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September 29, 2017

Lily Guillen / The Courier

Professor Thorndike is a new Monmouth College faculty member, and you can find her office on the third floor of the McMichael academic hall. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. This year Professor Thorndike is teaching Spanish 101, Secret Lives of Women in Literature (a Global Perspectives class), and a Latin American Literature class. If she isn’t teaching or reading, usually something from her favorite author Thomas Bernhard, Professor Thorndike likes to play video games and write; she even has two published novels as well as two short stories.

So far her favorite Monmouth tradition is listening to the bagpipes because the first time she heard live bagpipes was right here on campus. However, she also enjoyed the Matriculation ceremony where she was able to wear her regalia which she admitted she doesn’t get to wear very often. Along with this ceremony, Professor Thorndike thought it was very interesting that Monmouth likes to include the parents in their students’ first real encounter with Monmouth College. She even said, “I’ve never seen that interaction of the parents meeting the professors if they wanted but I think it’s something really good that Monmouth does.” Professor Thorndike says this position was, “an exact fit for me” because she wanted a job that connected illness in literature with culture and the classes she is teaching does just that.

Professor Thorndike revealed that her hardest transition has been getting used to the small town feel. She was born and raised in Lima, Peru and studied in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, so Thorndike is accustomed to living in cities. She says the hardest thing about it all is having to look for new things to do but that being said Professor Thorndike has enjoyed the new experiences and activities Monmouth has offered to her.

Mackenzie Fletcher
Contributing Writer

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