Senior Profile: Kevin Stoll

Kevin Stoll Kevin Stoll is an English major and double minoring in Rhetoric and General Business.

Why did you decide to become an English major?

I initially was a Kinesiology major at UMD, but the classes were simply not fulfilling me. I was longing to read, write, and argue–something I was not getting from all my science classes.

I picked up the English major in addition to Kinesiology in sophomore year, and after I discovered that English was really making me enjoy my studies far more than I ever had, I dropped Kines at the end of that same year.

What clubs, campus groups, internships, outside of class projects have you been involved with?

I am part of the English honors society, Sigma Tau Delta, as well as the honors society Phi Kappa Phi. I am very involved in the Catholic Student Center on campus, where I have been a student leader for different ministries, retreats, and mission trips, and I am also a Knight of Columbus. When I lived on campus I was also an RHA Senator.

What is something you read during class that impacted your worldview?

"Letter From a Birmingham Jail" by Martin Luther King Jr.

What skills (professional, creative or other) do you think you’ve gotten from the major?

I have become a more critical reader and a more critical observer of things that I encounter. I am also better able to make arguments and defend them, and I have become more aware of what great art is and what great writing is and how to appreciate it when I see it.

What is your dream job or career?

My dream job is to be a federal judge.

What are you passionate about (or even curious about)?

I am passionate most of all about my faith, but I am also passionate about the law, about politics, about fiction, about great film and television, about sports, and passionate about (and very curious about whether I could do it!) stand up comedy.

To you, what has been the most valuable part of the English major?

Going back to some of my previous answers, I think the most valuable part is cultivating the ability to appreciate beauty and great art when I encounter it and learning how to have a reaction to it.