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Meet Sage Dunne, CLA's Graduation Marshal for the August ceremony

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The College of Liberal Arts has selected Savannah (Sage) Dunne, from Pensacola, Florida, as its graduation marshal for the August 2018, Auburn University ceremony. Dunne is graduating with two bachelor’s degrees: one in English literature and the other in mathematics. In addition to pursuing dual degrees, Dunne made time to be an on-air DJ for WEGL (91.1), a math tutor for student athletes, and an intramural referee for Campus Recreation. She was also the recipient of the 2018 Young Scholars Award from the Southeastern Theatre Conference for her submission, “Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and Adaption in Fun Home.” And as an avid football fan, Dunne says she has never missed a home football game.

Find out more about Dunne, and her plans for after graduation, in our interview below…
 

Would you please tell us about yourself?

I'm from Pensacola, Florida, and I decided to attend Auburn after visiting during my senior year of high school. I loved the small-town feel of the Auburn itself, but I also liked that the university had a larger student population. Like a lot of people, I started off in a different major than where I finished. I was an engineering student my freshman year, because I was always strong in math and science, with a minor in English, because I have always liked to read and write, too. After a year, I realized that I was far too passionate about English for it to not be my primary course of study. Though I knew I wanted English literature to be my major, I still wanted to study mathematics. The flexibility of Auburn's College of Liberal Arts made it easy for me to pursue both a bachelor of arts in English literature as well as a bachelor of science in mathematics.

What has your Auburn experience been like?

My Auburn experience has been busy! I worked on dual degrees, I went on a study abroad trip to Austria, and I participated in an Alternative Student Breaks trip to North Carolina. On campus, I was involved with the student-run radio station, 91.1 WEGL, as an on-air DJ as well as the assistant program director my senior year. I've volunteered at middle school math competitions, and I also have had on-campus part-time jobs. I worked for Campus Recreation as an intramural referee, and I also work for the Athletic Department as a math tutor for student-athletes. I've had the opportunity to attend and present a paper at the Southeastern Theatre Conference. Even though I was definitely busy with school work and extra-curricular activities, I never missed a tailgate for home football games with my closest friends.

Do you have a favorite memory you can share with us?

I think one of my favorite memories from my time at Auburn was the snow day we had this last January. Auburn is the Loveliest Village on the Plains, but it's even more charming blanketed in snow. Those few days off of class were pretty nice, too. On the topic of class, my favorite class at Auburn was Survey of Critical Theory with Dr. Stalter-Pace. Dr. Stalter-Pace made each topic, no matter how challenging, easy to understand and apply to literature as well as popular culture. The subject matter as well as the professor's enthusiasm for the course made me realize that I, too, wanted to be an English professor.

What are your plans after graduation? And do you think your CLA education has prepared you for those plans?

After graduation, I will be attending University College Dublin in Ireland where I will pursue my master's degree in English literature & culture. I'm excited to continue my education, as the Auburn's College of Liberal Arts has exposed me to all sorts of paths my studies could take. I've studied British lit., African American lit., Medieval lit., Southern lit., drama and theatre, linguistics, rhetoric, and editorial practices, just to name a few topics. The English curriculum at Auburn lent me a good overview of the rich field of English literature, and I cannot wait to dive deeper into this field and specialize as my career progresses.

What will you miss most about Auburn? And what do you recommend other students do before leaving Auburn?

Before leaving Auburn, I think there are a few things that everyone should do: eat brunch at The Hound, attend to UPC's yearly succulent plant workshop, and watch as many sunsets at the Red Barn as you possibly can. Out of all the wonderful experiences and memories that I've had at Auburn, what I'll miss most is the people. Over the last four years, Auburn has become my home, and the friends I've made really have become my family. War Eagle, forever.

 

Last Updated: July 13, 2018