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Rebecca Tarr Thomas '10

"The joke about being an English major ending up as a well-spoken homeless person is stupid. There are so many opportunities available to people with the ability to communicate clearly: it’s a rarer skill than you may imagine, and remarkably valuable in many fields. But you need to go looking for it; you have to start by giving yourselves the marketable skills to succeed."

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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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Maria Pedone '12

"[B]eing an English major prepared me to deal with so many different kinds of people and perspectives. Through the classes I took, I was exposed to unique voices that I never would have encountered otherwise. Since I am dealing with clients everyday that have a unique and specific brand they want to put out into the world, I am able to morph my voice to each specific client."

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