Senior Profile: Stephanie Safdie

Senior ProfileStephanie Safdie is an English major on the Media Studies track and minoring in Creative Writing (Poetry).

I decided to become an English major at the end of 2017 because I always knew that while I didn't know exactly what kind of job that I wanted, that I was always good at writing.

All of my interests always involved creativity of some kind, and people always told me that I had a way with words. It was a craft that I thought deserved my academic attention, and it's exactly the kind of manipulative, versatile major that I wanted.

What has been your favorite class in English and why?

I've taken so many good ones, but ENGL378C (Digital Fiction) was probably the greatest. It was a great group of people, and the course was the most interesting – we had to create digital stories using Twine. I'd recommend it to any English major no matter what track they're in!

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

In my first semester at College Park with Stanley Plumly we read "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" by Walt Whitman and it opened my eyes to how finite our time is here and how we should always be making the most of it.

What is your dream job or career?

My dream job is to be a travel blogger, YouTuber, or successful writer of some kind. I've also always had a soft spot for making music and songwriting. As long as my mind is always creatively working, I'd be happy with any of these outcomes.

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

I'm incredibly passionate about travel. Over my three years at College Park, I traveled the world... I've been to almost every major European city/country, Australia & New Zealand, Japan, and Israel... I've made a blog to document all of my findings and experiences around the world alongside my (awesome, if I say so myself) pictures. I haven't found anything that feeds my free spirit quite the way that travel does.

What has been the most valuable part of the English major?

For me, the most valuable part of being an English major was the opportunity to really get to know all of the other kids in my department and to cultivate great relationships with many of the professors. Tawes and all of the people in it really began to feel like home to me.