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    Professor Rachael Benavidez: Adjunct English Professor at Queens College

    Professor Benavidez got the teaching passion later than some professors. She was in marketing and editing before going to CUNY City College for Worker Education, a school which helps adults going back to school. The reason she went was simply due to her devotion to education. In the past Benavidez tutored at CUNY LaGuardia Community College, where she was an admin for first year writing. When asked why she loved to teach, Benavidez expressed that she loves to do interdisciplinary work, and enjoys studying different stories and rhetoric. “Seeing the social, political and historical context [of a story] has always interested me,” Benavidez noted. She cited one of her own…

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    The Department of English: preparing students for the real world

    In a way, every Queens College student is linked to the English Department. Students are required to take a writing-intensive class. Others, including non-English majors, participate in QC Voices, a website featuring student perspectives, or Utopia Parkway Journal, a student-run literary journal. For students majoring in English, the reasons behind their decision may vary. But one thing is certain–they want to increase their language skills. Jose Fana, whose native language is Spanish, is a 28-year-old senior majoring in English and psychology. Spending four years as an English major sharpened his English. “I have been getting better at my writing, and I feel that I am a more professional student. In…

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    Meet Harold Schechter, the man with two unique personalities

    Queens College Professor Harold Schechter knows serial killers extremely well. As a kid, he would stay up to watch Fright Night, where classic horror films such as “Frankenstein,” “Dracula” and “The Werewolf Man” were screened. Growing up, he drew an interest in dark materials, which played an important role in shaping the person he is today. During his free time, Schechter enjoys writing. However, he not only just writes for leisure, but also paved a successful writing career with 36 books under his name. One of Schechter’s latest books, “The Mad Sculptor,” was nominated for the Edgar Award, bestowed upon the best American mystery of the year. Like Batman, by…