"Cor" Story: English & French Major Plans to Travel, Pursue Writing Career

Vallery Bergez


Published Date: May 06, 2014

The University of Dallas Cor Fund provides scholarships to hundreds of UD students. We are sharing some of their stories. Donations to the Cor Fund come from alumni, parents and friends of UD.

"There was just something about the people here," said Vallery Bergez, BA '14, of her decision to come to UD.

Now in the final semester of her undergraduate career here, Bergez has just finished the project lovingly known as "Senior Novel" (the official course title is Literary Study II: Prose Fiction), in which each senior English major selects a novel and spends a semester learning all there is to know about the novel, its literary criticisms, its author and its author's other works, before writing and presenting a senior thesis on one of the book's themes.

Bergez's novel was Marilynne Robinson's "Housekeeping," and she presented her findings in a talk titled "Wild Strawberries: Craving Wholeness in Robinson's 'Housekeeping'" on April 24 to a panel of professors.

"It went really well," Bergez said. "It's hard to believe it's done!"

As if that weren't enough, Bergez is a double major; her other major is French.

Bergez has participated in three clubs while at UD: the French Club, the Alexander Hamilton Society and Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society. Additionally, she is the academics coordinator for Student Programming @ UD (SPUD) and a marketing intern in the Office of Admissions, not to mention having an unpaid remote internship with Prose Media.

One of Bergez's favorite parts of her Admissions internship is getting to meet prospective students who wouldn't be able to come to UD without Cor Fund scholarships and financial aid.

"This is their dream," she said. "And the Cor Fund helps make it happen for them." Bergez herself couldn't have come to UD without the Cor Fund scholarship she received.

After graduation, which will be here before she knows it, Bergez will work for a year or two as a Rome assistant on UD's Eugene Constantin Campus in Rome. Eventually, she wants to go to graduate school, probably for something to do with English literature.

"Mostly, I just know I want to write," Bergez said. "I'm interested in fiction, nonfiction, journalism...as long as I get to write."

Bergez is grateful for and proud of the education and experience she received at UD.

"UD is as powerful a place as it is, not just for the strong friendships it founds, not just for the passionate professors it provides, not just for the unique curriculum it offers, and not just for the strong faith life to which it witnesses, but because, somehow, it has each of these things. I'm not sure that any other place has this combination," Bergez said.

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