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Posted by on Friday, May 7, 2021 in Uncategorized.

Graduating Majors 2021

The Department of English is proudly graduating 50 majors this spring. In honor or their accomplishments over the past four years, we asked them to share their favorite author, literary work, or paper they wrote.


Jade Ayers

The Great Gatsby book coverMy favorite paper I wrote for an English class is “A Bin for Loonies: The Loony Bin as Myth”. I find that Ovid’s work stays with me and I constantly come back to it. My favorite line is from The Great Gatsby and is “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms out farther…”. 


Jazmyn Ayers

Audre LordeMy favorite line (at the moment) is “Maybe there is nothing, ever, that can equal the recollection of having been young together” from Michael Cunningham’s novel The Hours. An author whose work has stayed with me, especially after writing my thesis is Audre Lorde. My favorite title of a paper I have written for an English class is “Speaking of the Devil: Satan’s Metapoetic Significance in Dante’s Inferno”. 


Grace LaFrentz

Paradise by Toni MorrisonMy favorite lines from Toni Morrison’s novel Paradise are

“Now they will rest before shouldering the endless work they were created to do down here in Paradise.”



Alice Liao

Ross GayThe author whose work I admire is George Saunders. My favorite line is from Ross Gay’s “Catalogue of Unabashed Gratitude”: “and friends this is the realest place I know, / it makes me squirm like a worm I am so grateful”. The title of my favorite English paper is “Context and Personality in Mrs. Dalloway“.


Daniel Mativo

A.M. HomesOne of my favorite English papers is “Malleable Manny, a Short Story”. My favorite line is from “Poetry” by Marianne Moore: “we / do not admire what / we can’t understand.” and the author whose work stays with me the most is A.M. Homes.


Emma Pabst

ShakespeareOne of favorite lines is from Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night:

“Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes and ale?”



Amanda Schremmer

Akhil Sharma

My favorite line is from Surrounded by Sleep by Akhil Sharma:  “I can’t tell you the future,” God said softly. These were words that Ajay already knew. “Just get rid of the minutes when Aman lay on the bottom of the pool. What are three minutes to you?” “Presidents die in less time than that. Planes crash in less time than that.”‘. My favorite author is John Milton and the paper I am most proud of is “‘Cause We Are Living in a Material World: How Imagination Bridges Economic Need and Desire in Maria”


  • Paige Adams
  • Sabrina Apple
  • Roman Bacchetta
  • Sobana Balasubramanian
  • Amelia Baran
  • Bethany Boggs
  • Sarah Bressler
  • Katherine Burke
  • Alexander Camai
  • Andres Campos
  • Chloe Chiles
  • Darius Cowan
  • Del Daylami
  • Assata DeMyers
  • Dakota Donohue
  • Gillian Erickson
  • Laiba Fatima
  • Jonathan Gardner
  • Zachary Gardner
  • Natasha Goffman
  • Margaret Grange
  • Asia Grant
  • Sierra Grubb
  • Simon Hart
  • Ashley Hemenway
  • Bryan Hollis
  • Mary Langas
  • Tiffany Lee
  • Monica Liu
  • Bonilla Loaiza
  • Christopher Loveland
  • Meilan Lu
  • Jaylen Martinez
  • Jenna Moldaver
  • Jasmin Norford
  • Madeleine Nystrom
  • Sydney Okland
  • Zoe Pehrson
  • Quentin Reynolds
  • Heaven Russell
  • Emma Waldman
  • Ayana Wilson
  • Minjia Xie

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