English DSA Kit Charlton

Kit Charlton

Hometown: Berkley, Michigan
Majors: English and Critical Ethnic Studies
Best Adjective to Describe You: Meticulous

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Professors who understand that the things we read and write are never disconnected from the world around us.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
The English department has a strong variety of subjects to study. Pick something you care about and get to know your professors.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I’ve learned that reading, writing, and learning are all collaborative processes.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Though it is not in the English Department, the Critical Ethnic Studies class CES 260: Insurgency and Solidarity fundamentally changed the way that I think about literature and how I relate to it. I was challenged to read and think in new ways and I haven’t stopped since.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
For me, education is about making sense of the world that I live in. The open curriculum has allowed me to do that in the way it is most effective for myself, as well as engage in inter-disciplinary work that ultimately benefits all my studies.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
This will be my third year working in the Writing Center and I am a three-year LandSea leader. These are two very different kinds of pedagogy and they are constantly informing each other and all of my studies.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a critical analysis of the hypertext book House of Leaves, with emphasis on how the text disrupts ideas about what an “author” is in relation to their text.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I know that I want to stick around books. That might be graduate school for English or Library Sciences, it may be working in a publishing house, it may be doing something else and reading as much as I can.