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Meet Amy Gates

Amy Gates is currently the Scholarships & Awards Committee Chair and the Midwestern Regent for Sigma Tau Delta. She was inducted in Sigma Tau Delta as an undergraduate at what is now Truman State University. She delights in being helpful and being engaged with students and the Society.

  1. I chose to become an English Major because I love reading and thinking about literature and thought the degree would be flexible in terms of careers I could pursue.
  2. My favorite part of being an English Major is discussing ideas inspired by what we read with others who are passionate and eager to think about the world and the human experience.
  3. The last book I read was A History of Wild Places by Shea Ernshaw.
  4. My favorite book is too hard to choose, but I do teach Frankenstein by Mary Shelley quite often, though, and I never tire of discussing it.
  5. A book character I identify with is the narrator of A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf.
  6. The last book I bought was Big Cat, Little Cat by Elisha Cooper for my nephew.
  7. I do not have a favorite book-to-movie adaptation. I would rather read the book.
  8. I’m more of a reader than a writer.
  9. My favorite style of writing is British cozy mysteries when I am just curling up with no reading agenda.
  10. My go-to children’s book is The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.
  11. My favorite childhood memory is Dad making up “Penelope” stories about a pioneer family when we went on long car rides.
  12. Growing up, I was sure of nothing for a future job! I am too practical, and I have always known plans change.
  13. My first job was as a babysitter.
    Dove Cottage, home of poet William Wordsworth, in the Lake District
  14. My dream job is being an English professor—but with a much more manageable workload so I could enjoy it more!
  15. I like to spend my free time—I no longer have free time.
  16. The destination at the top of my travel bucket list is the UK, Always the UK.
  17. The literary place I’d most like to visit is the Lake District and visit Dove Cottage now that it has reopened. I would also like to do the Jane Austen “pilgrimage.
  18. If I could move anywhere in the world, I’d live in Yorkshire, England.
  19. If I was stranded on a desert island, the three things I would bring with me are my fully loaded Kindle, a mega-charger to keep it going, and flares because the charger won’t work forever.
  20. The one song I could listen to on repeat is brown noise” to drown the world out.
  21. The best gift I ever received was the OED on CD-ROM given to me by husband back in the day. Amazing!
  22. The best gift I’ve ever given is when I spearheaded a totally successful surprise 60th birthday party for my mom—the best gift to her ever (except myself—I was born on Christmas day).
  23. If you find me in the kitchen, I’m typically whipping up all kinds of cookies.
  24. If I could try any food from a book or series, it would be the little cottage girl’s porridge from “We Are Seven” by William Wordsworth.
  25. The author (dead or alive) I’d most like to spend a day with is no one. I like my hero-worship to be from afar.

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