Class of 2009
As a freshman at Merrimack, Chris Richardson was unsure of what to major in. There seemed to be so much at stake in making the right decision. But given his love of reading and writing, it quickly became clear that English was for him. According to Chris, “the best way to go about selecting a major is to relax and know that you have time to make a decision. Keep an open mind to what your strengths and interests are in relation to your classes. During your first few semesters you’ll find that a particular course sparks your interest.”
Chris’s favorite area of study is British Romanticism. “The British Romantics remind us of our natural spontaneity, which we sometimes forget in a world of schedules and deadlines. William Wordsworth, for example, encourages us to explore the beauty and healing qualities of nature. His introspective manner presents a model for us to revitalize our own lives."
Outside of his coursework, Chris worked in the Writing Center as a tutor. “It was an amazing experience,” he says. “The Writing Center gave me a chance to work collaboratively with other students and to improve my own writing skills as I helped with theirs." Chris is also an accomplished guitarist who has played with several local bands and is an avid Bruins, Patriots, Celtics, and Red Sox fan. Chris is currently pursuing his interest in music and works as a Customer Care Representative for Verizon Wireless.
Chris’s advice to any college student is “Just take an English class!” If you are undecided about your major, an English literature course will count towards credit for graduation. But he says it might end up being your favorite course—and English could very well become your major!