Student and Alumni Spotlights for the Creative Writing Program

Martha Krystaponis, Creative Writing Major

Name: Martha Krystaponis, alumna
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Christian Ministries
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky
Fact: I hate broccoli with a passion.

I chose to come to Belhaven because... I was deeply impressed by the people at Belhaven when I came to visit. Their love for the Lord, for people, for words... The creative writing program excited me, and Dr. Smith's passion for teaching and growing us into quality writers was encouraging and inspiring. I knew that he and others would work with me to refine my art, to help me become the person God was calling me to be. And Belhaven enabled me to attend by providing me with sufficient financial aid, as well, which was a large factor in my college decision.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven University... is with Dr. Randy Smith, who is a gem of a professor. He's enthusiastic-about his art, about helping others to develop their own art, about modeling the Master Artist-and his passion is driven by real talent that overflows into all of his work. His caring for students, his work, and the Word of God has deeply influenced me over my years of studying under him. Another significant relationship has been with Adie Smith [who] has been a roommate, a friend, and a sister to me over the several years I've known her. She's helped me to love life, others, and our Lord more fully, and I hope and pray that I've done the same for her. They say you make friends for life while at college, and it's true, but I've been lucky enough to gain a real sister.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I'm looking into getting my MFA in Creative Writing at a number of graduate schools. Aside from furthering my education and getting a terminal degree, I could also work with publishing companies or a wide variety of literary and creative arts journals and magazines. I recently learned of opportunities to combine my major field of study with my minor by going into missions with Operation Mobilization or another organization and working as a writer for a mission team. I've been prepared to teach at a variety of levels, and in fact, I've taught elementary students in the past. Being educated at a liberal arts institution has given me a foundation in a range of areas so that I can go into the working world and find employment wherever God might lead me, and I can continue to write as I continue to live and breathe.

One word to describe your experience at Belhaven: Growing