Macon State College MVPs is a web feature that profiles notable students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Full Name: Kasey Elizabeth Corbitt.
Hometown: Moline, Ill.
Residence: Warner Robins.
High School: Greenbrier High School in Augusta, where she was a varsity cheerleader and member of the National Honors Society.
Family: “I live in Warner Robins with my mom, Elizabeth, my stepdad, Ken, and my younger brother, Alec. My dad, Don, lives in St. Simons with my stepmom, Terri.”
Current Employment: Student assistant in the Macon State Student Life office.
Degree Objective: Bachelor of arts in English, secondary education track.
Class Rank: Sophomore.
Macon State Activities: Black Student Unification, Student Ambassadors.
Career Goals: “After graduation, I will be joining the Peace Corps to teach English as a second language overseas. I am not sure where I am going to be assigned yet, but I really hope that I am assigned to Africa or South America. Once I finish my two-year term in the Peace Corps, I plan on finishing my master’s degree, teaching English and either writing for a magazine or writing my own books. I plan on being a published writer within the next five years.”
She chose Macon State College because … “It is close to home and financially it made sense for me. The knowledge that students gain at Macon State is priceless, but since we have to pay for it I would much rather graduate from college debt-free with the same education level than if I were to graduate with $50,000 or more in student loans. I also like the small class sizes and the personal attention students get from the professors.”
The one thing that surprised her about Macon State was … “The game room in the Student Life Center. Before I started working for Student Life I had no idea that there was a place for the students to congregate and hang out throughout the day. The game room always has students in it and it is a great place to meet people on campus if you are new to the school.”
Her favorite professor is … “This is a tough one because I have had some great professors since I have been here. The first professor that ever had an impact on my writing career though was Dr. Kelly Whiddon. I took her ‘Perspectives on Narratives’ class and her ‘Intro to Creative Writing’ class and they were the best classes I have ever taken and could possibly be the reason I decided to pursue my writing goals rather than just teach English. Dr. Whiddon is an inspiration to young writers because of her success at such a young age and she is an incredibly talented writer. She even let me bring my little brother to class one day and made his year by complimenting his writing.”
Her favorite place to study is … “At home at the kitchen counter where I can watch my mom cook and listen to my IPod.”
One thing people don’t know about her is … “I collect tattoos. I have ten so far and I plan on adding to my collection soon. I even plan to get a tattoo using ancient tattooing techniques while I am overseas.”
Her friends make fun of her because … “I really like to dance in public and for some reason it seems as though I am very confident in my dance moves, no matter how outdated they may be.”
The one person she’d most like to meet is … “John F. Kennedy. He started the Peace Corps and somewhere down the line we are related on my mother’s side. She was a Kennedy before she was married. JFK was an incredible person and he saw a need for a program like the Peace Corps that exposes Americans to other cultures and vice versa. He understood that ‘United we Stand, Divided we Fall’ does not necessarily apply to just the United States, but it applies to the world as a whole.”
Five years from now she sees herself … “In a faraway country doing charity work for a non-profit, or teaching English at a high school, or just writing books. Eventually I will be doing all three of these things, I am just not sure which one is going to come first.”