Student Spotlight

Meet Our Majors and Minors

Defining Their Future, Today

"If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." - Audre Lorde 

There are a plethora of opportunities for LLP majors and minors to define themselves and their futures within the department. And, in today's fluid workforce, English majors are finding that their writing and analytical skills will translate into a multitude of career opportunities to include education, law, politics, journalism, public relations, advertising, publishing, professional and technical writing. Periodically, we will highlight stellar LLP students who have found creative ways to achieve their academic and professional goals.  LLP Majors/Minors interested in being featured should complete the Spotlight submission form by clicking here: Student Spotlight Submission Form.

Meet James Cooke!

James Cooke

James Cooke

Anticipated Graduation 2017

Major: English  

Why I chose to be an LLP Minor:  I spent most of my undergraduate years wandering aimlessly, until I entered my first Literature class and everything clicked. When I found out that writers for fantasy games are essentially required to have an English degree, I found my direction. I wasn’t too confident about the importance of the subject until I got elbow-deep into literary history and comparative religions. Now, all I want to do is write and read and explore this very magical world we live in.

Career GoalI’d like to create my own tabletop system while breaking the mold of traditional tabletop fantasy structures. I think it’s important to remind people that fantasy is about “what could be” instead of “elves, dwarves, Medieval Europe, trope, trope, trope.” If that’s out of reach, being paid to write wouldn’t be a bad 2nd place.

James Cooke hails from Nashville, Tennessee, and he likes writing for fantasy games and titles. He is a full-time student with three part-time jobs. He currently works for Legendary Games as a designer for their Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition products. His main duties are system conversions and proofreading, with some design offerings. He also works for the Writing Center at TSU as a tutor, where he helps students write papers and understand critical approaches. Additionally, he works part-time as a package handler at FedEx Ground. He plays tabletop roleplaying games about three times as much as anyone reasonably should, he says. "It’s a brave new world of literary expression and it’s a crying shame that TRPGs get looped in with video games in academia."


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Meet Jekei Blair-Edwards!

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Jekei Blair-Edwards  

Senior (Anticipated Graduation 2016)

English Major 

Why I chose to be an English Major:    I developed a love for reading and writing long ago and decided to focus on academic principles that would develop these passions into a skill.

Jekei Blair-Edwards is a 32 year old returning English major who is graduating Spring 2016. She is married with a 15 year old son, and she comes from a lineage of teachers. She is inspired by her mother who has been an educator for over 35 years. Blair-Edwards operates a small dessert business, Iekej The Sweet Company. She attended Lipscomb University and was featured in their alumni magazine, Lipscomb Now. "The decision to finish the work for my degree came from my desire to complete what I started. For several years I struggled with knowing what I wanted to do professionally long term. I needed something to feed my creative side." Ultimately, she would like to use these skills to write and possibly further her education to teach at a higher learning institution. "One of the greatest lessons I learned from coming back to school is that life will always present obstacles that will attempt to keep you from your goals, maturity is knowing that whatever comes you will rise above those challenges and overcome to reach your destination."

Meet Chelsea Cash!

Chelsea Cash

Chelsea Cash  

Junior (Anticipated Graduation 2017)

English Major

Africana Studies Minor

Why I chose to be an English Major: English has always been a major strength throughout my early childhood learning. I always had my nose in a book which made English a huge interest.

My goal is to be the best English teacher I can be in order to equip the younger generation with the proper knowledge for college. I plan on joining the Teach For America program to obtain my certification, where I will be able to reach out to children in need of a great educator.  I will reason with them as well as help them learn in the best way they can. I believe English majors are the main face of the work force. We will educate each newcomer in their expertise. Without an educator, the next generation will not know the amount of knowledge that is out there or what they can do with it.

Meet Kamri Jordan!

Kamri Jordan 

Senior (Anticipated Graduation 2017)

English Major 

Why I chose to be an English Major:  When I started college I was set on going to law school, so I doubled majored in Political Science and English. However, with each English class I took I fell in love with my English major. As a result, I decided to dedicate all of my time to this major!

Kamri Jordan is currently an undergraduate student at Tennessee State University pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in English. Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Kamri credits her family as having a profound influence on her life. An avid writer, she had her first short story published at the age of nine. In the Fall of 2015 Kamri served as a Campus Correspondent for the Ohio Valley Conference where it was her task to write articles pertaining to the history and traditions of TSU Athletics. Kamri hopes to one day be a professor of English Literature.

Meet Candace-Omnira LaFayette!

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Candace-Omnira LaFayette

Senior (Anticipated Graduation 2017)

English Major 

Why I chose to be an English Major:  Originally, I decided to take up English as a major because I couldn't be a Theater Education major. But I have discovered I can do virtually anything with an English degree.

Candace-Omnira LaFayette was born in Nashville but raised in Columbia,TN. Her first career goal in life was to be a landscape artist, which changed to a detective, which later became an author and a track star (she hates working out).  Her calling was solidified when she discovered the power of being on stage. She found a way to become everything she wanted to be. She's an individual and choose each day, even off the stage, to be whoever she wants. She is an actor and work for SistaStyle Productions in the Dark Horse Theatre.  Her advice to her contemporaries: Be Golden.  

Meet Pragati Natraj!

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Pragati Natraj

Anticipated Graduation May 2019

Major: Psychology  

Minor: Philosophy

Career Goal: Sports Psychologist

Why I chose to be an LLP Minor:  I decided to be a Philosophy minor because I thought it would be a great subject to study as the roots of Psychology are from Philosophy. I also wanted to do Philosophy because it helps a lot in critical thinking, which is necessary for a good career in the future and to be a successful individual.

Pragati Natraj hails from Bangalore, India.  She has had numerous successes during her academic and professional pursuits.  She maintained a 4.0 GPA in her freshman and sophomore years, was selected for the President's Roll of Honor, and represented TSU in Women's Tennis, ranking second and third position in the Spring 2016 season.  In the 2015-2016 season, she helped TSU achieve a historic, Team Championship at the HBCU Invitational, and secured another historic win at the OVC conference.  Prior to enrolling at TSU, Natraj was selected by the State Tennis Association in India to participate in a two-month, Advanced Tennis Program at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona, Spain. Her hobbies include listening to music, traveling, reading articles or watching videos of different types of food and restaurants across the world. She has proven to be a shining star at TSU, and a vivid reflection of mission and motivation of LLP.