Random Insights on College Life from Dr. Moser’s English 207 Class

This post is a shared effort. Dr. Patrick Moser asked his Expository Writing students to create writing responses based on a series of short prompts related to their time at Drury.  This writing moves in an experimental direction, one in which we see a version of collaboration within the Humanities classroom.

“The Most Romantic Thing” by Morgan Piotraschke (Advertising, Public Relations)

“And of course, there’s a good chance you’ll meet your husband or wife while you’re here.” That’s what my O-leader had said when I was just beginning college. I thought the idea was completely absurd. But over the years, the O-leader’s statement rang true. Just this year, several couples are engaged after meeting at Drury. I am certainly not one of them, but I will tell you about the most romantic thing to happen to me on campus.

It came in a terribly awkward encounter in Olin Library. I was sitting with girlfriends when this random boy approached me. My earbuds were blasting music, so I couldn’t hear what he said. When I took out the buds, he repeated himself: “Hi. What’s your name?”

“Hi,” I said. “I’m Morgan.” I thought, I haven’t had this awkward of a meeting since middle school.

“Well, Morgan. I’m John.”

“Oh, um . . . Hi.”

He stood there. Staring. Then he made uncomfortable small talk. My girlfriends were giggling uncontrollably.

When he finally realized that I was over the conversation, he said, “I just wanted to say ‘Hi’ to you because you’re a ginger too”—he meant the color of my hair—“and there’s not many of us around here. We’re the same! Don’t ever change it.”


“It’s A Secret” by Shelby Moore (Elementary Education)

Two weeks ago students were waiting anxiously for spring break adventures to sail them away to exotic beaches and foreign lands. Unfortunately, paradise had to wait a week due to midterms. I asked around campus for students to spill their secret study spot.

Some claim territory at Club Olin for the week, calling dibs on the group study rooms. Others would rather ride solo in the cubicles.

If the library is too mainstream for you, check out Trustee Science Center. “There are a lot of potted trees there,” said Biochemistry major Miriam Colligan. “It’s like a jungle.”

But the best advice might be your own classroom. Being familiar with the room can trigger your memory during the test.

Who knew?


“Truth In Advertising” by Lisa Griffin (Architecture)

The new Fresh Ideas Food Service has delicious homemade chips, and their bacon is cooked to perfection. They have an incredibly difficult job feeding all of us, but I’d like to make a suggestion because often I use my swipes just to end up eating cereal. More truth in advertising would help. Case in point: the other day I looked at the online menu and found they’d be serving Greek chicken. I scurried over to the FSC and what did I see?

Uhh, it didn’t look the way it was advertised.

I settled for cereal.

The Food Service supplies us with nutrition cards above each dish, which is great. I’d also like to see a card for students with special dietary needs like allergens—there are more than you might think on campus and right now they have to fend for themselves. More information on the nutrition cards and more truth in advertising will help free me from the cereal bins.


“Squirrel U” by Taylor Wehnmeyer (Biology, Chemistry) & Shelby Johnson (Music Therapy)

 When I first came to Drury in August 2013, it immediately became apparent that Drury had a thing for squirrels. Everybody practically worshipped the rodents. The university included average daily squirrel sightings in its brochures and newsletters. They even had their own twitter page. When one was discovered deceased on a nearby roadway, it was a tragedy.

But things have changed.

The twitter account is no longer active. You hear little mention of the beloved creatures. These days the university seems to be more interested in vagrant beavers. I didn’t think we had a lot of beavers in Springfield, considering it’s a city.

Although Drury is known for many things, the squirrels bring another sense of life to our campus. Drury squirrels have entertained me on walks to and from class for the last three years. We should renew our love and adoration of the squirrel population on campus. It will bring more attention to the university and help spread the word that Drury is quite an interesting college, in its own way.


What’s your secret for getting through the day?

Have a good attitude, get up early enough to prepare for class, and to be ready to tackle whatever comes your way. Most importantly: have a supply of coffee!—Ellie Helgaas (Biology)

Lots of coffee and laughter—Aliyah Jackson (Biochemistry)


What’s the best thing that’s happened to you outside of class?

Playing softball—Abbie Stahlman (Elementary Education)

I’ve made tons of new friends because of the LLC, and it’s nice to be in an environment where the people who live right next to you are going through the same struggles/studies/successes as you— Landyn Kozlowski (Biology)



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  1. LOVE these stories and am so proud of Drury’s young writers!

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