Senioritis and Other Disorders

Senioritis CoverSenioritis is the class publication for English 492, Senior Seminar in Writing, offered at Heidelberg College during Fall 2003.

The major writing projects published here represent the culmination of these students' writing careers at Heidelberg.

You will find a variety of genres represented, from creative writing to personal narrative to technical writing.

Other than formatting the text for the website, the editor takes no responsibility for the writing published here.

If you'd like to find out more about this publication or about writing at Heidelberg University, feel free to contact Dave Kimmel, Associate Professor of English.

Editor's Note: The Cat graphic was taken from Dav Pilkey's excellent book, Kat Kong. New York: Harcourt Brace, 1993. I would like to ask Mr. Pilkey's permission to use this picture, but I cannot find a way to contact him, even via his website. If anyone out there could help me to reach Mr. Pilkey, please contact me.

Faith FerkelFaith Ferkel


Faith Esther Ferkel, "Faith Esther the Pester" to some cousins, is a double major in English writing and music (piano), from Clyde, whose latest favorite authors are Jamie Langston Turner and Jhumpa Lahiri. She began writing for fun at 9, pursued journalism and poetry during 12 years of home school, and published her first paid news article at 15. She wrote for Heidelberg’s literary magazine Morpheus and student paper Kilikilik (which she also copy edited). Someday she aspires to write the great American novel.

Heidi HolycrossHeidi Holycross

Excerpts: A Post-Modern Fairy Tale

I am afraid of other people reading my mind, especially when I am thinking mean thoughts about them. This is a fear that I have had since I was in third grade when I heard about someone being able to read other people's minds. But in other comments about myself, I am a Heidelberg student in my final year here. By the end of Spring term, I will have a B.A. in English literature, and I still don't know what I'm going to do with it. I'm okay with not knowing, which is good because things change so often in my life. My hobbies include: knitting, reading, sleeping, writing poetry, writing in my journal, and other creative activities. I also have a tendency to find myself in very unusual conversations with people that I don't really know, which is a hobby, too.

Amanda JohnsonAmanda Johnson

Ghosts of My House

Amanda Johnson is a struggling writer who suffers from procrastinitis and temporary forgetfulness. At least that is what she thinks; she can't remember. This is her first published story. She has two poems published by the International Library of Poetry, one of which won an award. Amanda will graduate from Heidelberg College in December 2003 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English. After college she is going to take a break to decide how she wants to focus her dream of becoming a more recognized writer. That decision will be temporarily interrupted in April 2004, when she expects the birth of her first child.

Mindy KillgroveMindy Killgrove

My Life as a Fudge Round

I'm a senior AYA education and English Writing Major inspired by real life events to write my story. My hometown is New London, Ohio, and my favorite color is purple. And yes, I am the one who is afraid of cats.

Emily LockhartEmily Lockhart

Jobs for English Majors

My name is Emily Lockhart, and I am a senior majoring in English writing and History. I am from Middlefield, Ohio, and spend my summers working at the Geauga County Archives and Records Center. On campus, I am a writing assistant for the Learning Center, a member of the Honors program, co-president of Phi Alpha Theta, and historian for Sigma Tau Delta. I am unsure exactly what I will be doing after graduation, but I hope to work at an English-related job, possibly in technical writing, which is why I chose to research jobs for English majors.

Amber RoutzahnAmber Routzahn

Everything's Cancelled But the Honeymoon

Amber Routzahn, author of “Everything’s cancelled but the honeymoon,” enjoys reading, writing and spending time with her friends and family. She is currently a senior at Heidelberg College and will graduate in May of 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Education. While on campus she is active in Delta Sigma Chi, Berg Events Council, Student Judicial Board, and many other activities. She plans to pursue a job in teaching while writing on the side. Amber resides in Tiffin, Ohio with her two cats, Smudge and Shadow.

"Dave Kimmel"Dave Kimmel

Dave Kimmel is an Associate Professor of English at Heidelberg College, where he teaches writing and literature. He lives in a small shack near the railroad tracks with 68 cats and a flamingo named Ralphie.