Hometown: Rome, Georgia
Class of: 2013
Why I Chose Armstrong: “I got accepted to the University of Georgia and Armstrong and visited both campuses. I liked the fact that Armstrong was smaller and that I wouldn’t just be a number. I really wanted to have personal interaction with my professors.”
Favorite Pirate Experience: Earning a departmental fellowship to attend the elite Wesleyan Writers Conference.
Why I Love Armstrong: “I really like the community feeling.”
Best Advice: “Engage with your professors as much as possible. Work with them to learn more than you get in the classroom.”
A Literary Life
For English major Nicholas Godfrey, attending the prestigious Wesleyan Writers Conference in Middletown, Conn. served as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“I had never been to a creative writing conference,” he said. “Thanks to a fellowship from the Languages, Literature and Philosophy Department at Armstrong, I had the opportunity to work with Peter Blauner and other top writers. It was a great experience.”
Nicholas grew up outside Rome, Ga., and developed a love of reading and writing at a young age. “I’ve always had an infatuation with words,” he confessed. “I was an only child and we lived out in the middle of nowhere, so I had to entertain myself. That led to my attraction to stories and books.”
Inspired by American authors like Cormac McCarthy, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and Edgar Allan Poe, Nicholas came to Armstrong with a nearly insatiable appetite for literature. His favorite undergraduate experiences include studying poetry with James Smith, reading Faulkner with Carol Andrews, and analyzing classic horror with Karen Hollinger.
“The classes at Armstrong have deepened my appreciation for literature,” he said. “Plus, Armstrong has made opportunities available to me that I wouldn’t have had otherwise.”
After graduation, Nicholas plans to pursue an M.F.A. in English at Vanderbilt University or the University of Florida. He looks forward to a future filled with reading and writing and plans to develop his craft even further.
“Writing is a part of me,” he explained. “I couldn’t stop if I wanted to.”
For Nicholas, one of the biggest rewards of attending Armstrong is the meaningful connection he has developed with his English professors.
“I’ll leave Armstrong with true friends, including my professors,” he said. “They’re great mentors and incredible instructors. The English faculty at Armstrong could be at any high-level university, but they choose to focus on teaching and mentoring, which benefits students like me.”