Senior English Major Spotlight - Kaylee Kern

Author: Lisa Holderman

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For Kaylee, creativity takes many forms. She is a jazz pianist having performed with The Jazz Assemblage, The Phat Tuesday Dixieland Band, and the Indiana University South Bend Jazz Band. She is also an artist with her needle and a member of The Point at Notre Dame. Kaylee hopes to build on the skills she already has to create her own vintage wardrobe using authentic 1940s and 1950s sewing patterns. Kaylee says, “I am an old soul who loves antiques and the vintage aesthetic.” She also loves language and learning about how language influences the way people express themselves. Kaylee feels that her English Major and Irish Language and Literature minor has taught her about structure and origin of native languages and how that frames one’s personal understanding of the world. Her experience in learning the Irish language, where she worked to communicate under a different set of linguistic conventions, was similar to her creative writing journey. She calls the two “beautiful, humbling, and confidence-building”.

Following graduation, Kaylee thinks she would like to pursue a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science as a result of her working experience at the Hesburgh Library She would like to work in some capacity with libraries and keeping them accessible to communities and academic institutions. Regardless of her career choice, she plans to continue writing poetry and perhaps explore the possibilities of having them published.