Meet Some of Our Students and Alumni
English students can access a number of diverse fields after graduation. Some of the fields CUA alumni have entered include the medical, film, and marketing professions.
English provides students with skills in close reading that are becoming more and more sought after in an increasingly textual world. The ability to analyze and interpret large amounts of information is enhanced by literary study. To study English is to learn how to make yourself heard in a world that demands clarity and consistency in communication.
To study English, however, is not solely about acquiring communication skills, but about educating the whole person. As the diversity of our students' stories illustrates, literature allows us to reflect on our place in the world.
I am an English major because reading literature helps me understand what it means to be a human and writing helps me learn how to communicate my humanity.
English had been the class I always loved the most growing up. I became a voracious reader and loved to write. When I graduated high school there was nothing else I could see myself doing. I wanted to develop my writing skills further and read literature I loved while doing it.
English does not equip you, like Architecture or Chemistry, with a specific body of knowledge (well, it does, but believe me, scanning the meter of a poem only gets you strange looks, not paychecks). Knowing, however, how to enter an unfamiliar situation and quickly adapt to the rules, conventions, and procedures of, say, a non-profit does get you a paycheck.
My ability to think critically and write argumentatively garners respect from my superiors and peers. I attribute my strong communication skills to being an English major. Without the four years of close reading, detailed writing assignments, and countless revisions I am unsure if I would have the same level of confidence as I do today.
Learning to read and write complicated things goes without saying. But I think the most important thing I learned by reading is compassion. You constantly open yourself up to new experiences by studying and reading. The end result of all that is becoming more aware and understanding of those around you. It's one of those "real world" skills that nobody really talks about but has immeasurable worth.
Share Your Story
If you are interested in sharing your CUA English story, please contact Dr. Taryn Okuma.