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From Chemical Bonds to Shakespeare

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. For most students, switching career paths can be a very difficult decision to make. I know this, because I was one of them. I began my first-year studies as a chemistry major with a genuine interest in healthcare and pharmaceutical innovation. However, as my first year of undergrad came to an end, […]

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A Short Guide to Health Professions Writing

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Graphic by Peyton Cabaniss. Convincing medical school committees why you want to be a doctor can be very difficult, especially when it has to be done in less than one to two pages. The Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service (TMDSAS) requires at least two primary essays per applicant: a personal statement, a personal characteristics […]

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A Presentation of Truths

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Last spring, I found myself doing what I considered to be daring. No, not daring as in eating an entire pint of ice cream in one serving, going downtown the night before an exam, or even skydiving. Instead, I was completing my last five undergraduate English courses in one semester. Yup, you read that right: all […]

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Got Grit?

Written by Nathan Pastrano. Scholars have spent the last four decades debating about what, exactly, makes students “successful.” Angela Lee Duckworth, researcher and professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has spent nearly twenty years researching students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and whether or not they consider themselves happy and successful. According to Duckworth’s Ted […]

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A Brief Survey of the Modernist Canon

Written by Nathan Allen Pastrano. “Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread.” – Richard Wright Writing is more than just for entertainment purposes. It is a way to speak truth. The early 20th century marked a turning point in literary history for marginalized groups, particularly in the United States, […]

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Misconceptions About English Majors

Written by Nathan Allen Pastrano. “Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare There is a common misconception that majoring in English is completely useless when it is time to set foot in the job market. While it is true that there is an abundance of jobs waiting […]