North Central College student Emily Schmidt participated in the 13th annual Citywide Undergraduate Poetry Festival in Chicago.
The festival was held April 5 at Columbia College Chicago and featured the talents of 12 poets from Chicago-area colleges and universities who read their own original works. Participating institutions included DePaul University, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.
Schmidt, of Mascoutah, Ill., is a senior double majoring in English and theatre. At North Central she has served as a tutor in the EDGE structured study program and in 2009 was honored with the Mark A. Reid Freshman Leadership Award, which is awarded to the first-year student who exemplifies characteristics of leadership, cooperation and care for others.
“This festival is such an amazing opportunity because it is unlike any other,” Schmidt says. “As the only intercollegiate poetry festival in the Midwest, it truly is one of a kind.”
Schmidt says she hopes to pursue writing studies in graduate school.
“Eventually, I want to be a college professor,” she says. “I have so much respect and admiration for the professors I've had at North Central, and I would love to be able to help students the way they've helped me.”
She has performed in theatrical productions, including “The Wedding Singer” in 2010, and was among a group of six students who created and presented “An Evening in Revue” that was performed as part of the College’s Student Director Series in 2010 and later at the 10th Annual Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, the world’s largest sketch comedy festival.
“Emily is a writer of Mark Twain-esque wit, warmth, wisdom and vision,” says Zachary Michael Jack, associate professor of English. “Experiencing her work, whether poetry, fiction or sketch comedy, is consistently a pleasure.”
Theatre and English are among more than 55 majors, minors and other areas of study offered at North Central College. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/majors to learn more.