First-Year Student’s Essay Garners National Attention
Taking a class with Fitz Smith, associate professor of English, clearly can inspire as evidenced by first-year student Taylor Hiner’s nationally recognized essay. Hiner, from North Lima, Ohio, and the entire class were challenged by Smith to write with the program “This I Believe” in mind. Founded in 2004 as “a not-for-profit organization that engages youth and adults from all walks of life in writing, sharing and discussing brief essays about the core values that guide their daily lives,” the program is “based on a 1950s radio program of the same name, hosted by acclaimed journalist Edward R. Murrow.”
As part of the assignment, Hiner wrote about her faith and family, and how they carried her through a frightening misdiagnosis. She then submitted it to “This I Believe,” and the program selected it.
“I just couldn’t believe they chose mine out of the thousands of essays they receive every day,” said Hiner, a lifelong Lutheran and elementary education major whose large family, including 19 members in her father’s family alone, regularly get together.
“I can’t explain enough how much my family means to me,” Hiner said. She also is still in awe over the recognition. “I am truly honored and thankful for such a wonderful English 101 professor who gave me this opportunity.”