Staff Profile: Get to know English Major Eva

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Hello, my name is Eva Monhaut. I am in the first semester of my sophomore year here at IU South Bend. I am also new to The Preface staff this year. I am majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minor in French.

In addition to writing for The Preface, I work with the Pub Hub publications commons on campus to create newsletters for the English Department. Additionally, I am interning with the South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestra this semester. I am a member of a few clubs: The French Club, The Sustainability Club and the Honors Program here at IUSB. I am also very interested in starting a yoga club, so if anyone is interested let me know!

Outside of the world of Indiana University I spend my time going for walks, attempting to knit scarves, reading, writing poetry and short stories, and practicing yoga. I also enjoy spending time at the gym. Finding that balance in my life between mind and body is very important to me.

When on school breaks I return to Minnesota to visit my mom, sisters and beloved cat, Harry. We also have two standard poodles, Kramer and Stella. Harry is and always will be my cat. He is a part Siamese, mouthy, grumpy old man cat with a tuxedo pattern. When I am home he likes to “assist” me when I read or type by sitting across my keyboard and books.

In the summer I nanny for three wonderful families back in Minnesota. After I graduate, I am considering continuing to work with children, perhaps as a tutor part time. I think children have a lot to teach us about how we learn and interact with the world. I just love seeing the eagerness and the willingness to adapt and soak in the environment that children naturally have.

I enjoy keeping busy because I believe hard work and dedication pay off. Despite my seven classes, two jobs, internship and many other responsibilities I still find time to sit back with a good book. Some of my favorites are Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “Crime and Punishment” and “The Brothers Karamazov” as well as John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden” and of course, “Alice in Wonderland” By: Lewis Carroll.

Writing at The Preface is a great opportunity to learn something outside of my usual bounds. As an English major I write everything in MLA style so having to adapt and learn AP as I go along has been both fun and challenging. Writing newspaper articles was entirely foreign to me at the beginning of this semester and I know I still have so much to learn.

I never took classes in journalism or communications but it is comforting to know that as a writer the newspaper still appreciates and is willing to work with me as I learn the ins and outs of journalism. I think writing at The Preface also is teaching me to go outside my comfort zone and interact with others. My goal is to challenge myself and have fun while writing on topics and issues on campus that I might not otherwise be involved in.

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