Becca Chambers began the MLAS program for personal enjoyment and for its ability to prepare her for better career opportunities. She had learned that, unless a job required special licensure, employers regarded any graduate degree as “proof of critical thinking and communication skills.”
While pursuing the general curriculum, Becca took a creative writing class and found her niche. She combined her writing skills with her passion and talent for photography, resulting in a photoessay that was published in a magazine. She continued her focus on writing and, after earning her degree, met SACS accreditation requirements to teach college-level English. While employed full time in another field, Becca has also taught English as an adjunct at A-B Tech, a career path she hadn’t considered before her MLAS classes led her there.
Becca sees the MLAS community as a family of motivated and talented students guided by an active and committed faculty which “quietly draws out the best in each student.” That the program resides in Asheville is a bonus for Becca. “The community and its vibe create an almost perfect backdrop for a liberal arts degree program.”
A self-described introvert, Becca hikes, bikes, and camps, and through-hiked the Appalachian Trail—alone—in 2008. On a solo backpacking trip in the Canadian Rockies in 2015, Becca encountered a grizzly bear up close and personal, and while it was “a wonderful experience to see such a beautiful animal in the wild,” it is not one she wishes to repeat.