April Cantrell, a 2020 graduate of Mercer University‘s College of Professional Advancement, earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a concentration in writing.

What are your plans after graduation?

I plan to continue working in the Office of the Registrar at Mercer while following my dreams of being a published writer.

Who was your favorite professor and why?

I am so inspired by Dr. Margaret Eskew. She has poured herself, heart and soul, into each and every student she encounters. She personifies what it means to inspire others by leading with action and investment. She nurtures an environment of positivity and creativity, making students, staff and faculty feel immensely valued. Dr. Eskew works tirelessly in giving all her many gifts to others. She has left her thumbprint on my heart forever.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite classes would have to be the writing courses I took with Dr. Eskew in which we gained strategic knowledge and guidance in the creation of our own works of writing and then empowered each other through group workshops, strengthening them into artistic masterpieces.

How do you plan on changing the world?

I plan to spread creativity and empowerment to others who seek to write their own stories and don’t know where to begin. I plan to write books of various genres, strengthening my interdisciplinary education independently, and leaving my mark on the world through writing.

What makes Mercer special to you?

Mercer is a wonderful environment of students and administration that reaches out to the community and the world in real and inspiring methods.

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