Sorry to anyone who was waiting for me to get the second half of this uploaded over the weekend, but some unforeseen circumstances led to me much busier throughout labour day weekend, but I still have the second part of my interview with Katie Broadhead, where we discuss her major in university and what made her choose that path, as well as her own blog. Once again I want to thank Katie for being such an awesome person to interview and I hope the readers enjoy. As a side note this part of the interview was actually done first, but I felt like the section on starting a new school year and being new to the city would be a better fit over labour day weekend.
Jon: So we’ll start with your name
Katie: My name is Katelyn Marie Broadhead, but I go by Katie have my whole life.
Jon: So I want to start with some context, so if you could briefly describe who you are?
Katie: Who I am um… I guess I’ll go with basic stuff. I’m a university student at the University of Alberta, I’m in secondary education which means I want to be a high school teacher. I focus on English because I’ve always really loved to write and I love the ability that literature gives you to capture the human experience and study it, right now I’ve been at home for the summer in Stirling, Alberta, worked at the store in town and I say the store because there is only one. I guess I’m LDS, I grew up with the religion I was born into it, my family has pretty much been Mormon since they came over from England so very very Mormon.
Jon: Thank you for answering half of my questions in a single go.
Katie: I can expand!
Jon: No worries, next if you could describe what it’s like to grow up in a small town like Stirling?
Katie: Yeah ok, I was actually born in Cardston, Alberta but my earliest memories are in Calgary for a little while, probably two years we lived in Calgary so kinda my first experiences growing up were in a city so when I moved to Stirling I just remember how much of a shock that was, we pulled into town and everyone waves at you and at first we thought that was so weird cause we didn’t have any idea who these people were, but it really kinda spoke to what kind of place it was, like even if they didn’t know you they were going to get to know you.
Jon: Even if they never got to know you they assumed you were friendly enough to wave to.
Katie: Yeah, I would say that getting to grow up in a small town it’s really great you get to grow up pretty good and slow and there’s a lot of this sense of freedom because it was like the pool was only a dollar to get in so you’d find a loonie in the morning, play in the park for a few hours, then go to the pool for a while, leave and play at the park for a bit longer and then be home when it got dark, other than that though it was prerogative what you got to do. So I actually really liked it, it wasn’t until Junior High that I, and I think this is a common experience, started to resent it I mean kinda like a child yelling at their parents that they’re ruining their life.
Jon: We all have those angsty moments.
Katie: Yeah like, Ahh you’re holding me back and I’d be so great if it wasn’t for this place. Overall though I look back and really appreciate, I grew up I went to high school with the same people I grew up with so you really have this strong sense of family with your community and you have a sense of home that extends past a place or house. Like the whole community is your home, the people you grew up with, the places and the streets. You have deep roots given to you really early on.
Jon: I think that everyone strives to build that sense of community somewhere whether it’s the place they live or around the profession they choose, people try to build that community around them. I actually want to step back for a second since you mentioned briefly that you got to grow up slowly and I just wanted to clarify what you mean by that?
Katie: I feel like in cities or places like that, I guess I just grew up in a pretty Mormon community and a community where you’re not exposed to a lot of different experiences so you’re allowed to just be a child and grow up playing and that’s what I experienced growing up playing outside and building forts and you have a childhood.
Jon: So you got to appreciate the innocence of childhood rather than being forced into the adult world at a very early age?
Katie: and now especially, and this isn’t just in cities but I feel like kids are trying really hard to be grown-ups, like twelve year olds have boyfriends, they have phones, but realistically I was still playing Barbie’s when I was twelve years old. So there’s that sense of just being able to have a simple childhood. Like kids have Wii and go to movies and I had a backyard we played in for hours at a time so we had to create the world we played in when all you have is a pool and a park.
Jon: So after growing up in Stirling and finishing High School you began attending the University of Alberta the following fall, what influenced your decision to attend that school?
Katie: I get this question a lot, because there’s the U of L, the Univeristy of Lethbridge which is only twenty minutes from where I grew up and especially with its education program that’s really good, but when I was in grade twelve I was in this stage where I resented small towns and all you want is to get out of this small town so Edmonton was far enough away at seven hours, but still close enough that I could be close to my family. It was also the city and it was new. Like I know myself well enough to know that I don’t always push myself so I knew if I stayed here I would hang out with the same people I always did, do the same things I always did, live at home still, I wouldn’t get that new experience that I was needing.
Jon: So it was more of the location and a desire to grow as a person rather than a draw to the academic program?
Katie: Yes, the U of A is a great school, but it was definitely more the location rather than the school itself.
Jon: Cool, so you mentioned that you were focused on Secondary education meaning you want to teach high school, what draws you to education?
Katie: I think focus a lot on like, “oh you just teach English, you’re just teaching science” but it’s actually more, like I think teachers have the unique ability to teach people how to learn, Because school is really just a micro version of how the rest of the world works, and you have the unique ability to be there teaching people how to interact with the world, how to learn, to have an open mind. I’m majoring in English and that’s what drives me, I really like English studies, I love literature, and I think that being able to teach people how to express themselves, to read, to interpret the world that’s a really cool chance to have so that’s what drove me to it.
Jon: So what draws you to High School?
Katie: I question that quite a bit actually.
Jon: Exactly because a lot of people think high schoolers are the worst to teach.
Katie: and they are, but I almost transferred into elementary because I had a job where I worked with kids and it’s a lot of fun, but it (high school) is mostly a challenge and I think people discredit teenagers and say they’re rude and snarky but you’re catching people just before they go into the rest of their life. Like you really have a couple years where they are figuring out who they are, what they think, they believe in, so you have a chance to come in and have a positive effect on them and I think that’s just really great.
Jon: So being able to help mold the future of society is a big draw?
Katie: I actually had a teacher that had a really good point. He was a psychologist, at least he wanted to be one and he kept meeting people and all he could think was, “If I had the chance to get to them sooner” before they had all these life experiences that were bad and so he became a high school teacher instead because you get to catch them just before they go out into the world on their own really.
Jon: Great answer, now I want to go back to your love of literature and where did that come from?
Katie: I’ve always loved to read, like I have a lot of memories of reading before going to bed and going to the library and just loving the chance to see lives outside of mine own and use that imagination. I also love to write, I used to sit at the computer when I was younger and just write stories for hours at a time, and they were terrible, but I got to express myself through the written word.
Jon: So in writing would you say you have any major influences? Who do you look towards and aspire towards in terms of your own writing?
Katie: I read a lot of blogs, and there are a couple of women who I follow who have a good balance or sharing their life with what they think and I really like their tone. I also really like blogs that are funny, and make humour out of their life. I also like authors like Stephenie Meyer, just kidding. I like Charlotte Bronte. Jane Eyre, she has a really good tone I like how her writing feels very honest and I really like that about her books that there’s authenticity in them.
Jon: So beyond your own blog at Sarcasmandsentiements.wordpress.com do you have any other writing projects you are working on?
Katie: Not really, my blog is my main outlet for expressing myself to the outside world. I’ve always had a reservation about sharing writing, cause there is always the fear that something that sounds really good to you and you’re thinking that it’s just going to tear it up but then people read it… But I do like writing short stories a lot and stuff like that that I keep to myself for my personal enjoyment.
Jon: I get that, I still think it would be cool to see some of those short stories on your blog though. Unfortunately though we won’t see a Katie Broadhead memoir anytime soon?
Katie: (With a heavy tone of sarcasm) As much as I think my life could benefit others and my struggles and I would just kill it, I don’t think that’s in the works.
Jon: Save it for a screenplay eh?
Katie: Of course
That concludes the section about Katie Broadhead’s childhood adventures, love of literature and teaching. Again I want to thank Katie for being an awesome person to interview by giving really in depth answers to rather simple questions. I’ve linked her blog a couple of times in the interview, but I’ll throw one more right here just in case you missed it, check out Sarcasmandsentiment.wordpress.com if you want to read more about Katie, and until next time have a stellar day all!