Villanova's English MA has provided me with several key experiences that I consider vital to my next steps as an academic. First, it has given me a balanced exposure to both my area of focus (Renaissance/Early Modern) and a diverse collection of other periods and critical schools, including Postmodernism, Ecocriticism, Affect Theory, and Irish Drama. As a Research Assistant and Graduate Assistant, I have also had the opportunity to tutor undergraduate and graduate students through the writing process, as well as engage in professional academic research for a professor publishing in my area of study. The Teaching Internship program has allowed me to the chance to get in front of an upper-level undergraduate literature class and experience college pedagogy firsthand. I have found the faculty to be incredibly supportive of my attempts to be a better writer and teacher. They are also just engaging, learned, and considerate people, as are the students who have experienced these two years with me. I feel fortunate to have landed here.