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College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Parker Staples

1. Where are you from?

My dad was in the Navy, and my family moved around a lot. I have lived in Middletown, Rhode Island; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacksonville Florida; and Monterey, California, to name a few places.

2. When are you expecting to graduate?

I am graduating Spring 2020 as a third year student.

3. What’s your major (and minor, if applicable)?

My major is English with an option in English studies.

4. What’s it like to be a student at Chico State?

Being a student at Chico State has been a great experience for me. It really brought me out of my shell after high school and enriched my interest in academia. I have made several great friendships with my peers, found amazing role models and mentors in my professors, and have been presented with so many incredible opportunities for growth and learning through my involvement with the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

5. Can you tell me a bit more about the Honors program you’re involved in this year?

In addition to my work in HFA, I am also involved in the Honors program at Chico State. The Honors program gives students the opportunity to work closely with professors from a wide variety of subjects instead of completing a normal GE. Class sizes are smaller than traditional GE classes, giving students the opportunity for more hands-on, discussion-based teaching. In the final year of the Honors program, students complete an interdisciplinary thesis of their choosing over the course of a year. My thesis is on the ethical considerations of lying and liars in American literature.

6. How do you like living in Chico?

One of the greatest things about living in Chico is the community. Chico has all the quaintness of a small town with all the busyness of a big city, giving students the best of both worlds. I love community events such as the Thursday night market and some of the shows and presentations put on by the Humanities Center, as well as spending time in the beautiful Bidwell Park.

7. What would be your most important advice for incoming freshman?

My advice for incoming freshman is to be courageous, especially in your first year. Take a class that might be hard, but looks interesting. Go up and introduce yourself to your professor on the first day. Make friends with people in the dorms. Go to a lecture or show by yourself if no one else wants to come. Your experience at Chico State is entirely what you make of it. This school will provide you with so many amazing opportunities, you only need to be brave enough to take them.

8. What do you plan on doing when you graduate from Chico State?

When I graduate this Spring, I plan to move to Austin, Texas to start working as a paralegal and studying for the LSAT. My goal is to eventually become and intellectual property lawyer and work with with musicians and/or video game designers to protect their art.

Head shot of Ambassador Parker Staples