Penn Arts and Sciences Pathways: Colin Lodewick, C'19 (VIDEO)

College senior Colin Lodewick on how a creative writing course and a modern view of John Milton's Paradise Lost deepened his appreciation of language study.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Video by Alex Derrick

Welcome to Pathways, a new series from Penn Arts and Sciences that highlights the academic journey of students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the transformational moments that have shaped their intellectual experience.

Colin Lodewick, C'19, from Woodbridge, Conn., studied Latin and Spanish in high school. He came to Penn planning to major in earth and environmental science or linguistics, but his interest in language study shifted after taking a creative writing course with Julia Bloch, faculty in the Department of English and director of Penn's Creative Writing Program.

"Professor Bloch emailed me after class one day and said that what I had written had struck her and that she thought it was especially good. That she thought there was something special with what I wrotethat was very new to me," says Lodewick.


Now an English major with a minor in Hispanic Studies, Lodewick is concentrating his studies on poetry and poetics. He says his path through Penn has allowed him to appreciate the different approaches to language study, which include "identifying problems and identifying arguments, and contradictions, and nuances, and understanding them."