the public school system, she plans to teach again one day.

In addition to her scholastic achievements, Kiger is a graduate assistant at WCU’s Career Services where she works as the administrator for the Perfect Interview program and also writes and edits the Career Journal, a campus-wide news letter.

Kiger spends the majority of her time reading and working. She spends as much time behind the camera as possible while working on her own fiction and non-fiction, which she hopes to publish one day.

Words of wisdom

Writing is an important part of Kiger’s life. It provides her with an outlet for creativity and communication. She believes that poor communication is the basis for so many problems.

“Being able to write and to write well opens the door to effective communication and opportunities,” Kiger says. She values the importance of being able to communicate well to help society understand what is happening in the world. In her work and education, writing is everything; it’s an expression of who she is.

Kiger’s education at WCU prepared her for her future endeavors. It provided her with a broad range of experiences and opportunities. She wrote for the "Western Carolinian" and worked as an editor for the "Nomad." She says that she may not have had these hands-on experiences at a larger school.

For anyone majoring in English, Kiger suggests reading as much as possible and reading thoroughly. She also encourages students to take classes that will enhance their abilities and push them to new levels.

Kiger’s ultimate goal is to love what she does and to excel at it. Her journey through college and work continues as she discovers more about herself, her passion for writing, and her dreams for the future.

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.