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Amanda Mitchell

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Hometown: Londonderry, New Hampshire

Major: English

Minor: Spanish

Why did you choose your major at Lasell (i.e. what would you like to do after graduating)?
I actually just recently switched my major from English Secondary Education to English Literature. I realized that I didn't want to limit myself to education, and wanted to be able to explore other opportunities such as publishing, tech writing, and so on. However, the dream would be to pursue my masters and eventually a doctorate in English or Linguistics. Ideally, I'd like to find myself teaching at a college level while finding spare time to study new languages and write.   

What was it that brought you to Lasell, particularly in regard to your major?
I personally fell in love with the campus and Lasell's accessibility. I enjoyed that it was close to the city, but not in it. I also had heard praise about the humanities department and how strong the support and faculty to student connection was.   

What activities are you involved in or have been involved in (clubs, activities, athletics, etc.)?   
I am currently one of the presidents of Empty Bowls on campus. We are a non-profit grassroots effort that aims to create ceramic bowls to end hunger. Students, faculty and community members join us for bowl making nights on Wednesdays throughout the school year. All the bowls are sold at a fundraising night at the end of the Spring semester, and guests who purchase a one-of-a-kind bowl receive soup and other treats donated by local businesses. All the money we raise goes straight to the Centre Street Food Pantry in Newton. When we first started it was a great opportunity to meet new people, and now we've come together as a sort of small family dedicated to serving our community through artistic expression.  

Any internship you may have done, or are looking to do?   
Since I was an education major, I spent every year at a Pre-Practicum in a range of schools. I worked first at an alternative school, Bay State Learning Center, then in a 6th grade classroom at McDevitty Middle School and finally I finished up my time in the education department by working in a Freshman English classroom at Urban Science Academy.   

Favorite class you have taken at Lasell and why?  
SPAN211 was one of my favorite classes because of the atmosphere. Professor Guzman always welcomed our class with warmth and effervescence that translated well to the students. Everyone in that room was able to joke around and have fun with each other. The experience was memorable, especially since this class helped me realize how much I love language.  

What do you like to do off campus or in Boston?   
I love going into the city with my friends. Whether its for shopping or food, wandering the city is always a dazzling experience.  

Do you have an interesting story or great memory from Lasell that you would be willing to share? 
My strongest memories would probably have to be nights in with friends, where all we do is hang out and enjoy each other's company.