The DUKE name, alone, carries prestige of course. But being an English Lit. major has made a huge difference to my success. Thatäó»s not what I expected. I chose English Literature because Iäó»ve always loved to read äó_ and write. But I thought I was selecting a relatively äóìuselessäó major. I chose it from my heart, not my mind. Turns out, however, that I made a very wise choice. As I discovered in corporate life äóñ actually, life in general äóñ the ability to communicate effectively is empowering. Over and over äóñ first in my own career as an exec, and then in working with hundreds of execs since äóñ Iäó»ve seen how peopleäó»s aspirations get derailed when they fail to convey their ideas with impact and power. Conversely, Iäó»ve seen execs win (often with my help) when their recommendations, motivational speeches, video scripts, voicemails, emails, etc., are communicated with power. All that reading I did äó_ all that analysis of what made äóìxäó piece of literature memorable and outstanding äó_ has helped me, and still helps me, in countless ways still today. So äóñ SURPRISE! I ended up choosing the best major I possible. Thank you, DUKE. And thank you, Dr. Heninger äóñ one of my favorite and unforgettable professors who encouraged and acknowledged me äó_ along with many others during the Quality Education Iäó»m grateful to have received.