UMO Student Presents at Sigma Tau Delta Convention

UMO Student Presents at Sigma Tau Delta Convention

MOUNT OLIVE- For most aspiring writers, the opportunity to publicly present a paper can prove to be daunting and out of reach. However, University of Mount Olive (UMO) student, Kimberly Connors, recently embraced the opportunity at the 2014 Sigma Tau Delta Convention held in Savannah, Georgia.

 

Connors, a junior English major, has been writing for as long as she can remember. So, it was no surprise that she joined UMO Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honor society that promotes high achievement in English language, literature, and writing.

 

A short fairy tale written by Connors for a class assignment received positive feedback from the UMO English Department and Connors’ fellow classmates. That writing assignment turned into a real fairy tale for Connors.

 

“My professors encouraged me to submit my paper to the convention,” Connors said.  “Out of the countless applicants, I was one of four selected to present in the fairy tale category.  It was an amazing feeling!”

 

Excited and anxious about the opportunity, Connors worked with the English professors and her fellow students to prepare and practice for her presentation. All the preparation paid off.

 

“It was a bit nerve-wracking to actually get up and read my story in front of strangers at the Convention, especially after hearing the amazing things others had written,” she said. “I was so nervous, but it was good to get up there, face my fear, and successfully present.  It’s an experience that has helped me in so many ways.  I hope others get the same chance, because it’s an opportunity students shouldn’t miss.”

 

At the Convention, Connors learned valuable lessons as she watched numerous presenters, heard amazing stories, and collaborated with other writers during group editing sessions.

 

“The Convention was wonderful and fun because we were in Savannah,” Connors noted. “The Convention is an opportunity for those who love English to collaborate and learn about writing. It’s nice being around people with the same interests, who have differing views and ideas.”

 

Connors is grateful for the experience and is excited to be able to apply the skills she learned in her classwork and her future writing career. “I am trying to write a book, which is a lot of work, because I’ve always done short stories,” she revealed. “Trying to create a piece of work that lasts for hundreds of pages is a new challenge, but luckily I have the English Department to help me out, and I hope that I will be able to finish an awesome book one day!”

 

 

The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.