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Student Advisory Board

The Student Advisory Board (SAB) is made up of a group of students representing diverse aspects of the English Department and the University. Among their key duties, they provide important feedback from the English majors at large to the Director of Undergraduate English. Additionally, SAB members particpate in English open houses and meet with prospective UMass students who've expressed interest in studying English. They provide majors with invaluable peer advising assistance at the beginning of pre-registration and are there to help majors make informed decisions based on their aims and interests. 

The board can be contacted by email at and can answer questions about courses, the major, and English department events.

2019-2020 Student Advisory Board

Headshot of Julia AvilaJulia Avila is a senior English major. She writes, "I am an English major because I think writing is one of the most important tools we have. I decided to study English because I wanted to learn more about how writing functions socially. I was drawn to UMass and its English department because it offers five concentrations, two of which fall outside of traditional literary studies. These concentrations have given me the opportunity to take classes in rhetoric, literacy, and digital humanities. I love that I have been able to tailor my academics to my interests, and I know that when I graduate UMass I will leave with a wide variety of professional skills."

Kelly Brown is a junior English major. She picked it because, "it’s one of the broadest fields that you can incorporate many different interests into. I have a strong interest in film, music, and video games, and the study of English has enhanced my skills of analysis which increase my appreciation for these different forms of art. I’m also very interested in the study of computer science/engineering and robotics, which people always question when I’m an English major. In reality, I’ve learned that the basis of computer science and computer engineering is prospered by rich imagination developed in the humanities departments, like English. In the English major, I am able to incorporate my interest into my other passions and strengthen my knowledge of them."

Headshot of Yashika IssraniYashika Issrani is a senior English major. When asked why she picked her major, she said, "I am an English major because I want to be a lawyer and I am confident that the English major can prepare me for a rigorous career in law. I wasn’t confident of it at first because of the lingering fear of “what will you do with that major,” but being in the major has allowed me to appreciate the versatility of the major. Moreover, the major has been an integration of all my interests and passions. The best part about the major is that you discover your identity and voice as a writer. I learned that I am not a creative writer. While I appreciate reading creative pieces, I am not the creator of such. Formal and professional writing is my style."

Headshot of Amanda RoseAmanda Rose is a senior English major because she has always had an appreciation for writing and literature. She came into the university as a Dance major, so she initially had very different expectations for how my career would turn out. She's since added Journalism and English. Rose says, "Being in the English major has been one of my most eye-opening experiences as a student here at UMass. I am grateful for how much I’ve learned about the world, and about myself. The professors and students have made the environment tremendously easy to grow and learn in, and I’m proud to be apart of such an intellectual group of people every day."