Senior Profile: Joshua Ingram

Josh I Joshua Ingram is an English major on the Language, Writing, and Rhetoric track and has an interest in raising awareness for marginalized voices.

Why did you decide to become an English major?

I have always enjoyed and loved English as a high school student. Honestly, it was one of the few subjects that I excelled in. Mathematics was not something that came easy for me, however, English was a subject that, from early childhood, was one that I naturally gravitated towards.

Fast forward to becoming an English major, it was a combination of recognizing my skills and strengths as an academic; the other half had to do with my desire to develop my writing, oratory, and analytical skills. And selfishly, I love to read, especially literature that I am unfamiliar with.

On another note, I wanted to destigmatize the notion that English majors cannot obtain high-paying or commonly sought after positions.

What clubs, campus groups, internships, outside of class projects have you been involved with? Do you have any leadership roles in these groups?

I have had two internships throughout UG. The first, I was a TA for Engl301 for Dr. Blake Wilder. The second, I was an intern for Professor Justin Lohr's Engl388C: Writing for Change course. I was involved in a non-profit Christian organization that provided me the opportunity to go to Zacapa, Guatemala two consecutive years on service trips.

What has been your favorite class in English and why?

I usually don't struggle with superlatives in questions unless it deals with English.  I have had several *favorite* classes in undergrad, but if I had to choose it would be Engl301. This class was one of the best for two reasons: Dr. Wilder knew his audience well and tailored the class for the variety of people that were there. Secondly, we had open and honest discussions about the material. My second and third options are classes taught by Dr. Chico and Dr. Ray.

What is something you read during class that impacted your worldview?  

That's easy -- any antiquated treaty that Aristotle produced. I am an aspiring grad student that has deep interests in classical and modern rhetoric.

What skills (professional, creative or other) do you think you’ve gotten from the major?

The ability to write and speak quickly and effectively. This is something that is routinely developed as an English major, with paper-after-paper – even some presentations – it helps to formulate sensible ideas that are clear, convincing, and well-communicated.

What is your dream job or career?

Technical writer for Google.

What are you passionate about (or even curious about)?

I am passionate about raising awareness for marginalized voices, particularly those that are within the Black community. In addition, one of my biggest goals is to establish stronger reading and writing programs in under-resourced Black communities, as well as strengthening public school libraries with more diverse literature by writers of color.

To you, what has been the most valuable part of the English major?

The privilege to learn from different literary giants/voices that are opposite of what I'm used to or would prefer.