English DSA Mazey Perry

Mazey Perry


Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Major: English
Concentration: Women, Gender & Sexuality
Study Abroad: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Best Adjective to Describe You: Outgoing

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The faculty! They are all so welcoming and so willing to assist with any needs, big or small.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Ask questions. I was so scared to email professors because I did not want to seem confused, but in reality, asking questions makes you seem more eager to learn. Also, checking bulletin boards or the Hornet Hive to see if any events are happening within the department is a great way to get involved.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Get involved! This was so difficult since I started at K during Covid, but since then I have tried to get involved with as many things as I have time for. It is the best way to meet new people and try new things. I know everyone says that about college, but I can tell you from first-hand experience that it is true.

What has been your favorite class at K?
Shakespeare with Professor Smith is my favorite class I have taken at K. I absolutely fell in love with early British literature. This class taught me how to read and understand Shakespeare which was a lot of fun.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
The open curriculum is why I came to K in the first place. I have taken a huge variety of classes and that has allowed me to fully understand what I like and do not like in terms of departments. I have taken psychology, business, Spanish, art. I have learned something valuable from each, even though they are not specific to my major and minor.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I founded Kalamazoo Fashion Club my sophomore year, and that was something I never thought I would be able to do in college. I also am part of Premium Orange a cappella and have an internship doing interior design in Chicago this summer!

What is your SIP?
I am doing a 2 trimester SIP in the English department. It is partially about my summer internship, but also about how my college experience impacted where I am today and the things I have learned while being at K.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am not entirely sure yet. I hope that this summer while working in Chicago, I will get a better idea of specifics. I definitely want to do something creative though.

What is a random fun fact about you?
Possums are my favorite animal!