Student and Alumni Spotlights for the Creative Writing Program

Sarah Vanbiber

Name: Sarah Vanbiber, alumna
Major: Creative Writing
Minor: Biblical Studies
Hometown: Marshall, Texas
Fact: I've lived in six states-as far south as south Louisiana, as far north as Michigan, as tropical as Orlando, Florida, and as country as Memphis, Tennessee.

I chose to come to Belhaven University because... it is the only Christian university with a B.F.A. in Creative Writing. That is the reason that most stands out when I am asked why. More than that, though, I felt clearly that God was directing me to Belhaven; He closed all other doors and opened the door to this school. The warm welcome I received on my visits to campus sealed the deal for me.

One relationship that has meant a lot to me while attending Belhaven University... is my relationship with Dr. Melissa Hause, an art professor and the dean of the Honors College. By sitting under her instruction and dialoguing with her in and out of class, I have learned more than at any other time. She is a deep encourager, a brilliant instructor, and she is always open and real. She loves learning, and her love is contagious.

Because of my degree from Belhaven University... I hope to incorporate what I've learned of literature and writing into my occupation and my life. I know I'll continue writing for the rest of my life; I've caught the writers' fever. I would love to use my knowledge of literature and Creative Writing to minister to others, whether that is through my own writing or through teaching others the expressive beauty of language, story, and the written word.

One Word to describe my experience at Belhaven: Expand