English Major Spotlight: Alexandra Erickson

This English major studied abroad at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England
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Year: Senior

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Why did you choose to major in English?

I chose to major in English because I have always been most fascinated by the way in which language shapes our existence and the power that books hold to influence lives. That, and a love of reading of course!

What has been your favorite part of your experience in the department?

My favorite experience in the English department has been being a part of the close-knit community. I also like the interconnectedness of the classes and professors, which makes the subject feel grounded in real life.

Are you pursuing any majors, minors, internships, or interests outside your English major?

I am currently pursuing a minor in technical writing and communication and the Certificate in Editing & Publishing. I believe that these extra opportunities help me grow as a writer of many different genres and understand language used in different contexts. I am hoping to pursue a career in either library science or publishing, so these skills will be valuable.

What is a favorite book you read for an English class?

The favorite book that I read for an English class was Persuasion by Jane Austen. It was part of a freshman seminar class on Austen’s literature, and it was both a delightful read and a delightful class.

What English course would you recommend for majors? For non-majors who want to take an English class?

For non-English majors, I would suggest an author-specific class, such as the one I took on Jane Austen, or a fun, genre-specific class such as "Children’s Literature" or "Fantasy Literature." For English majors, I would recommend a genre-specific class as well, since most of the canon consists of older works, and it is good to study literature that is otherwise not taken as seriously.

What is your favorite thing about Pillsbury Hall?

My favorite aspect of Pillsbury Hall is the building’s architecture. It is a beautiful old building.

If you studied abroad, what did you take away from the experience? 

I studied abroad at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, which is the exchange program run by the English department. UEA has an absolutely amazing literature program. It is such an invaluable experience to study not only in a foreign country but at a prestigious and renowned university for English majors.


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