Kayden Breedlove

  • Class

    Class of 2025
  • Program

    B.A in English, Classics ( College of Liberal Arts )
  • Hometown

    Gulfport, MS (South)
  • Involvement

    Service and Community Engagement
  • Social Media

  • About

    Kayden is a double major in English, emphasizing in publishing, editing, and writing; and Classics focusing in Classical Literature. She is president of UM DECA and vice president of Sigma Tau Delta, UM’s English Honors Society. She also writes and edits for the UM Alumni Association’s quarterly magazine.

Get to Know Kayden Breedlove

Why did you choose to attend UM?

I chose to attend UM because of the campus. I don't mean just because of the beautiful scenery, but also because of the English department and the people in it. UM is far away enough from my hometown that I can be independent, but I know if I ever needed any help with anything, I would be able to ask.

What would you tell a high school student about your major?

I would say that being open-minded is important for both fields. I think that it's important to be open-minded period, but learning about ancient practices and being actually helpful when giving feedback in a creative writing class requires it a bit more so.

Can you tell me about a professor or a class you’ve taken that has had the most impact on you?

Professor Tom Franklin's Fiction Writing class that I took Spring semester of my Sophomore year was more than I could have imagined. It sounds dramatic, but the feedback and guidance that I got from that class have pushed me into writing more because I know I have the capabilities now. Plus, Prof. Franklin is just a wonderful teacher!

What do you hope to do after you graduate?

I hope to go into the field of publishing! There are many different facets in the field of publishing (editing, marketing, etc.) so I'm excited to see where my opportunities take me!

Apart from school, how do you spend your time in Oxford?

I work as an Editorial Assistant for the UM Alumni Association and also in the Student Union, so I'm on campus quite a bit! When I'm not on campus, I love to sit on the balcony of Square Books or inside Heartbreak Coffee on the Square. Reading and writing are two of my biggest hobbies!

What are you binge watching or reading right now?

I'm currently revisiting some of the books that I was really into in middle school and high school, like Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Harry Potter. But I'm also being super swayed toward Toni Morrison right now!

What are some dream travel destinations?

I would love to go to Rome or Italy someday!

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