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Jakeb Maryott


Silver Lake, Kansas

Creative Writing Major

What are your interests and hobbies? 

I like writing creatively, making music, and analyzing public policy. Technology is neat too.

How did you learn about Knox?
I learned about Knox by doing research on the best undergraduate creative writing programs. Coming here was a very conscious choice. I knew that Knox would be a good step toward getting me closer to my end goals in life.

Since you came to Knox, how have you changed?
I have become much more organized, which is ironic since I am allowed to work more on my own terms at Knox. Now I'm a morning person, and I sort my closet space by color -- never thought I would be able to say either of those.

What activities do you participate in on campus?
I am planning on starting a Knox Debate Team. I'm really excited for the chance to start something entirely new and challenging on campus.

How would you describe academic life at Knox?
Easygoing. Since the students here are comparatively more self motivated than students might be elsewhere, professors know that if you are asking for more time on a project or paper, you really do need the time. They are very helpful and really want the students to succeed.

What's been your hardest class?
My hardest class so far has probably been American Literature II with the English department chair, Rob Smith. Lots of writing went into that class, but I really feel like my writing improved as a result -- my knowledge of 18th century naturalism certainly did.

What is your favorite place on campus? Off campus?
On campus -- The bleachers at the track. I take walks there with friends. The bleachers have a great view of the Old Main bell tower, and it's a quiet place at night where you can really engage in conversation. Off campus -- I like walking by the rail yard to see the underlying economic infrastructure of Galesburg. Without the rail yard, this town would probably be much smaller or nonexistent.

What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside the classroom?
I learned to take a break every now and then. Don't burn yourself out on essays by doing it all in one sitting. Your work will suffer as a result.

Any advice for high school students on their college search?
Take chances. Whether that means overlooking in-state tuition in favor of a better college somewhere else or following your passion when people are advising against it, you can't hurt yourself by going for gold.