English, Literature emphasis; Deaf Studies, TESOL, and Linguistics minor
Class of Spring 2019
Tennessee local Makenzee Gossett is a fifth year senior balancing his English major with his three minors, deaf studies, TESOL, and linguistics.
“Lee has presented me with countless opportunities to experience my passions and to learn more about what my heart longs for,” said Makenzee.
He is actively involved in the national Christian fraternity Kappa Upsilon Chi (KYX), as well as an auxiliary member of Sigma Alpha Omega. He also received an invitation and joined Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society.
Through Lee’s offered cross cultural trips, Makenzee was able to fulfil lifelong dreams, such as riding an elephant when visiting Thailand with the Helen DeVos College of Education. He has also gone on the two-week long trip to Jamaica twice, where he worked with the deaf community there.
“I had the wonderful opportunity to teach lessons at different schools for the deaf,” said Makenzee. “Both my trip to Jamaica and Thailand were life changing, but it was my trips to Jamaica that showed me my calling and strengthened my understanding of my future.”
After graduation, Makenzee plans to attend either Georgia State or Gallaudet University in pursuit of his master of education in deaf education.