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Rachel Brown, English major Rachel Brown

Learning and growing
I chose UCM because of the small classes, dedicated professors and stellar English and creative writing programs. This campus is simply so beautiful and welcoming. I knew that I would love learning and growing here.

Inspirational interaction
One of my best experiences was in a course where our class interviewed several poets. One of those poets was D.A. Powell. It was truly incredible to receive advice from a poet as famous, talented and encouraging as he. Powell's comments both inspired me and helped me rethink my own approaches to writing poetry.

Improving daily
Interacting with my peers and professors has been exceptionally helpful at UCM, especially in my poetry and fiction writing workshops. My peers and professors critique my short stories and poems in these workshops, thereby pushing me to become a better writer. My literature professors have helped me improve the overall quality of my work by being supportive of my ideas and offering advice when I need it.

Involved on campus
I'm involved in Breakers, Sigma Tau Delta, an English honor society, and The Honors College. Breakers is an alternative spring break group that travels to a different state each year to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity. As a member of The Honors College I write for Honorably Speaking. I also serve on the executive board as a Public Relations co-chair. I'm also a tutor in the Writing Center and a lab assistant for an Introduction to Geology class.