BA Candidate, World Literature Major
I've spent most of my post-secondary career waiting for World Literature to be created. The texts studied in World Lit are what I read recreationally, out of simple curiosity. Once you start studying literature in this way, there's really no going back. Learning about authors cross-cultural influences and how texts travel is fundamental to the study of literature.
The other important thing about World Lit is its applicability. If one is interested in History, Political Science, Criminology, Anthropology, etc. World Literature will enrich these areas of study. I was originally a History major, and while it is now my minor, that knowledge has only benefited my study of World Lit.
As for SFU Surrey, it is the home for World Lit. It's a fantastic campus and there's really a sense of community amongst the World Lit students there. More than any program I've experienced, the World Lit students are the most eager to engage with the material and their professors - especially creatively when given the opportunity.
As for my own education and career goals, these change frequently. At the moment I'm focused on getting my degree and then either going to Japan to teach english or pursue grad school - possibly the latter after the former. My ultimate career goal is to be a writer, preferably a novelist. I've always found that a range of reading benefits my writing and the broad reading and studying in World Lit has benefited me tremendously.