Featured Undergraduate Student

Carina Imbornone on Studying English at BU

Carina Imbornone is a rising junior double majoring in English and Economics at BU. Born and raised in Methuen, Massachusetts, she attributes her love of literature to her mother and local library.

What are doing this summer?

I have a few different jobs and internships that I’m juggling. I’m a writing intern at BU Today, a social media intern at the literary agency Aevitas Literary/Marina Keegan, and an Access and Inclusion Assistant at GrubStreet, the creative writing center. I also read for the New England Review andwrite my own fiction and non-fiction.

What do you like about being an English major?

Something I find really scary and exciting about English is that there is no way to “read it all”— there are just too many books! This makes research immersive. I also think the act of writing, especially writing fiction, is like an exercise in playing god. To be able to credibly put forth astoryline is pretty incredible, given the depth of world building and the variables involved.

What drew you to BU?

My scholarship was the biggest factor in attending BU, but I also genuinely loved the location and DIY energy here when I enrolled. I love the people I’ve met at BU and am really happy I chose to go here.

What has been your biggest challenge at BU?

Realizing I can’t do everything I want to do and live every life that I can happily imagine, no matter how much I might want to; and that I can make mistakes, little or big, and that’s okay.

What about your biggest joy?

Meeting the people that I have met—in my major, my dorm, at my job—and finding a little slice of community that feels like something I helped to create rather than something I just joined out of a lack of better options. I am so grateful I’ve been able to reach out to artists that I hope to be like one day and actually hear back from them—people like the video artist Ryan Trecartin and the mother of Marina Keegan, Tracy Schoolman. I feel like I’m actually moving toward the creative, connected life that I once dreamt of having.

Any anecdotes from BU classes?

I had Robert Levine for two classes at BU. There are too many eccentric moments from his classes to count—from getting his home number before final papers were due so we could call him with questions and complaints—but only before 7pm— to talking about Sesame Street and Count Dracula. Nothing about his classes was linear; they looped around on themselves.

What’s on your “things to read” list?

Pachinko, A Little Life, Oreo, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The Art of Fiction, The Girls, Fact of a Body, Bluets, American Psycho. I’m currently reading Molly McCloskey’s book, Straying.

So what’s next for you?

I want to work on fiction and focus on taking classes in writing and producing more work. I also want to intern at a magazine in New York before I graduate. Next semester, I’ll be finishing my Economics degree abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, France.