Monday Meet and Greet: Kelsey Stratman

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Tell us about yourself!

I’m really thrilled to be here in this environment. These first few weeks have been a whirlwind but have also been exhilarating- how lucky am I to be here essentially getting paid to learn?

Academically, I’m currently on a kick of saying that I want to study Appalachian literature, but my answer to that question tends to change every few months so we’ll see how it goes. Personally, I like cooking, spending time in the woods, taking bubble baths, and hanging out with my cat.

Why did you choose Lehigh?

I chose Lehigh because the department seems supportive not just of students as academics but as well-rounded people. I’m also really into the idea of Lit and Social Justice and trying to figure out what exactly that can mean.

What is your favorite book outside your field of study?

Pride and Prejudice is probably my favorite book. It feels like a cop out because my answer to that question hasn’t changed since I was fifteen, but I would honestly die for Jane Austen. I also love Cormac McCarthy and have recently been getting into Wendell Berry.

What are you most looking forward to this year? 

I’m really looking forward to developing my critical reading and writing skills through intensive practice. I’m also excited to learn more from the other students in the program, who all seem like smart and wonderful people.

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