Hello, folks! I’m Whitney Scott, and I graduated from Ferrum College in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. While I studied at Ferrum, I took advantage of many of the opportunities the campus and community have to offer; I served on several committees, participated in grant-funded research, performed in a wide variety of musical ensembles, and even had the challenge of completing the Boone Honors Program’s first thesis project. I presented my honors thesis, which was a study of feminist dystopian novels and was entitled “Perverse Piety: Criticism of Christian Extremism in The Handmaid’s Tale, The Gate to Women’s Country, andThe Fifth Sacred Thing,” to the faculty, staff, and students in the spring of my senior year. All of these experiences, but the honors thesis project in particular, helped me in my pursuit of an advanced degree.
After I graduated from Ferrum, I matriculated into The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I earned my Master’s degree in English Literature and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2013. While I completed my graduate coursework at UNCG, I worked as a graduate assistant for the federal TRiO – Student Support Services program, a grant-funded endeavor dedicated to making a college degree more accessible to first generation and low income students, as well as students with disabilities. These efforts enabled me to pursue full-time employment as part of the TRiO program, and I am now employed as the Learning Specialist at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, N.C., and I am an adjunct instructor in English at Ferrum College. I am currently working on an essay about dystopian elements in the Harry Potter series for Harry Potter: Critical Inquiry, a reference book to be published in 2015.