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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 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."

Samantha Souza is a junior English major.  When asked what drew her to English, she responded, "I have always been passionate about the subject, and declared it as my major during my freshman year because of how many different directions I could go in. I explored different types of English courses before ultimately deciding on pursuing a career as a high school English teacher. I am always happy to discuss with others that there are so many different paths to take as an English major, whether that includes adding a letter of specialization, a minor, or even a secondary major. The professors in the department have greatly assisted me academically and professionally, and I am so excited to serve as an undergraduate voice for the English Department and my peers!"