Name: Jordan Jones
Hometown: Fairview, Texas
Previous Education (BA): Double major in English and Portuguese (BYU)
Language/Emphasis of Degree: Luso-Brazilian Literatures MA
Current Position (job, Ph. D. program, etc.): High school English teacher
What you thought of the professors? My professors were very approachable, and they were happy to work one-on-one with me to ensure I understood the content and had support in my papers and projects, especially my thesis. They were very good at pointing me to useful resources and then giving me the freedom I needed to produce my best work.
Why pursue an MA in your emphasis? I am thinking about doing a PhD in Luso-Brazilian literature, but I wanted to try out the academia route to see if I would like to do it long term. The MA was my way of trying out researching and teaching in a university setting.
Favorite experience? My favorite experiences were teaching undergraduate Portuguese classes and interacting with my fellow graduate students in the office. The relationships I built with people who have similar interests and aspirations was the most rewarding part of the program for me.
Any other useful information to students looking into the program? BYU has a great program, and it has wonderful resources for studying anything you want to. Don’t worry if your desired area of study does not align perfectly with the faculty–they will support you in what you want to do, as long as you can articulate why it has scholarly value.