English Professor Jennifer Gilstrap has three words that she often shares to students:
“Just be prepared”, she said.
Preparation has been key for Gilstrap as she built her career to lead into her current job. Teaching since 2005, she was a lecturer at UNG at both the Gainesville and Dahlonega campus, an adjunct at Georgia Highlands and an adjunct at Lanier Technical College.
Gilstrap’s introduction to Piedmont was about five years ago as an adjunct. The things that she likes about Piedmont is the small environment and that it is a small liberal arts college, and the academic freedom that comes with that. She likes the fact that it is a teaching college. Since there is not as much emphasis on publishing. Gilstrap noted that because the college is small, you can remember students by name.
“The students are really good here too, because it is such a small college and you can remember a lot of them by name”, she said.
After teaching English for several years, Gilstrap understands what helps students succeed.
“Be prepared and read ahead and read texts more than once”, said Gilstrap.
My name is Madison Powers I am a freshman Mass Communication major and I am a twin. We are fraternal twins and her name is Kaitlyn Powers and she is 2 minutes older than me, but I am taller and that’s what matters.
I am originally from Dallas, Georgia which is near Kennesaw, Georgia. I’ve been to 2 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and luckily only 1 high school. When I was 10 my parents divorced so I’ve moved around a lot, which explains why I’ve been to so many schools. Although I’ve moved around a lot; my dream started when I moved to Gainesville,Georgia where I attended North Hall Middle School and North Hall High School. I moved to North Hall Middle School in 7th grade where I didn’t know anyone and was very shy. Until one day in math class this girl I sat next to asked me if I wanted one of her Cheez-it’s and so I took one and we’ve been best friends ever since.
This was around the time I got very interested in gaming and YouTube. Since at home it was hard; so I would played Minecraft on my iPad and watch YouTube to brighten my day. And since 7th grade I’ve wanted to be a YouTuber because YouTubers helped me get through a lot of hard times in my life, and so I want to be a YouTuber not just because I love gaming, but I want to help other people get through their hard times in their life as well. So everything I’ve done to this day was to help me achieve my dream. So I can learn the basics of audio production and video production as well. I tried teaching myself during high school but it didn’t work out so well. So, I decided to go to school to learn the basics and continue my knowledge on media production.
Although I met my best friend in middle school once I got to high school in my junior year I realized I had a talent for writing poetry. So, one day in my literature class my teacher told us about this competition called Young GA Authors. I was nervous about entering it but my teacher encouraged me to. So, next was the hard part trying to figure out what to write my poem about. And what better thing to write about than what you’re passionate about. So, I wrote about gaming and how it made me feel while playing the games and I called it ‘My Life in a Gaming World’. Time went by and I never heard anything until one day someone from the competition came to my math class to give me a goodie bag and to tell me that I won for the 11th grade out of the entire Hall County. This was one of the best days in my life because I have never really won anything before. So this is my favorite memory from high school that I will cherish forever. I am very grateful I got this opportunity and had someone believe in me like my literature teacher did. These are the reasons I am at Piedmont today.