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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.
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.
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. This year, she was awarded the Kaiser Permanente Health Policy Journalism Fellowship, and will be working on her Master's thesis about the affordability of health care among undocumented immigrants.
The Wiki Education Foundation is a San Francisco based non-profit that supports the integration of Wikipedia into academia. We run a Classroom Program where professors assign their students to edit Wikipedia as part of their grade, a Visiting Scholars program where Wikipedian's are given access to library resources at universities like UC Davis and encouraged to edit Wikipedia articles using those digital resources, and more.
I graduated from UC Davis in 2007, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a minor in Environmental Planning and Policy. Following this, I attended the UC Davis School of Law from 2008 to 2011. During this time, I completed legal internships with the environmental non-profit organizations Defenders of Wildlife and Environmental Defense Fund. Following my admission to the California Bar, I was hired for an associate attorney position by the law firm Remy Moose Manley, LLP.
Majoring in English at UC Davis was the best decision I made during my undergraduate career. Yes, yes, I see your eyes rolling. I know I should avoid using superlatives in my writing, but I’m breaking the rule just this once, because it’s actually true. The amazing faculty, staff, and students of the English Department helped me discover and develop my academic passions, passions I am further exploring as I start the Ph.D program in the English Department at University of Texas Austin.
The UC Davis English Department was the perfect place to begin my higher education because it provided me with a challenging and stimulating curriculum taught by passionate faculty and shared with an engaged group of fellow students. My favorite aspect of the English Department at UC Davis was the professors’ ability and desire to apply the themes found in literature of every period and genre to real-world understanding of concepts such as gender and sexuality, citizenry, race, media, globalization and more.