Intern Spotlight: Autumn Futch

Hi guys! I’m Autumn Futch and I’m the new UNG Press intern for the spring semester. I’m definitely looking forward to many new adventures and learning experiences here at the Press! Before I start this semester-long journey, I thought you all deserved to know a little about me.

I’m a senior English major with a concentration in Writing and Publication here at UNG. I am also a writing tutor at UNG’s Writing Center! English has always been my passion. I always loved to read when I was younger, but in high school, grammar really became my true passion. This major has allowed me so many great chances to do what I love!

This is my second year at UNG, as I transferred here last year as a junior looking for bigger and better opportunities. It is safe to say that I have found them. I’m originally from a very small city, a little over two hours south of Dahlonega, called Molena, Georgia. Molena is so tiny we only have a caution light! Needless to say, I’m used to the small-town vibe that Dahlonega has, but I am always looking for more opportunities.

I’m incredibly dedicated to my schoolwork, so I’m usually doing homework, studying, or creating lists for future assignments. (I love to plan!) My education is one of the most important things to me; therefore, you can usually find me cracking open a book or writing a paper nearly every weekend. You will also probably find me drinking a large iced coffee because I have a problem and it helps me get through any long studying session.

Though I’m usually wrapped up in schoolwork, I still find time to do the things I love, which include reading, making my friends laugh, hanging out with dogs, and FaceTiming my sister and my little niece. My niece is just a few months shy of being a year old and I’m happy to say that she is a lot like me: She already loves books! Every time I video chat with my sister, my niece is banging on a book and trying out new words. Her favorite word right now is HEY! I might be biased, but she’s definitely the best baby. Getting to chat with her and the rest of my family is a sure-fire way of brightening my day!

While at the UNG Press, I am certain I will learn more than ever before. I am so excited to work with such fantastic and knowledgeable people from whom I can learn valuable information and experience. I cannot wait to grow as a person in the profession of my dreams!

Student Spotlight: Kimberly Martin

IMG_0436Kimberly Martin is an English major here at University of North Georgia with a Chinese minor (it’s not as hard as it sounds, she swears). She is 21 years old and hails from the joyful town of Middle of Nowhere—also known as Griffin, GA—where her parents continue to live in their little house on the outskirts. At home she has a chubby cat named Noel and two dogs: a massive German shepherd named Joy and a tiny little basset hound called Bailey, all of whom she loves dearly. She currently lives off campus on Crown Mountain and will graduate from the University of North Georgia this December, which she finds both exciting and a little bit scary!

Kimberly has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl and won an award in elementary school for a creative story about a “funny farm,” which encouraged her to exercise her writing talents and pursue the hobby further. Every day she tries to write a short story to improve her skills in hopes of one day publishing a novel. Furthermore, each November she attempts to complete the National Novel Writing Month challenge, working hard to produce a story each year so that one day she can create “the one” to publish and share.

She is excited to work with the University Press and begin learning the ins and outs of copy-editing, since correcting things like grammar, punctuation, and spelling is something she really enjoys (though most people look at her like she’s nuts when she tells them that). Kimberly became an English major in hopes of one day joining a publishing company as a copy-editor, and by working with the University Press of North Georgia she has taken her first step toward following her dream.