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English Student and Alumni Profiles

Name/Class Year

Mallory Nygard, 2016


Williston, North Dakota

Why did you choose CUA?

I chose CUA for the small class sizes and for the genuinely kind and personable people here. When I visited I felt welcomed, and I knew CUA would be a place where I could be fostered, both academically and as a person.

Why English?

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.

What has been your most meaningful experience as an English major at CUA?

Dr. Gibbons told me to "de-fragment your soul" and I realized how I am pulled in so many different directions, school, family, future career plans, what I'm eating next, that I was experiencing everything as merely parts rather than as entire entities. So I followed his advice and chose classes that connected to and enhanced each other and my next semester was a more comprehensive and wholly complete experience.

What’s the best book that you’ve recently read?

I read Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin last summer and once I somehow managed to open it, 700 pages weighs more than you'd expect, I could not put the book down. I'd classify it as an accidentally Catholic book, one that forces you to look at even the smallest things around you in a new way.

What are your plans for the future?

I would like to be an editor of books. I love taking something that someone has poured their hard work and heart into and helping make it the best version possible.