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The coronavirus crisis has resulted in major shifts within all of our lives, unfortunately including the delay of graduation celebrations and ceremonies for college seniors. While we may not be able to celebrate in person, our “Celebrating AMST Seniors” series is dedicated to recognizing and congratulating seniors graduating with majors in American Studies for their accomplishes and sharing what they appreciated about the major during their time at UNC.

Q: What are your majors and minors?

A: American Studies — Southern Studies focus (BA), Music (BA).

Q: What has been your favorite course or professor in American Studies?

A: It’s so hard to choose! Two that stand out are Dr. Frey’s class on endangered languages and Dr. Engelhardts’s southern studies capstone!

Q: What has been your favorite book and/or reading from an American Studies course?

A: Oral History, written by Lee Smith (from Dr. Irons’ class on Southern American Literature).

Q: What do you wish people knew about American Studies?

A: American Studies professors have not only allowed, but encouraged me to explore what I find interesting, offering support and guidance along the way.

Q: How do you hope to apply your studies in American Studies professionally?

A: Majoring in American Studies taught me the value of listening to and engaging with diverse perspectives when problem solving. As I enter the professional world, I hope to see differing viewpoints not as roadblocks, but rather as valuable tools when seeking to solve complex issues.

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