Jasmine JilesClass of 2016
It is not common for someone to profess a strong love for English, and while she was merely in the eighth grade, declare that she would undoubtedly major in that subject all throughout college. Unlike many others, I seemed to always find importance in the art of communication and the millions of stories available to be read and interpreted. Once I finally reached my goal of being a student at Springfield College, I found that a close-knit, well-developed English program had been waiting for me.
People always ask me, “Why English? Do you actually like learning about grammar, reading, and writing all the time?” Oddly enough, that answer is yes. I do find, however, that people don’t often see the larger reason for my love of the subject: communication and performance skills. Being an English major ties into everything, and I mean everything else that I do in life. For example, I delivered a TEDx Talk on October 18th at MassMutual’s TEDx Springfield event. Creating a meaningful and lasting fifteen minute speech to present in front of hundreds of people, while also being recorded for future posting on YouTube, would not have been as easy without the help of my language skills.
I’ve continued to do multiple motivational speeches for high schools students, taken on exciting roles in theater productions both in and out of Springfield College, served as a New Student Orientation leader, and also written poems, songs, and short stories to express myself and encourage some positive change. I’ve been able to excel in business environments that value the ability for a young person to speak out and lay her ideas on the table. All of these things are things I love doing, and it’s fantastic to also receive support behind them. The faculty members in the English department are so welcoming and willing to give each student the attention that he/she needs to become successful, and I feel that that’s what English does for people. It opens our minds and hearts, allowing us to understand, care for, and inspire others.