Peer Advisor Program

The English Department's Peer Advisors are English majors who provide advice to prospective and current English students and majors.

Whether you are curious about taking an English class or wondering about majoring in English, our Peer Advisors would be glad to talk with you about their experiences in the department. They have each suggested a few topics you might want to ask them about, but they are happy to answer other questions as well.

Grace Acquilano

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Class year: 2022
Ask me about: dramatic literature (Restoration & American drama), writing poetry, musical theatre, theatre history, vocal, and dance performance, reading memoirs, double-majoring in English and Theatre, balancing extracurriculars with academics, Maymester programs, organizational and scheduling skills, attending the Writer’s Workshop, building relationships with English professors over the years

Extracurriculars: Theatre Department productions, Alternate College Theatre (ACT) productions, Tour Guide, Fall Gateways Orientation Leader, Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society), Dance Ensemble, JCC Spiritual Retreats

William Baschwitz

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Class year: 2022
Ask me about:  Chaucer, Shakespeare, 19th century poetry, writing poetry and narratives, minoring in education alongside the English major, faith engagement opportunities, applying for a teaching fellowship

Liturgical Ministry (Lectoring), Society of Saints Peter and Paul

Jamil Davis

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Class year: 2023
Ask me about:   Major in English, minors in Education and Africana Studies, losing yourself in a good story, figuring yourself out as a learner, writing poetry and short stories, public service, future work in education (I plan to one day open my own school!), time management, making the most of life at Holy Cross

Writers Workshop, head residential assistant, research assistant, Co-Chair Male Involvement Coalition, real estate, candle maker, Silent Retreat-Spiritual Exercises, Hanify-Howland Lecture Committee

Milena Familia

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Class year: 2022
Ask me about:  Creative writing, British literature/poetry, double-majoring in English and Spanish, study abroad (Spain), finding an internship

Pre-law, public relations, UX/technical writing, Ballroom Dance Club, Spanish CBL, non-denominational worship, Spring Break Immersion, resident's assistant, English/Spanish honor society, English SAC

Brianna Fisher

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Class year: 2023
Ask me about:  Education (Teacher Education Program), multiculturalism, African-American literature, 19th century literature, being a POC at Holy Cross, Writer’s Workshop, Honors Program, balancing school work with social activities, English SAC, Passport Program, Writing Fellowship

Ultimate Frisbee, BSU (general member), RPE (Relationship Peer Educators), Bean Counter Enthusiast

Hugh Kelly

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Class year: 2023
Ask me about: 
16th Century Literature, Elizabethan Era, Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, majoring in English, balancing papers in multiple classes simultaneously, balancing academics with athletics and social life 

Extracurriculars:  Football

Katie Knippler

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Class year: 2022
Ask me about:  20th century literature, American literature, Modernism, women writers, poetry, translation, double major in English and German, writing a College Honors and English Honors thesis, working as a research associate (Mapping Worcester in Poetry), Summer Weiss Research program.

Extracurriculars:  Co-Editor-in-Chief of
The Criterion (Holy Cross's literary journal), SPUD Co-Program Director, volunteer tutor at a local middle school, resident assistant, and orientation leader

Nina Masin-Moyer

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Class year: 2022
Ask me about:  Renaissance/Shakespeare, drama, feminist literature, writing a thesis, College and English honors programs, The Criterion, minoring in studio art, summer research program

Extracurriculars:  Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Criterion, Student Programs for Urban Development