Karlah Whyte, Class of 2020

This past March, I started work as a teacher’s assistant for Green Tech Charter High here in Albany, where I will work as their 7th grade ELA teacher this coming Fall.

Senior Seminar Paper: “Minds Ravaged by War: The Role of Death in As I Lay Dying

Post-Graduation Plans: I have plans to attend grad school this fall to obtain my Masters in Adolescence Education. This past March, I started work as a teacher’s assistant for Green Tech Charter High here in Albany, where I will work as their 7th grade ELA teacher this coming Fall. 

“When I decided to be an English teacher all the way back in high school, I never imagined how much this path would change my life. I finished my English and Education courses with expanded knowledge, passion, and comprehension of myself, the people, and the ever-changing world around me. And, I truly feel that I wouldn’t have had such a transformative experience at any place other than Saint Rose. Though I was disappointed at first about not being able to graduate with Class of ’19, I can wholeheartedly say that my time in college, especially being a part of the Class of ’20, was nothing short of extraordinary.”

Christina Mattern, Class of 2020

…being an English major has allowed me to better express my ideas and opinions, an invaluable skill regardless of your field.

Senior Seminar Paper:
“Of Ghosts and Gods: Kurtz’s Divine Voice in Heart of Darkness

Post-Graduation Plans:
I will be working as an Associate Software Developer 

“With the last two years of my college career being split between English and Computer Science classes, I enjoyed the creative freedom that English gave me. I think being an English major has allowed me to better express my ideas and opinions, an invaluable skill regardless of your field. The bittersweet end to my senior year makes me appreciate those classes even more.”

Lindsey McGowan, Class of 2020

I feel fully supported and more independent as I graduate, and I am saddened to leave with such an unofficial good-bye.

Senior Seminar Paper: “The Politics of Witnessing in W.B Yeats’ ‘Easter,1916’ and Other Essential Poems”

Post-graduation plans: M.A. in English Studies at University of New Hampshire

“The Saint Rose English department has been a strong source of growth, friendship, and inspiration. The professors care about who you are and what will help you reach your goals. While doing so, they also share their passions and motivators with their students. I’ve had multiple professors push me out of my comfort zone and continue to encourage me in my own path. I feel fully supported and more independent as I graduate, and I am saddened to leave with such an unofficial good-bye. The best advice I can give to incoming English classes: always attend office hours.”

Marzia Syeda, Class of 2020

English was not my first choice, but it really was my best fourth choice.

Senior Seminar Paper: “The Shadows of Shadow of a Doubt

Post-Graduation Plans: I want to travel and eat! But for now, I am looking for opportunities in the communications, publishing, and/or copywriting fields to hopefully pave my way for a master’s degree.

“English was not my first choice, but it really was my best fourth choice. I learned a lot from trial and error and gained real life experiences through my internships. I know that what I’ve learned from my experiences will guide me to make better decisions. I also learned to accept that you do not have to have everything figured out all the time. It is alright to be uncertain at times or most of the times.”