English Major Spotlight: Max Pritchard

This junior chose English due to his love for storytelling
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Max Pritchard received a Captain Dewitt Jennings Payne Memorial Scholarship for 2023-2024

Year: Junior 
Hometown: Fargo, ND

Why did you choose to major in English?

I love storytelling—there are very few things that give me as much joy as creative writing projects, which I’ve spent a lot of time on over the past several years. I wanted to learn more about that craft, written communications skills, and literature.

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

The people. From the incredible faculty, all of whom bring such genuine care and awe-inspiring expertise, to the other students in my classes, where I’ve met so many kind, cool, and absolutely brilliant people, to the staff, who are so helpful and supportive—the whole department is filled with wonderful people and is such a delight to be a part of. 

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

I’m completing the Creative Writing minor. I’ve enjoyed all of the classes I’ve completed for the minor so far; they’ve been so informative and provided great spaces to share and develop my writing.

I work as a managing editor for the CLA Office of Institutional Advancement, which interviews alumni, faculty, and students for publication on CLA websites and newsletters. I’m also a copy editor for The Wake, which all students should read and consider writing for! Both have provided great experience with non-fiction writing/editing and a glimpse into exciting career fields.

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

I’d recommend either group take ENGL 3505: “Protest Literature and Community Action.” It’s a wonderful way to learn about the history of some key social justice movements and to get involved with local social justice organizations.

What is your favorite thing about Pillsbury Hall?

I love the exit on the second floor that takes you to one of the exterior sets of stairs, it’s so neat.

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