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Sara Stamatiades

If I could give any advice to students trying to choose their classes, it wouldn't necessarily be to follow your interests or passions; instead, I would say follow what confuses you—follow your questions. My “path through the major” began with when I took Shakespeare with Dr. Stockton my sophomore year. Before his class, Shakespeare felt like some strange deity within the literary canon, one that I quite frankly didn't understand. After spending puzzled hours over Shakespearean verse, I developed a newfound excitement for the Early Modern period that led to a class on Milton, then a thesis on The Merchant of Venice. While I seemed to have found my niche, these questions pulled me in many different directions, ranging from literary theory on anti-racist thought to the literature of Muslim Spain. If you follow your questions, you may not find answers, per se, or even a clear-cut route. But you will cultivate a personal archive that will help you navigate these questions, create more questions, and guide you beyond your path within the major.

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Sara Stamatiades