Dias ’19 Loves UMaine for its Family Focus

Amy Dias ’19, a New Hartford, CT native, wants to teach everyone to love literature the way that she does — in fact, she hopes to make a career of it.

What is your major (or intended major)?

English with an Analytical Writing Concentration, and a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor.

Why did you choose that major and fields of study?

I want to teach others to have a love for literature like I do. I want to help others that may have literacy troubles to learn to cope and enjoy reading.

Why did you choose to attend UMaine?

I am a nontraditional student and the services UMaine offers to those that have children was the best around. I was able to live in Family Housing and send my kids to the University child care when we first moved here.

What UMaine-affiliated clubs or organizations are you involved in?

I am the president of the NSA, Nontraditional Student Association, a past president of CANS, Commuter and Nontraditional Student group. I am also a member of TRIO SSS.

Favorite place to hang out on campus?

The Wade Center, Commuter Lounge in the Memorial Union.

Favorite place to hang out off campus?

I spend a lot of time in University Park, the family housing unit where I live. Or at the movies.

What is your most memorable event or experience as a UMaine student?

Going to the NEWCA, Northeast Writing Center Association, conference in Connecticut with the Writing Center to present my research project on Nontraditional Students in the Writing Center.

Aside from coursework and campus life, what are your interests or favorite things to do?

Going to see new movies in the cinema, hiking and walking the bike path, spending time with my children, going to the ocean/beach.

Who is/are your favorite UMaine professor(s) and what makes them stand out?

Paige Mitchell — she taught my Writing Center internship class and my independent study. She always starts every class with a breathing exercise to get everyone’s mind clear and ready for the class. Pushing away the stress and refocusing. She cares for each student as well as the Writing Center, preparing us for almost any situation we could face so that we can be the best tutors possible.

What year do you expect to receive your bachelor’s degree?  

December 2019

What are your plans for the year immediately following your UMaine graduation?

I will hopefully be starting the Master of Arts in Teaching program at UMaine right after I finish my undergraduate.

What do you see yourself doing professionally once you’ve finished your education?

Once I have completely finished my education I hope to be working in a school as private sector literary specialist.

What are the keys to being a successful student at UMaine?  

Speak with your teachers, that is the biggest advice I can give students. Speak to your teachers, let them know when you need help, if there is something going on outside of school. Nine times out of ten they will understand and do anything in their power to help you through the class.