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Maria Maffucci

Graduation Year



Bachelor of Arts in English,  
Minor: Italian Studies  
The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

Current Job

Freelance English Language Teacher and Resident Assistant for CUA Rome.

Why did you major in English?

I truly love everything related to language, whether it is spoken or written. I wanted my concentration to fulfill my passion for literature while enhancing my writing and analytical skills. These are fundamental and important strengths that will never go out of fashion and can be applied to any industry.

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

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.

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

What a question! Senior seminar, ENG 431/432: Yeats and Joyce with Dr. Gregory Baker. Seminar was the most enjoyable English course because we were a close-knit group of English majors that, one-way or another, shared a common love for Yeats and Joyce (though most of us preferred Joyce). The texts were oftentimes difficult but we muddled through together. Dr. Baker created an environment where lecture and discussion were completely interwoven so lessons were never unbalanced. We strongly disagreed and debated, laughed and joked, but always left the classroom as a family. By May of senior year, I left seminar with a newfound love for Modernism – one that, initially, I did not care for. I can safely say that I have read Ulysses cover to cover and produced a thesis, all because of our interactive, challenging, and always entertaining seminar.

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

Don't drop the English major! As the wise Dr. Wheatley once stated: "The few, the brave, the English major."  (Or something along those lines...)

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

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley in Narrative with Dr. Rainof Mas.

What’s next for you?

Something that pays me to write.