Graduating Class: '11

Shardae Watson

Literature (21L)

When I first came to MIT, I originally intended to study mechanical engineering. However, I came to realize that I liked studying literature more, so halfway through my junior year, I decided to switch majors. While the transition was difficult, I still consider that to be one of the best decisions I made during my time at MIT. What I found was that I loved studying how language and imagery contributed to and changed one’s interpretation of a text. I also appreciated the small size of the department and the support I received from staff and faculty alike; the department felt more closely knit as a result. Being a Literature major at MIT has, I believe, given me the best of both worlds. Having to take math and science classes alongside my literature classes gave me what I feel is a well-rounded education.