"I love stories! I have always loved well crafted tales." This is how Maia describes her passion for her field. One of her favorite courses to teach is Early American Literature. Currently she has a very enthusiastic group in this course—they bring their passion and strong desire to talk about "what makes a good story."
Maia is a strong supporter of the Core Program. She was involved with revamping the Core 1 curriculum and is proud of the result. Her description of Core: "Core adds dimension to who we are as human beings, and Core One plays a part in that. The Core One curriculum is a story carefully constructed to help make students aware of themselves as inhabitants of a particular moment in history."
If talking to a prospective student about majoring in English at SJC, she would describe a "solid program in Literature, teaching English, and Creative Writing." She would describe" the dynamism of the classes, the socialization, and the class discussions." Maia would want the applicant to understand the value of "the marriage of your major and Core and how it will make you incredibly well read and prepared for the world." She also noted "the social nature and collegiality" of the English Department classes.
Maia notes that many English majors have gone into teaching, public relations, freelance editing, the Peace Corps, and law school. One English major created the BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program in which students from the local community are tutored at SJC.
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