Hello! My name is Valo Janigian, a senior from Fresno, CA. Before declaring American Studies, I lived in a world where I didn’t even know that such a wonderful thing could exist. I was torn between majoring English and History, but quickly realized that in choosing only one, I’d be missing out on taking classes in a discipline that I loved. It wasn’t until I came across American Studies that I realized I could choose a major with both. In the past year, the AmStud program has not only offered me amazing classes, but has offered me an academic home. From the warm faculty to the social events, I’ve realized that I have discovered a hidden gem here at Stanford.