“Find a career that you enjoy! Money is important, but, if you hate your job, it’s not a career, it’s a hassle! Liking what you do makes your work a career, and that contributes to a meaningful life. You only get one chance at living. Understand there will be twists and turns; the journey will not be without obstacles. Take the good with the bad, adjust, make the most of it and be happy!”
I think every class at UNC has shaped me in some way. In the spring semester of my freshman year…I took ENGL 117: Mystery Fiction with Professor Henry Veggian, where we studied several influential mystery fiction writers—Poe, Doyle, Mosley, Christie, and Pynchon among them—which made me appreciate mystery novels and their foundational role in shaping thrillers, which are what I write.
“I was particularly drawn to this concentration [in Science, Medicine, and Literature] because in medicine, it’s important to understand the physical side of the patient and the science behind caring for someone, which I was gaining through my stem courses. But it is equally as important to understand how to care for the human condition… And I feel like that’s really what’s taught in English classes, understanding people as a whole.”
“I feel like English is an undervalued double major option because regardless of whatever field you enter post-graduation, you’re going to need to be able to communicate…I feel so lucky that I am able to be a part of two programs that see the value in cross-departmental learning.”