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My love of writing and reading drew me to the study of English at the University of Kansas, and the department’s stimulating courses and outstanding professors kept me entranced for four years as I read broadly, honed my interests and dug deeper. Carefully studying Melville and Hawthorne with the amazing Elizabeth Schultz pushed me to intellectual transformations I never anticipated. With her guidance, I completed my undergraduate honors thesis on “The Fallen Woman in 19th-Century American Fiction,” engaging rigorously in research and scholarly writing. Her instruction and the challenges she posed helped prepare me for graduate study and a lifelong passion for close reading and critical thinking. 

Mindie Miller Paget, BA, English, 1999, Director of Communications and Marketing, University of Kansas School of Law, Lawrence, KS

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