BHSU graduate looks to teach art of writing to future college students

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, April 6, 2015/Categories: 2015








           Black Hills State University graduate Jon Adams, of Cheyenne, Wyo., will earn his English education degree on Saturday, May 9 during BHSU&rsquos spring commencement ceremony. Adams will pursue an advanced degree at Virginia Tech in the fall, with the goal of becoming a college professor in the future.  



As Jonathan Adams prepares to walk across the stage during Black Hills State University&rsquos commencement ceremony Saturday, he recalls his time spent on campus and in Spearfish.

Jon, from Cheyenne, Wyo., will earn a degree in English education on May 9, becoming one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a college professor.

But before he receives his diploma, Jon recalls his memories at BHSU and in the Spearfish community, which has become known as home. He remembers his first day at BHSU well.  

"I remember it being very hot," Jon said. "I also noticed just how friendly everyone was."  

Jon recalled pulling into campus and immediately he was greeted by a group of students and staff, welcoming him to campus and offering to help unload his car. Later that night he attended a University cookout on the campus green.

"That was so neat to have everyone together on that first day," Jon said. "It made me feel welcome."

It was challenging adjusting to college and getting a schedule in place, Jon admitted. But tools on the BHSU website, including the academic planner and advising schedule aided in developing an effective scheduling system.

While at BHSU, Adams was involved in the English Club and served as a Residence Hall Advisor.

"My first few years in the residence hall were so good and I loved helping people out, so I became more involved," Adams said.

After Jon earns his degree, he will attend graduate school at Virginia Tech, studying rhetoric and writing. He also will teach composition I at Virginia Tech while he earns his advanced degree.

"I love teaching. I really, really do," Jon said. "I also love people. Combining my passion of writing with seeing other people improve their writing is the best."

Since middle school, Jon knew he wanted to teach. Originally, he wanted to teach literature. But after taking his composition I course at BHSU, his plans changed.

"I fell in love with writing," Jon said.

He credits all his English professors at BHSU for developing his passion of English and teaching, however there are three professors that left an ever-lasting impression. They include Dr. Vincent King, professor of English, Courtney Huse-Wika, assistant professor of English, and Denice Turner, assistant professor of language arts education.

King helped Jon develop and simplify his writing technique, while Huse-Wika and Turner tailored his teaching style. The two taught Jon several ways to teach English and writing, while engaging students in the classroom, he said.

Jon added he hopes he can become the kind of professor he had at BHSU.

"I would just love to do for my students what these amazing teachers did for me," Jon said.

As he leaves BHSU and Spearfish, Jon said it&rsquos simple what he will miss the most.

"The community. Not just BHSU, but Spearfish in general," Adams said. "Everywhere I go, I cannot walk from one end of town to the other without someone saying, &lsquoHi John. How is everything going?&rsquo I don&rsquot think I will find that anywhere else as much as I&rsquove found that here in Spearfish."


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