“While creative writing is understood to be political, it was during my minor in creative writing that I was introduced to the idea of literary activism, through conferences as well as classroom discussions. Debating the hegemony of the story as the structure of choice, understanding the moral and aesthetic implications of the Oulipo movement, and above all, learning to think through my choices and impulses as a writer has been exciting and challenging. Being able to read widely, having the most fun and bizarre conversations with Professors and classmates alike, finding a writing community that I trust and bank upon, and faculty that are deeply invested in their students made for a truly wonderful experience.”
Halak Pandya (UG ‘19, ASP ‘20),
Major: English; Deferred an offer from Rutgers University for an MA in English and Creative Writing, currently taking a year off to read and write more.