Carnegie Mellon University

Undergraduate Profile: Marika Yang

Marika Yang is a senior (Class of '20) majoring in Professional Writing and Creative Writing in the Department of English.

Have you ever had an internship related to your major in English?

Yes. I am currently a Writing & Communications Intern with the Marketing and Communications Department in CMU's College of Engineering. With this internship, I've really enjoyed writing about the innovative research being done at Carnegie Mellon. In addition, this position has given me the opportunity to explore other different fields to use my writing skills, such as communications, public relations, and social media.

Tell us something you're involved in here at CMU (clubs, tutoring, etc.).

I am currently the Publisher of The Tartan, CMU's student newspaper. I joined the organization my first fall semester, and fell in love with journalism. In the past three years, I've held many different positions, all that have helped me get involved in my campus community. Through The Tartan, I've been exposed to so many different people, organizations, and events on campus and around Pittsburgh that I otherwise wouldn't have known. The staff is a family, brought together by our love for our community and reporting about it.

What advice do you have for students who want to major in English?

It may sound a bit cliché, but do what you love. I've been blessed to have supportive family and friends, but not everyone will understand your choice, especially at a university like CMU. But something I've learned is if you don't like what you're studying, college becomes a drag, an experience that could be so much more worthwhile if you enjoy what you're learning.

What have you learned (or are learning) that's made a difference to you?

One of the biggest lessons I've learned in college, especially in the early years, is that it's okay not to know everything. It's okay not to have it all figured out and not know what you want to do. That's truly what college is for. I stressed myself out so much in the beginning because I felt that everyone around me knew exactly what they wanted and how to get it. That's great, but if that's not you, it's okay.