My name is Dararrtu Abdullahi, I'm 19 in Year 3 of the English program and I go by She.
Why did you choose to become an English major?
The reason I decided to become an English major is because I've always had an interest in creative writing and I also love reading. Growing up I found writing to be therapeutic, getting to express my thoughts in various ways; specifically through journaling and poetry. Writing has helped me develop into a more open-minded person, because I'm able to see how my perspectives change over a course of time. Majoring in English makes me feel as if I'm part of a community, getting to share our ideas which ultimately assists us in growing as writers.
What's your favorite English course you’ve taken so far?
My favourite English course I've taken so far has to be a 1st Year course called ENG 110 Literatures Across Borders. It was really enlightening to see literature from all around the globe, especially from the Caribbean and Britain. I really got to sympathize with the people of Jamaica. I had knowledge of the living conditions in the ghettos of Jamaica prior to the course, but reading a specific piece from a reggae poet had an everlasting impact on my perspective of the islands and their harsh realities that are not broadcasted to the rest of the world.
How have you been holding up during this pandemic?
I've been holding up well during this pandemic. I'm currently quarantining and I've enrolled in summer courses to take some of the load off for 3rd Year. I've been going on walks to clear my mind and get some fresh air. I want to begin writing again since I've not been motivated, hoping I can improve my craft so I can submit pitches to different organizations and companies.
What have you been watching, reading, listening to, and/or writing?
I've been listening to a lot of R&B music. It's my favourite genre, and I find it to be very relaxing and uplifting. Mostly old school R&B has been helping me through this pandemic since it covers a wide range of topics and issues that still are going on in society.
Any word of advice to incoming English students?
My advice to incoming English students is to don't overthink anything. You don't have to be a superb writer to have an influence on people, and you will learn how to improve your writing over your undergraduate years.