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Senior Spotlight: Jason Wright

English major Jason Wright's dream job would combine his two academic interests, English and Biology, allowing him to write stories to educate and inspire others.

Why did you decide to become an English major?

After a lot of deliberation, I decided on English in an effort to (1) follow my bliss (2) learn more about what I loved. As it turns out, I ended up learning just as much about myself as I did about the literature!

What clubs, campus groups, internships, outside of class projects have you been involved with?

I was the Vice President of Maryland Men's Rowing for two years! Through rowing, I've had some of my best college experiences, met most of my best friends, and overcame challenges I used to think were insurmountable.

I also played in the University of Maryland Wind Orchestra for three years which was very fun and really helped me grow as a musician

What is something you read during class that impacted your worldview? 

Dr. David Wyatt is a professor that I wish every student at UMD could have. I would cite a single poem or work we read that was my favorite, but the real impact on my worldview came from our discussions. Dr. Wyatt shares the joy of reading, encourages thoughtful writing, and leads meaningful conversations; always.

What skills (professional, creative or other) do you think you’ve gotten from the major?

I think my writing and communication skills have evolved a lot over the course of my studies.

What is your dream job or career?

My dream job would combine my two academic interests, English and Biology. I love to write and I aspire to share information and stories that inspire others to be interested in science and the world around them.

What are you passionate about (or even curious about)?

I'm passionate about sharing information that has been gatekept from underprivileged groups or even just people without the necessary knowledge or context to understand it. Too much of writing (about any topic but science in particular) is riddled with jargon and elitism; a good writer can communicate complex ideas in a way that anyone can understand.