CHRIS McGOWAN Class of 2020
Amy Meng

What made you decide to be an English major?
A major in English literature never felt limiting to me in the same way that other majors did.

What type of goals do you have, both academically and personally?
I want to be as prepared as possible for graduate school, which means becoming a better reader, a better writer, and a better worker.

How do you think Rutgers University will help you fulfill these goals?
I’m taking classes that I’m interested in, classes I know I’m going to really enjoy. I’m also working with some really wonderful professors. I’m very happy to be part of a place that allows me do that.

What about literature appeals to you?
Even your reading of a single text, a novel or a play, is so much about your reading of other material: writings in philosophy, psychoanalysis, history.

What do you feel is unique or exceptional about Rutgers English?
Rutgers English understands and responds to the student demand for creative writing courses, and provides the professors the technology for creative classes in new media.

What do you like to do outside of classes?
I play a lot of basketball, and I read political news online.

What books are on your summer reading list?
I read Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, Vladimir Nabokov’s Transparent Things, and, in preparation for my independent study with Professor Richard E. Miller in the fall semester, The Oedipus Cycle. I’m now in the middle of Gabriel García Márquez’s Love in the Time of Cholera.

What stands out most to you about your sophomore year?
My two Shakespeare classes with Professor Ron Levao and my literary theory class with Professor Henry S. Turner.

In hindsight, what would you change about sophomore year?
I would have taken more philosophy classes, I think. It’s so difficult trying to narrow your focus (major/minor) and fill requirements while also taking classes “for yourself.”

What are your plans for next year?
Continuing with my English major, taking French and Latin classes, working on my independent project, and preparing for my senior thesis