HFA Student Profile: Carl Mead
English major Carl Mead a student teacher at Amherst Regional High School and a senior at UMass discusses his love of teaching and his strong desire to instill a passion for reading and writing in others.
Where are you from?
I'm from Chelmsford, MA.
How did you choose to attend UMass Amherst?
I came for the marching band. I'd seen Mr. Parks's band play throughout high school, and I needed to be a part of that.
What is your class year?
I'm a super senior, now a member of the class of 2013.
What is your major and why does it interest you?
For one thing, I've always loved reading and creative writing, but primarily, I want to teach high school English. I want to inspire the passion I have for reading and writing in others.
Which classes/professors/experiences at UMass have been most memorable/instructive/remarkable/worthwhile?
My experiences in the marching band and in the band's service Fraternity, Kappa Kappa Psi, have defined my time at UMass. Mr. Parks was a thoroughly inspiring person for the band, and the band should have fallen apart without him. But the band's dedication to what Mr. Parks built, aided by the leadership of our directors, especially Mr. Hannum and Mr. Klesch at the time, showed me what people can do when they share a passion and work together.
What plans or goals do you have following graduation?
I hope to teach English at a high school somewhere in Massachusetts.
Have any hobbies or extracurricular interests been an important part of your UMass experience?
I had a creative writing instructor, Christy Crutchfield, who required my class to go to a certain number of live readings of poetry and fiction. As a result of this, I've started going to as many as I can, whether offered by UMass's own Visiting Writers' Series, graduate students at Amherst Books, or rookies like myself down at Rao's Coffee (every last Friday of the month). These reading have transformed my creative writing experience from a lonely one to one of community.
What do you hope to achieve at the University that you haven’t done yet?
I'm currently doing my student teaching now at Amherst Regional High School. It's the biggest thing on my plate at the moment, so the only thing I have left to achieve at UMass is help the students in my class succeed.
What will you miss most after graduation?
Either the ducks or the squirrels. It's a close race between them.