Info for Parents Counselors

Shelby Cauley '13

Hometown: Chanhassen, Minnesota
High School: Holy Family Catholic High School
Major: English (Literature)
Minor: Classics

Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?

I chose the University of Puget Sound because of the small, discussion-based classes and its beautiful location in the Pacific Northwest.

What has been your favorite course?

My favourite courses have been and will be anything and everything taught by Professor George Erving of the English department, especially Honors 211 "Literature and the Construction of the Self." In this course, we read Homer's "Odyssey," Vergil's "Aeneid," Dante's "Inferno" and "Purgatorio," and James Joyce's "Ulysses." This class caused me to fall in love with literature all over again and made my bookshelves look epic. Pun intended.

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?

See above. I consider Professor Erving the reason I became an English major.  His classes do not simply teach students how to properly use a semicolon; they constantly challenge, enlighten, and entertain them. Every one of his courses has required me to think critically, speak eloquently, and glean a deeper understanding of the world around me in order to be successful.

What has been your favorite class?

Well, the proletariat certainly have been the most entertaining throughout history... Oh, is this similar to the "favourite course" question? Well, my favourite individual class session was in Honors 212 "Origins of the Modern World View." This class was basically about the history of optics, and on the day we learned about rainbows we spent the last part of class watching the Double Rainbow viral Youtube video and its corresponding song.

What is your favorite place on campus?

It has to be Oppenheimer Café during a snowstorm.

What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?

I love the vanilla frozen yogurt!

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?

Take any course that looks interesting or fun, regardless of the department. You never know what subject you will end up loving. I took Latin because I wanted to know what all of the spells in Harry Potter meant, and now I am a Classics minor.

What campus activities do you participate in?

I am vice president of the Honors Advisory Committee for the Honors Program; president of Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society; an International Student Mentor; a Perspectives Orientation leader; a member of a sorority, Latin Club, and a “Finnegan's Wake” reading group; and also work for the Campus Visit Program as a Tour Guide! I will be studying abroad at Trinity College Dublin for the 2011-2012 academic year, where I hope to take full advantage of having access to the Trinity College library. Google it.

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?

I am not sure how quirky or fun this is, but wish I would have known that my rain jacket would become such a regular accessory. I regret investing in one that looks like a trash bag.

Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?

There is no way I can pick a favourite book character. Let's go with television: either Dwight Schrute from the American version of "The Office" or Moss from "The IT Crowd."

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?

I live my life with the hope that today will be the day when Pokémon become real.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?

The entirety of a Sigur Rós album called "Heima" is tied for first, closely followed by the rest of my Icelandic music collection.

You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?

It would be entitled "How to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse on the University of Puget Sound Campus."

Studying Abroad in Dublin

Shelby is studying abroad in Dublin for the 2011-12 academic year. She'll be writing about her adventures at Puget Sound's Adventures Abroad blog.