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Senior Spotlight: Angela Lambert

English Senior Angela Lambert loves writing and computer science and hopes to one day write for magazines like Vogue or Vanity Fair.

Why did you decide to become an English major?
I have always loved books and writing. I wanted a degree in something that I loved. I was already minoring in creative writing and I wanted to do more with writing.

What clubs, campus groups, internships, outside of class projects have you been involved with?
I did a double degree program in English and Computer Science. So I have had two internships as a software developer. I was also the secretary and treasurer for the Data and Cloud Computing Society.

I was on the Senate Student Conduct Committee last year. Our main job was to review appeals for student conduct cases but we had other duties too.

What is something you read during class that impacted your worldview?
I am taking a class on prose this semester and I have loved so many of the pieces that we have read. However, the pieces that I loved reading the most were other people's stories in my creative writing workshop classes. I think it is so cool and exciting to see the ideas that other students come up with. I have met some students that are really amazing writers.

What skills (professional, creative or other) do you think you’ve gotten from the major?
I have learned to take criticism constructively and to pay more attention to other people's perspective. In writing, there are always so many different ways to do things and to perceive them. In regular life, it is so easy to forget about that and focus on ourselves. In workshopping classes particularly, we are face to face with other people's thoughts and opinions on our work- how these words and images made them feel. It made me more cognizant of others and better able to appreciate someone else's point of view.

What is your dream job or career?
Writing for a magazine like Vogue or Vanity Fair someday would be amazing.

What are you passionate about (or even curious about)?
This sounds weird but I'm just really passionate about being happy and being yourself. I think that a lot of us spend our lives trying to please others and do the things that are expected of us. We forget that we are allowed to be happy and to do the things that will make us feel fulfilled and bring us peace. In all of my decisions, I always make it a point to ask myself how I feel about it before consulting with others.