Cora BroaddusCora Broaddus is a senior English writing major from Lancaster, Pa. Meet more Goshen students and read their stories.


Cora was looking for a school with lots of options. When she walked onto the Goshen College campus as a first-year, the choices were overwhelming.

“I couldn’t decide what to study for the longest time. I felt like I could do anything, so I decided to meet with as many professors as possible to learn about different programs. I talked to so many people, and they were all so friendly and excited about whatever they were teaching.”

Because Goshen is a liberal arts college, students are required to take courses in subjects outside of their major. So, throughout her first two years, Cora kept busy sampling classes before finally making her decision.

“I met with a professor from the English department and she talked to me about the new writing major. Absolutely everything about it seemed interesting.”


Cora is happy with her choices — both to come to Goshen College and to study English writing.

“I like the students and the teachers. In my writing classes, we do a lot of peer critiques, and I feel supported. My profs take the time to read my work, too, and they give such great feedback. I really appreciate that. I like being pushed and knowing what I need to do to make my writing better.”

In return, Cora is committed to helping her fellow writing students improve, too. She serves as a member of the editorial board for Pinchpenny Press, a project in chapbook publishing sponsored by the English department. Several times a year, Pinchpenny Press publishes works by students and faculty, and as part of the editorial board, Cora works closely with authors to develop, perfect and market their books.

“We get together and review copies of manuscripts at multiple stages of the writing process. Being on the board is a good way for me to get experience and learn about what actually goes on in editing.”


Just like when she came to Goshen College, Cora has a wide array of options as she looks towards her future.

“I’ll decide later… but, I really loved my linguistics class. Maybe I’ll go to grad school!”

– written by Anna Ruth ’12, photos by Alex Pletcher ’14

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