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Jenna Henderson '18

"The idea that 'you can do anything with an English major' is absolutely true, so my piece of advice to underclassmen would be to make sure to explore your options! It's never too late (or too early) to adjust your sails and find awesome ways to use this great program to your advantage."

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Elizabeth Riezinger '17

"My most significant take-away from UMass is the experience I've gained from editing UMass's undergraduate literary journal, Jabberwocky … I've learned so much about collaboration and teamwork while working as both Poetry Editor and Editor-in-Chief."

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Jeffrey Martin '17

"The major highlight [of the internship] for me came from working with Amherst Media to launch their community-centric website, The Collective. … They let me contribute film reviews and episodes of my podcast, The Pick-Ups. Together, we craft and curate content for a growing audience that encourages writers, filmmakers, and other artists to engage with their community while promoting their work." 

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Isabelle Kagan '17

"I learned so much about how to write concisely and effectively to produce appealing articles for a target audience. This internship [with GoNomad] gave me excellent experience in the fields of publishing, editing, and online media."

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Aradhita Saraf '17

"I was sipping tea in a coffee shop in New York City with a cabin bag by my side and no place to stay the night when my phone beeped, notifying me of an email from Penguin Random House. I had received the opportunity to intern in the marketing department at the Knopf Doubleday imprint."

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Dean Gretchen Gerzina

Gretchen Gerzina, Dean of the Commonwealth Honors College and Paul Murray Kendall Chair in Biography, believes it is "dangerous to not see the value in the humanities." She discusses her research and wriitng process, discovering historical African American literature, and teaching eighteenth-century literature.

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