College

Done with my English major?!?!

It's done! I graduated from Wheaton with a BA in English! It's a strange feeling, being done with my English major after so many years of looking forward to and working towards it. I've been incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity to dive into the study of literature, especially for an intensive year at… Continue reading Done with my English major?!?!

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Bookish, College

Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

In less than a week I graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, and it's a very bittersweet moment for me. Although I am very excited to move onto another chapter of my life, I'm also sad to leave my amazing friends and the lovely Wheaton community behind. However, the end of undergrad also marks… Continue reading Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

College, Discussion

How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

A few months ago someone commented on one of my blog posts asking if I could write about how I came to study English literature in college. Since my second to last semester of college begins in just two days, I thought now would be a good time to finally answer this question. Growing up,… Continue reading How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

College, Life

I’m studying at OXFORD?!?! | Study Abroad

I'll be spending the entirety of my junior year of college studying abroad at Oxford University in England. There. I said it. I was accepted to study English literature at Mansfield College (one of the many colleges within the Oxford University system) back in late February of this year, yet I've put off actually talking… Continue reading I’m studying at OXFORD?!?! | Study Abroad

Bookish, College, Discussion

How to Read Sexist Texts When You’re a Feminist English Major | Discussion

Recently I had the displeasure of taking a course dedicated to Renaissance poetry, and MY OH MY were those old white men a bunch of misogynistic poets. While there were a few glimmers of hope amidst the nearly translucent pages of my weathered Norton Anthology of Poetry (as shown by my previous discussion of Shakespeare's Sonnet 2),… Continue reading How to Read Sexist Texts When You’re a Feminist English Major | Discussion

Books, College, Short Stories

BAYOU FOLK by Kate Chopin | Review

First published in 1894, Bayou Folk is Kate Chopin's first collection of short stories bundled together in one volume. After reading this collection for one of my classes, I decided to do a bit more research about its initial critical reception. Fortunately, I stumbled upon a review published in the April 1894 edition of the Atlantic Monthly that succinctly and… Continue reading BAYOU FOLK by Kate Chopin | Review

Blogging, College, Discussion

People IRL Read This Blog?!?! | Discussion

Today I'm here to discuss a dilemma that nearly every blogger must confront at one point or another: the collision between "real life" and the blogging world. In high school I was very secretive about my book blogging escapades. I never told anyone at school about it and no one ever randomly asked, "Hey, you… Continue reading People IRL Read This Blog?!?! | Discussion

Bookish, College, Read for English Class

Hey Hemingway, What’s With the Bulls? | THE SUN ALSO RISES

While rereading Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises for a literature class last semester, I kept coming back to a puzzling question: What is so important about bulls? Bullfighting seems to be the focal point of the characters' time in Pamplona, Spain, which makes sense considering the culture and setting of the time. The unusual part is the… Continue reading Hey Hemingway, What’s With the Bulls? | THE SUN ALSO RISES

College

Sophomore Status Achieved | College

It's official: I'm now a sophomore in college! As you read this, I am moving into my new dorm room and bracing myself for my first semester of sophomore year to begin. Currently I'm an English major (and potential Hispanic Studies double major) at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  The thought of starting a new… Continue reading Sophomore Status Achieved | College

Books, College, Drama, Read for English Class

HAMLET by William Shakespeare

To like Hamlet or not like Hamlet, that is the question... I have a confession to make: I'm not really a big fan of Shakespeare. Ever since first reading one of his works as a freshman in high school (Romeo and Juliet, naturally) I've had mixed feelings about the Bard. To be quite honest, none of… Continue reading HAMLET by William Shakespeare