Portrait of a Graduating Senior: Savanah Wright

Savanah Wright, Double Major in Theatre and English

What has been most valuable or surprising about your experience in the English department?

I had not expected to be in such a close-knit community. We were able to build a community that cared for one another rather than simply being classmates and professors. The English department was there for me when I was going through one of the hardest periods of my life. For that, I will always be grateful.

What noise or sound do you love? What noise or sound do you hate?

I love the sound of water! Rain, ocean tides, running faucets, you name it. I find it extremely relaxing. I really don’t like it when people make sounds when they eat. It makes my skin crawl.

What is your best Detroit Mercy memory?

There are so many memories that I love, but if I had to choose I would say that my time performing on stage with the Detroit Mercy Theatre company would have to be my favorite. Throughout my time at Detroit Mercy, I have been able to play numerous roles, all unique in their own right. I have been an estranged daughter, a headstrong artist, a “Bad Idea Bear’, and so much more. The memories that I have made both on and off the stage are memories I will cherish for a long time. 

What is one class you took or book you read that you will remember when you are 70? Why?

Honestly, I will remember a lot of the classes I took for a long time. It is hard to choose only one because each of the courses has impacted me significantly. If I had to choose one specifically it would be Writing about Literature. I was never fully confident in my writing skills but this course helped me get out of my mind and realize my potential. This course gave me the confidence that I needed to let myself enjoy writing without constantly second-guessing my skills. I highly recommend the course to anyone who is struggling with confidence in their writing as well.

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