Activities – On campus, I was involved in a couple different extracurriculars: WSUM (the student radio), Pi Phi (a Greek life org), Psi Chi (national honors society for psychology), the Language Ideology and Linguistic Discrimination working group, and Phi Beta Kappa.
Classes – It’s hard for me to pick just one favorite class, so here’s a few: 1) the horror class I took freshman year with Prof. Adam Stern, German 276. We learned about different perspectives on horror from several German philosophers, then applied them to various horror books and films. I’m a huge Stephen King fan, so this was right up my alley! 2) English Language Variation in the US with Prof. Tom Purnell. I’ve always been interested in dialects and want to pursue sociolinguistics in the future, and this could not have been a more perfect class to introduce me to that type of work. 3) My entire senior honors thesis and all the courses that contributed to it, with my mentor Arella Gussow and Prof. Maryellen MacDonald. I discovered that I love doing my own research, and I could not have done it without Arella and Maryellen’s support.
Memory – It’s easier to list what I won’t miss about Wisconsin — maybe walking up Bascom? Maybe the fact that the Van Hise elevators still confuse me to this day? Maybe the fact that Brogden only has one bathroom per floor? Besides those things, I will miss pretty much everything else, from Camp Randall to Lake Mendota.
The Future? – My plans for the future involve first a MSc in Applied Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, then a PhD and (hopefully) becoming a professor in linguistics or something close to it. I hope to always be involved in linguistics/cognitive science research no matter what my career ends up being, and my dream would be to be a professor in the US with a summer/sabbatical home in Sweden!