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Marquise Griffin


St. Louis, MO
English – Literary & Cultural Studies
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Mint Chocolate Chip
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In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Effective communication and writing are essential for changing the world.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Initially I was drawn to the English department by the desire to improve my writing and my love of reading. I decided to stay because of the support of the professors and the realization that exposure to great literature and writing has profoundly changed the way I see the world.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Never become discouraged over what people with a lack of imagination think about majoring in English. The possibilities for what you can do with it are endless and lucrative; it’s up to you to choose your own path.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Fundamentally, I’m interested in humanity; how we live, think, love, fight, and dream. The English department has opened for me doors of knowledge into psychology, sociology, history, feminism, religion, and other academic fields that enriches my understanding of people and better prepares me for being an active agent of change in the world.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Truly learning and growing is a holistic process of becoming a stronger, better version of yourself.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I don’t have a single favorite but one of my favorite classes is Narrative Journalism because it taught me to examine the microcosms in life in order to tell larger stories about humanity.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a critical research analysis of the intersection of superheroes and mythology and how they relate to western notions regarding gender, race, and morality.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I plan to get involved in several careers including journalism, public relations, public policy, and fitness consultation. After K I plan to pursue a Master’s in journalism and a law degree.

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