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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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Symone Green '19

"Being an English major means knowing that my way of thinking and my way of understanding the world makes sense. I just love when I have the opportunity to be a language-loving nerd with other English majors … I’m grateful for the sense of community here within the English department."

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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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