Chapter I: Born. Lived. Died.
There is a Chapter II.
Locale: Lancaster County Pa, USA
Religion: My faith is the primary focus of my life, influencing each part of me. I have been forgiven, cleansed, and empowered by Jesus Christ. Without him, I am a very thoughtful, competent idiot. With him, I am all I need to be, all I could ever hope for. I oppose institutional religious stagnation, but getting together with others is a good idea. God is real. Jesus Christ is his Son, and the Bible is true. Faith is not human effort. It's human choice. I try to be the most listening, understanding, and generous person I can.
Interests: Anything I can learn. Training and experience in new media, computer science, anglophone literature, education, parliamentary debate, democratic procedure, sculpture, and trumpet performance. Next: applied & computational linguistics, probably.
Education: Private school K-3. Home educated 4-12. Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Elizabethtown College in Jan 2006. As the 2006 Davies-Jackson Scholar, I studied English at St. John's College, Cambridge University from 2006 - 2008.
Memberships: Eden Baptist, Cambridge Union Society, ACM, AIP, GPA.
Alum of the Elizabethtown College Honors Program, sponsored by the Hershey Company.
Cambridge English Reading List Cover Letter Excerpts
Sunday, 1 Oct 2006 :-:
(note from J. Nathan Matias: There may be scan errors, since I used OCR on this)
All being well, we look forward to seeing you in October. In the meantime, we enclose for your attention the reading-lists issued by the Faculty of English for the work you will be embarking upon during your first term. During the Michaelmas Term you will be working predominantly on Paper 4, which covers the period from 1830 to the present day. At the same time, there will be classes revolving around the general skills involved in the analysis and evaluation of literature, as reflected in the list entitled 'Literary Criticism'.
For Paper 4, we would like you to read the following works carefully over the summer. It is very important to get through this reading during the long vacation, as you will be reading criticism and additional works, as well as writing weekly essays, in Michaelmas. Please consult the enclosed faculty reading list for the appropriate editions:
- Charles Dickens, Bleak House
- Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
- T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems
- Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
- Samuel Beckett, Collected Shorter Plays
- lan Sinclair, Lights Out for the Territory
You are also asked to read more widely in the period 1830-present, consulting the faculty reading list and your local library. It would be good to have an idea, when embarking on Paper 4 in October, of other authors/works, reflecting your own interests, that you would like to study.
For Paper 6, it would be useful to browse through the following works:
- Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy
- T.S. Eliot, Selected Essays
- Edward Said, The World, the Text, and the Critic
Feel free to consult the faculty reading list for additional reading.
These readings-lists are of necessity couched in terms of the English Tripos examinations for which you will ultimately be preparing, but this should not for one moment be taken to imply that preparing you for exams will be the sole object of our efforts. As well as doing that we shall aim to give you a good general introduction to English studies, which is certain to include various elements that won't 'come up' in exams.