I chose English as a major because... I wanted a course of study that was both historic and alive. The English major at DePaul is the study of literature organized by historical periods, providing the historical frame with a modern critical analysis.​​

My favorite thing to do on campus is... to read in the vestibule of the library while taking breaks to catch up with friends passing by. As picturesque as the Web site photos depict, reading atop the library’s windowsills is productive as well as social - I can read for class and also have the opportunity to see classmates.​​

I decided to attend DePaul because... I wanted my own unique city experience that would allow me to do more than just attend class. DePaul’s relationship with the city of Chicago provided more opportunities to learn that no other school could offer.​​

The learning environment here at DePaul is... fluid. DePaul’s requirements, faculty and mediums of instruction are always in motion and evolving to the need of students and the Chicago area. Professors work to engage students by demonstrating information’s prevalence in the context of Chicago, thus encouraging fluidity.​​

When I have free time, I like to... In what little free time college and work afford, I like to go see plays. DePaul has a very active Theatre School and Chicago has a thriving theater scene. Even on a meager budget, I have been able to travel throughout the city and see dozens of modern and classic plays.​​

One thing I didn’t know about DePaul before coming was... I did not understand that DePaul students are truly engaged citizens. DePaul has religious outreach groups, study abroad trips to numerous countries and service immersion trips to allow students to learn and reflect. I never stop being impressed with DePaul students' commitment to concepts and activities larger than themselves. ​​

My experience as an English major is unique because... the focus on critical examination has changed the way I read text for school and the way I read magazines, billboards and everything else I encounter. Studying literature has changed words on a page to communication that conveys mood, tone and history that used to escape. As an English major I feel informed and aware of the true messages conveyed by text.​​

The thing that differentiates being an English major at DePaul from other universities is... unlike other English programs DePaul’s English major is organized by historical period providing students with the historical context necessary to appreciate literature.​​

The best thing about DePaul is... the level of engagement. Despite the size of the student population, I see my classmates and friends on campus and working at different DePaul student offices because DePaul students are so engaged in the university community. It is truly unique to have access to such a great city and a close-knit community.​​

After graduation, I plan on... pursuing a graduate degree in writing. It is important to me to continue to apply the analysis skills of the English major to different, malleable genres.​​

Area of Study: English, with minors in Sociology and Professional Writing
Graduation Date: November, 2008
Hometown: Bordentown, New Jersey
High School:
Awards & Achievements:
Campus Involvement:
  • ​Resident Advisor
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • Honors Program
  • Writing Center Tutor
Current Employment:
  • ​School of Public Service, DePaul University
  • The Business Service Center of Chicago Public Schools
  • Center for Writing Based Learning, DePaul University​