Class of 2014
Whether it be studying the symbolism of a Shakespearean body, analyzing a poem based in New England, or delving into the roots of the Harlem Renaissance, the English courses at Merrimack College have always intrigued Alexandra Lynch. “Each and every class has been new and exciting. Come registration time I find myself having a hard time only picking a handful of the classes being offered. Literature remains a conversation here at Merrimack. The faculty places not only a great deal of importance on your success, but also, your original thoughts.” For Alexandra, this support has made all of the difference.
Alexandra has been able to maintain an admirable academic record through her insistence on taking advantage of each of the resources available to her through the English Department. Due to this success, Alexandra was appointed President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society at the college, at the end of her Junior year. As a Senior, Alexandra also took part in one of the co-curricular internships the department offers, serving as a Field Researcher for Professor Vatalaro’s New England Shore course. With the development of the Writers House on campus, Alexandra found herself feeling more and more inspired. The Writers House quickly became a haven for Alexandra as it has for a number of other English students. “There is something so rewarding about being at the Writers House; surrounding yourself with literature and digesting it outside of the academic realm only improves one’s appreciation for it.
During the course of a semester, it is quite easy to get lost in all that one is assigned. The Writers House has become the stimulus to promote more reading and writing for simple enjoyment.” While events within the Writers House include open mics, poetry slams, and staged readings, Alexandra finds herself spending the quiet days by the house’s fireplace with the friends she has made there, discussing works and grappling with all things literary. “My experience as an English Student at Merrimack College has been nothing short of incredible. I’ve gained a body of knowledge and a skill set that is meaningful and marketable while enjoying myself all the while.”