Student Profile:
Michelle Campbell ‘13- Alum Profile

Why did you choose Siena College?

When I was comparing colleges, there were three factors that were important to me: small class size, a student-run Writing Center, and a chapel on campus. Siena had all three.

Why English?

My goal was to major in English, graduate, and go on to become an editor. So, unlike most college students, I came in declared as an English major and stuck with it all four years. I also tacked on a minor in Writing & Communications. I didn’t wind up becoming an editor, but my degree helps me tremendously with my current job.

What was your most meaningful experience at Siena?

I can’t possibly answer this question because for one, I like being busy and tried to involve myself in everything and ultimately, every minute at Siena was meaningful. If I had to pick one, it would be my experience as a Bonner Service Leader. It allowed me to take my education and use it to assist local non-profit organizations.

How has your English degree prepared you for life/work after college?

Currently I work at an ad agency as an Account Manager at a company called POTRATZ in Schenectady, N.Y. My responsibilities are to build relationships with my clients, develop advertising strategies for them based on their unique needs, and implement the strategy. It requires immense organization, strong communication skills, and the ability to work with others. Having a degree in English benefits me daily. It helps me frame my position when I’m trying to pitch an idea to a client and also ensures that any copy that comes from my team is error-free, concise, and has the right “voice” for our target audience.

What are you currently reading?

Right now I’m reading What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund, a guidebook on France for an upcoming trip, and re-reading The Moviegoer by Walker Percy.

Michelle Campbell ‘13- Alum Profile

Michelle Campbell

Class of 2013

English Major

Hillsdale, N.J.