Andrea Luna doesn’t think it at all odd that she started college as a math major only to end up as an English professor. To her, it makes perfect sense.
“There’s something about the precision of a well-crafted sentence that’s similar to an equation,” she explains. “I teach students that they can’t get away with mushy writing any more than they can get away with mushy equations.”
In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Dr. Luna serves as coordinator of college composition, overseeing the writing courses required of every Lyndon freshman. It’s a natural responsibility for someone whose passion it is to integrate writing throughout the curriculum, and she views this requirement as the opportunity to instill an appreciation of writing in all students.
“If they view Freshman Comp as a hoop they have to jump through and then be done with writing forever, I haven’t done my job,” she says. “The one thing I would like my students to come away from my class with is a sense that writing is a way to make sense of their lives and the knowledge they are acquiring.”