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Claire Wixted '19

"I love this major because it is so thought provoking."

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Emily Cerri '19

"My English major is kind of my saving grace. I love being an English major."

Emily is currently finishing an honors thesis that analyzes the action role-playing video game NIER. Her project looks at gender and sexuality in NIER and uses queer theory to show how the game critiques traditional fairy tales.

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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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