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Ruya Niu

Ruya Niu is graduating from Millersville University with an MA Degree in English.

Always a coordinated fashionista, Ruya brought an ebullient and sweet spirit to all of her classes. Classmates enjoyed the insights that she had when applying her Chinese experiences to the learning material.

Ruya will be returning back to her home, China, very soon, and will miss Millerville very much. She will miss the friendships she made, especially her Korean-American friend. They delighted in sharing homemade Korean food together. She will also miss her routine drink: a strawberry smoothie from Starbucks.

While at Millersville, Ruya was active in the IPS (International Program Service) TeaTime. She is particularly grateful for all the off-campus exposure that the English Dept had given her, including an organized trip to the movie theatre.

Ruya Niu

Ruya’s most memorable course was Creative Writing with Dr. Judy Halden-Sullivan. In this class, Ruya practiced styles in innovative creative writing. She describes Judy as a “cool cat” who demonstrates the unique spirit and identity of American Modern Culture. She was also blown away by the personalities of some outlandish postmodern poets that cut against the grain of tradition and society. Ruya also took an active interest in the art surrounding the postmodern movement. Ruya’s undergraduate thesis was on the Creative Writing pedagogies in Chinese High School English Classes

After graduation, Ruya would like to either teach English in a Chinese school, or work for the Chinese Embassy.

Congratulations, Ruya! We look forward to hearing about all you will do. Come back to visit!


Abby Good

Abby Good is graduating from Millersville University as an English BSE major. “My time at Millersville was made special by the people I met, professors I learned from, and the knowledge I’ve gained,” she shares.

Abby’s favorite English course was ENGL 232 World Literature 2, with Dr. Skucek. The class allowed students to truly read world literature, which was something she didn’t have much experience with. Prior to this class, she was familiar only with a few European authors. The novels read in class helped introduce her to authors from various countries, such as Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hermann Hesse, Franz Kafka, Gustave Flaubert, and a few others.

Abby was a member of the women’s volleyball team for all four undergrad years.  She was recognized with a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award twice. She was also actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club (member and then President 2019-2020) and was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa.

Abby recently completed Professional Development School. For three semesters,  she was at Marticville Middle School in the Penn Manor School District. She worked closely with both an English teacher and a Learning Support teacher. Through this internship, she learned immensely from her mentors, planned and implemented lessons, and grew as a teacher. 

After graduation, Abby plans to get a job in either an English or Special Education position.You can learn more about Abby in her student profile.

We are excited for what the future of education holds special for you, Abby! You will do great. Stay in touch!