- What drew you to the major?
I’m a book lover, plain and simple, and I always have been. On any given day you can find me with my current read hidden in my bag. By waiting to attend college, and not attending right out of high school, I was able to explore and identify what I really wanted to build my future around. During that time of exploration, I realized that I love the written word. The ability for writers to create complete characters and worlds is a gift that I believe needs to be protected. I was drawn to the English major not as a writer, but more for the editorial and production elements.
- How has your English major prepared you for life after graduation?
My English degree has prepared me by establishing in-the-field learning opportunities. Once I learned about early papermaking and printing, I became interested in the physical book. After a tour of Special Collections in Kelvin Smith Library, I gained student employment to learn more about Library operations and archiving. Even though I haven’t graduated yet, I am hopeful that my experience will be beneficial when applying for employment and Graduate school for a Master’s in library science.
- What is it like being an English major at Case in particular, with its perceived focus on the sciences?
Case may be known for its schools of medicine and engineering; however, it is the Liberal Arts that give it balance. English majors are responsible for bringing humanity to campus. English majors are not just interested in reading old books from the literary canon, they are also poets, playwrights, and filmmakers. Without the English majors at Case, I firmly believe that attending this university would not be as enjoyable of an experience.
- Why would you encourage a prospective English major to sign on?
I would encourage them to take on an English major because it is necessary for life. It allows for you to effectively communicate with individuals from all walks of life. As an English major you are supplied with the talent to look at situations critically and from different perspectives. Plus, many English majors go on to lead prominent careers in business, medicine, and engineering. Even if a prospect signed on as an English minor, it would still be beneficial in the long run.