Student and Alumni Spotlights for the Creative Writing Program

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Martha, Creative Writing Major
Martha Krystaponis

Sarah Swenson
Sarah Swenson

Jennifer Diane
Jennifer Daine

Lea, Creative Writing Degree
Lea Schumacher

Sarah Vanbiber, Creative Writing Studies
Sarah Vanbiber

Krista, Writing Major
Krista Kliewer

Lea, Bachelor of Fine Arts Creativei Writing Major

Name: Lea Schumacher, alumna
Major: Creative Writing
Hometown: Essex Junction, Vermont
Fact: I wanted to be a police officer for years. Apparently that was not my true calling.

I chose to come to Belhaven because... I wanted to experience a new place and a new culture. Also, when I was a senior in high school, I decided I wanted to pursue a Creative Writing degree, and Belhaven University is the only Christian school to offer a B.F.A. in Creative Writing.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven University... Well of course, I met the love of my life, my fiancé, at Belhaven. He's from Alabama, so the chance of us meeting anywhere else was pretty slim. I also had the privilege to be mentored by award-winning novelist Howard Bahr, who teaches part time at Belhaven. His advice and understanding about my writing has been invaluable.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I have developed and matured as a writer. Whatever I decide to explore for my career and further schooling after I graduate, I know that my time at Belhaven has strengthened my writing in ways I didn't know was possible.

One word to describe my experience at Belhaven: Adventure.

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