Greg Hlavaty, College Professor
By Elizabeth VanMetre
Just one year after graduating with an English degree in
2008, Greg Hlavaty has found himself lecturing, with a permanent
position, at Elon University. He owes his success to his professional
and creative writing classes at Western Carolina University.
Hlavaty uses the skills that were built and perfected at WCU
to write and edit every day.
Professional experiences are fulfilling
Not only does he have a stable job at Elon, he also has had
fulfilling teaching experiences. Hlavaty speaks about a recent
student who had "poor academic performance but was an
excellent athlete." Hlavaty saw so much potential in
the boy that he continued to force him to do his work. By
the end of the semester the student had raised his grade of
an "F" to a "B," and told Hlavatgy
that if he had not pushed him so hard "he would have
failed out of school."
Hlavaty explains that just because someone majors in English
does not mean they have to do something directly relating
to it. "English is handy for learning to write, thinking critically,
and discussing complex ideas," he explains. "These
valuable skills are important in a number of careers."