What can you do with a degree in English? Nervous English majors want to know! At a recent event for Berkeley Connect English students, three alumni on very different professional paths reminisced about their time within the English department and described how their careers took shape following graduation. Each of these alumni demonstrated how the […]Continue reading . . . A Degree in English Does Not Equal Unemployment!
Every student with a paper assignment and a deadline looming has probably wondered, “How do I get started?” or “How do I keep going?” or “What am I trying to say?” At a recent panel for Berkeley Connect English students, graduate students and professors opened up about their own writing processes. Here are some of […]Continue reading . . . English Scholars Reveal Writing Methods
This semester, Berkeley Connect in English has reoriented its syllabus to survey many modes of art. The students are being encouraged to move beyond the familiar practice of analyzing written texts and explore other avenues for understanding human expression. Last week, Berkeley Connect English students visited the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Archive (BAMPFA). There, […]Continue reading . . . Berkeley Connect English brings literary thinking to BAMPFA
During “Dead Week,” while students were frantically completing their final papers and preparing for final exams, Berkeley Connect in English held a study break, to give Berkeley Connect students a chance to enjoy some refreshments and each other’s company. Between bites, some of them shared their favorite memories from the semester: Hayley Hooson said, “Last […]Continue reading . . . Poetic Super Powers and Other Fond Memories
We invited students participating in Berkeley Connect in Spring 2016 to enter our Berkeley Connect Student Voice Contest and share with us a memorable experience they had in Berkeley Connect. The first of three winning entries was written by Hoisum Nguyen, a junior transfer student who participated in Berkeley Connect in English. As a junior transfer, the feelings […]Continue reading . . . My Favorite Berkeley Connect Moment: English
What does it mean when your professor writes “so what?” on your paper? How can you make sure you get the best grade possible? At a recent Berkeley Connect in English event, Professor Hertha D. Sweet Wong joined a panel of Berkeley Connect graduate mentors to discuss how to get the most out of instructors’ […]Continue reading . . . What Do You Mean by That?
English majors hear a lot of dire statements about the less-than-abundant job prospects awaiting them after graduation, but many remain hopeful about their futures despite these nerve-wracking warnings. Some are interested in going into journalism, a field that seems particularly risky to enter in the digital age. At a recent Berkeley Connect in English event, […]Continue reading . . . Journalism as a 21st Century Career
Just about every student on campus has holed up in Main Stacks to cram for a midterm or two, but many students remain unaware of the remarkable resources our libraries have to offer. Recently, Berkeley Connect English students visited the Bancroft Library to view some rare books from its collection and learn about their history. […]Continue reading . . . Exploring the Wonders of the Bancroft Library
Berkeley Connect in English recently hosted “Professors in Dialogue” with new English professors Poulomi Saha and Dora Zhang. The event was a rare opportunity for students to hear about the process of becoming an English professor, and the struggles and joys that come with it. When a student asked how they became professors, Saha answered, […]Continue reading . . . English Professors in Conversation
Berkeley Connect English students play literary detectives How do you find your own critical voice? It helps to start by studying great role models. In a recent small-group meeting, Berkeley Connect English students took part in a lively game that helped them explore and identify recognizable critical voices. Every student was given a passage and a […]Continue reading . . . Finding a Critical Voice