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Syki Barbee '20

"I am an African American woman, who has an invisible disability and is married to a Puerto Rican woman. I would have loved to read characters who I could see myself in, but unfortunately, I didn’t get that. So, I want to help create that space for people like me."

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Yashika Issrani '20

"The English Department is phenomenal … I appreciate that the professors are accessible and the rest of the department is also easy to approach. The Department makes many efforts to support students, especially through career-related events."

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Warren Charleston '19

"English classes offer so much room for discussion and critical thought, and when I joined the English major, I immediately felt that. I felt like my voice was heard, and that I was more than just a number." 

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Mira Kennedy '19

"I’m glad I came [to UMass], because there are so many opportunities at this big school. We have access to many alumni, resources, and we have a pretty sizable English department with really great professors."

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Kevin Xu '19

"I went to Celeste Stuart and she laid out my different paths [within the English major]. That’s how I found the  Study and Practice of Writing (SPOW) and Professional Writing and Technical Communication (PWTC) specializations ..."

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Sabrina Taylor '20

"I've tried keeping a consistent balance between my English and non-English courses. ... I’ve found that being an English major often overlaps with other classes as it is, and has definitely helped me write coherent essays and critically think no matter the course." 

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