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English Student and Alumni Profiles

Olivia HurwitzName

Olivia Hurwitz

Graduation Year



BA in English
Minors in Biology and French

Current Job

DO student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

Research Assistant at Yale University School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology

Why did you major in English?

There is nothing more exciting than spending your college career surrounded by books, trying to discover something about the world.

Tell us about a skill you learned/developed as an English major that has helped you out in the "real world"

The verbal comprehension skills I learned as an English major at CUA have been invaluable to me as a medical student. Patients rarely come in with a list of symptoms that neatly falls into a diagnostic category--they come with stories. Studying English taught me how to pull apart a narrative so I can give more accurate and more compassionate care.

What was the best English class you took at CUA and why?

I would take every English class over again if I could, but the survey of the history of British literature (parts I and II) was one of the best. The class offered the opportunity to study texts from every literary period, their historical context, and the motivations of their authors.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

Learn as much as you can while in college! Take ownership of your education and don't be dissuaded from taking on a diverse course load.

Which text was your favorite to read while you were a student at CUA? In which class did you read it?

Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro
Senior Seminar

What’s next for you?

After graduation, I plan to work as an emergency medicine physician and a prison medic somewhere near Philadelphia. You can do anything with a degree in English!