Meet an Education Major


Shaquille Brown ’14



Why did you choose your major? 

I always valued my education both inside and outside of academic institutions. I also enjoy the experience of learning through literature. I would like to show my future students the value of being self-educated and the value of developing the necessary reading skills they will use for the rest of their lives.

What has been your favorite class? 

With regard to my English concentration, my favorite class was American Literature to 1914 (ENGL 372). This course reminded me of the importance of literature’s function in the development of America from when this nation first separated from British rule. 

Have you done any internships?

I have done a lot of classroom observation. One of these experiences that stands out was my experience at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. The students reminded my of myself when I was their age: witty, talkative, but very intelligent. It was good to hear their responses which contributed to class discussions. When those students settled down, they got down to business and demonstrated their zeal to learn.   

What are your plans after graduation?

If I do not become employed as an English teacher after graduation, I hope to become a writer of a large corporation and/or a best-selling author.

What are the faculty like?

The faculty members are very informative, friendly and welcoming. It is also important to note that they are willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help me and others who are less experienced.   

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

I enjoy coming to classes to learn more about the dynamics between the teacher and student. Since I was once and still am a student, I become informed more about the teacher’s side of the story, so to speak, with regard to the learning that goes on in the classroom. By understanding this teacher-student relationship, I will be able to teach my future students effectively and carefully. 

Hard work is continuing to pay off for me in terms of my academic experience. Words cannot express how grateful I am to be the first person in my immediate family to go to college. I am also proud that I will graduate next year in May. I cannot wait to see what my life has in store for me after graduation. 

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

Working and going to school simultaneously has been the most difficult thing about my major. During many moments of my college career, I had no time to complete all of my assignments, especially lengthy papers, correctly and on time. I was very fortunate to have professors who understood my situation and, thus, gave me extensions on my assignments. 

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

New students should choose a major that not only will sustain them in terms of longevity, but will also produce happiness because they enjoy what their major offers. New students, however, should not forget that they will have to put in hard work to obtain the results they are looking for with regard to the major they choose.