Class of 2009
If a student is thinking about an English major or minor, Ashley DeRuosi’s advice is “Go for it!” As an English major at Merrimack, Ashley enjoyed taking a variety of courses. She believes that the study of English helped her perform well in other academic areas. “The emphasis on active reading and writing skills ensures success in a variety of venues,” she says.
Ashley declared an English/Secondary Education major because she knew she wanted to teach. “I thought a lot about my own experiences in school,” she recalls, “and my English teachers and classes stood out the most for me. I decided that I’d like to have the same effect on my own students some day.”
Life at Merrimack was much more for Ashley than the study of literature. She was the Editor-in-Chief of the Merrimack Beacon newspaper. She also served on the Merrimack Programming Board, was involved with the Hall Council, belonged to the Austin Scholar’s Program, and served the campus community as a Dean’s Delegate and a President’s Ambassador. From fall 2008 through spring 2009, Ashley was Co-President of the English Club.
Ashley admits that, even without the Secondary Education concentration that prepared her to teach, she would still have chosen an English major. “The classes are really interesting,” she says, “and the skills emphasized in the major open up a variety of opportunities after graduation.”
Ashley is currently teaching English Language Arts to 11th and 12th grade students at Winthrop High School.