Alumni Stories

Alumni Stories: Melody Jue

Melody Jue received her B.A. in English from UC Davis in 2008. She is now an Assistant Professor at UC Santa Barbara where she teaches English courses which integrate her interests in the ocean and environment. We were able to speak with Melody about her passion for English as well as her love for UC Davis. 

Do you have any fond memories from UC Davis as an English major? What was your favorite class?

Alumni Stories: Aggie Develops Path to Becoming Influential Social Media Communicator

Emilia Varshavsky Shapiro says everything fell into place once she discovered how much she enjoyed her English major. She started as a technical writer and worked her way up to a senior communication position in LinkedIn. Emilia points to her sorority and the ASUCD Entertainment Council for her leadership skills.



Alumni Stories: An English Major At Vet School

Bryanna Mariel Andrews graduated from Davis in 2015, having double majored in English and Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. She is currently enrolled in the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, where she is studying wildlife conservation medicine. We asked her three questions about her time at Davis English and her transition to life in Scotland.  

Alumni Stories: English Major’s Startup Goes Live

Chris Tung graduated from Davis with an English Major in 2011. Since then, he’s been working in the tech sector and this month is launching his first startup, a company called Huttle (Link: Chris says that Huttle aims to connect college students and recent grads with mentors in Silicon Valley. We took the opportunity of his company’s launch to ask Chris four questions about his English alum story. 

Alumni Stories: English Major wins NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship

     With the help of an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, double major Ana Marija Sola is headed to medical school. She graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology, physiology and behavior. Ana Marija is an Aggie soccer star, winner of the team’s Newcomer of the Year as a first year student and two-time Most Valuable Defensive Player. She intends to make use of her NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship as she enters medical school in 2017. 

Alumni Stories: Naomi Nishihara '14

Naomi Nishihara, Class of 2014, was an English and history double major, and was very involved with the student newspaper. After graduating, she continued to pursue journalism, working at C-Change Media in San Francisco, The Dallas Morning News, and attending the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Her stories have covered higher education, California politics, health and technology.