Prospective Students

Tanya Banerjee

Tanya BanerjeeMajor: Psychology and Communication

Minor: Creative Writing

Year: Third

How did you decide on your major?

Deciding on a major was tough, so of course I ended up with two! I chose Psychology because I was very interested in the processes of the mind and mental health, something that is still stigmatized today. I added Communication later, after discovering how useful and applicable it is in any field/career, as well as how it opens up a lot of job opportunities. 

What is it about your chosen field and department that appeals to you?

Regarding Psychology, the department offers amazing internships that are hands-on and prepare you very well for an entry-level position in that subfield (i.e., an internship in a psychiatric unit). In terms of Communication, I love that there are specializations you can choose within the major. For example, I am pursuing a specialization in Relationship and Family Communication, which fits well with Psychology. In fact, it amazes me how much the topics in these two majors overlap!

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your minor?

I absolutely love all of my Creative Writing classes and professors! It was my time with Professor Evie Shockley in Introduction to Creative Writing that really sparked my passion for writing and motivated me to pursue the minor. As I began taking more classes, I loved Professor Alex Dawson’s class on Young Adult Fiction because apart from being insanely fun, it was quite the learning experience. Evie and Alex are truly inspiring professors and individuals.

What are your favorite academic experiences outside your major?

Outside my majors, my favorite academic experiences definitely take place in my Creative Writing classes! To be with a group of aspiring young writers under the guidance of amazing professors is one of the best things in the world.

What are your other Rutgers activities?

As part of the SAS Honors Program, I am an Ambassador, Blog Writer, and Peer Mentor. Through the Douglass Residential College for Women, I am a Red Pine Ambassador; I represent Douglass in a variety of events and give tours to incoming/prospective Rutgers/Douglass students. In addition, I am a creative contributor to the Rutgers Imaginate magazine. I am also an Editorial Assistant Intern at the Rutgers University Press.

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. I hope to teach Creative Writing in the university, while also writing novels for young adults.