I chose Siena College because I was impressed with its academic credibility and when I visited the campus I felt at home. I was part of the Presidential Scholars program and so I was able to do an overnight at the college prior to officially deciding where I would enroll. I got to sit in on an English class (Survey of English Literature I) and fell in love with the discussion within the classroom that day.
After taking English classes throughout my freshman year, I knew I wanted to see where a focus on English studies would take me. I had spoken with a few networking connections and was realizing where an English degree could lead in the business world. I had always been interested in publishing and graduating from Siena with a Bachelor of Arts in English seemed like a great step forward on that career path.
I was able to study abroad in London the spring semester of my junior year. I attended Birkbeck, University of London and was told that the classroom I sat in for my course used to be Virginia Woolf’s living room. Perhaps the professor was teasing us but I clung to that notion! Through my semester abroad I took one course and held two full-time internships; the first internship was with Ink Publishing, a company that creates in-flight travel magazines.
My English degree has been a terrific advantage for me. I work for Cengage Learning, an educational publishing company. My English degree helped me present myself as a well-educated, articulate candidate for an editorial role at Cengage. My job demands great editing and summarizing skills as I read a lot of content and create succinct synopses for publication or presentations. Effective communications with my colleagues as well as my customers is a must as I represent the face of the company when interacting with those in my market.
I recently finished Elizabeth Warren’s “A Fighting Chance”, and am now on to Amy Poehler’s “Yes Please” and James Dashner’s “The Maze Runner” series (one never outgrows Young Adult novels!).
Class of 2008
Clifton Park, N.Y.