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Parawat Changthong '20

"Now I’m an English major, which I think is what I always wanted to do because I’ve always really liked reading and writing and everything about it."

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Mindy Diaz '20

On why she chose to pursue an English major: "... in fifth grade, I had a teacher who always encouraged me to write, so from that I developed a love of writing, and then I just spiraled out of control."

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Shevonne Commock '18

"I think it’s so important to have a vision, be bold, and just to take chances and try to experiment new things. That’s so crucial: don’t pitch and hold yourself into one industry. Be fluid. Position yourself from multiple markets and multiple industries, and just have fun and enjoy the ride."

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Claire Wixted '19

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

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Veronique Lee '11

The ability to analyze, understand, and synthesize text is important [in a job like mine]. You get this from essentially every English course you take. Good writing skills are equally important, and English courses that focus on writing (language, composition, rhetoric) equip you with the writing skills to succeed in “the real world.” 

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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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