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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: We had so many great applicants for the internship position this time around. Any of them would have been a great fit, which meant we got to pick the best of the best. I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Spring 2016 — Katie Haggstrom and Joyce Bohling, (who was also with us last semester, and was so great we asked her to stay on). Just like the position description states, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and there’s lots of good stuff coming your way! If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.

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From Katie Haggstrom: “I admit that I’m a cliche English student, but I try to live by Emerson’s quote ‘do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.’ I went from spending my undergraduate years bundling up against harsh Minnesota winters at St Olaf College to studying in Tanzania, London and attending NYU’s Publishing Institute.”

“I will always be a Nebraska native, but I officially moved to Fort Collins in August to begin a Masters in English at CSU. While I’m beginning my second semester, I’m still adjusting to the whole graduate student thing. But I’m amazed at the countless authors, writers, and poets invited to speak at CSU. As your intern this semester, I’m excited to learn more about the different events and speakers on the calendar.”

“If you see me lurking around Eddy (where I seem to live most weekdays), feel free to say hello.”

Joyce Bohling

Joyce Bohling

From Joyce Bohling: “I’m excited to be returning for a second semester as a Communications Intern for the English Department! In the fall, I not only learned a lot about writing for the web, but met some very cool people I otherwise would not have met, learned more about people I already knew, and got to share their stories with all of you. I’m looking forward to another semester of learning all I can about communications and about this department. Don’t hesitate to contact me (or Katie or Jill) if you have a story you’d like to be heard.”

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Former English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic at her graduation Spring 2016

Former English Department Communications Intern Ashley Alfirevic at her graduation, Spring 2016

There were two final things I wanted to take home from Colorado this summer: a graduate certificate from the University of Denver Publishing Institute (DPI) and a cardboard sign from the summit of a fourteener.  As it turned out, the process of earning those two degrees of cardstock weren’t all that different.

The top is a daunting, idealized prospect. Looking ahead to the end of my journey, I was excited for what might come with a certificate from DPI. I had all sorts of expectations for new friends, reputable connections, and perhaps even job offers. But there was still work to be done, including mysterious manuscripts and advance assignments that I felt a little nervous about starting. I found myself enjoying the preliminary work once I got going, as writing reader’s reports, traveling to indie bookstores, and drafting press releases all provided a fun introduction to the trail ahead. 

You’ll meet a lot of fun, interesting people along the way. DPI provides an automatic introduction to almost a hundred other people who love books and want to contribute to making them, and it’s the most wonderful thing. Surrounded by fellow readers ready with ample book suggestions and the same frenzied determination to find a career in the publishing industry, I felt confident that this was absolutely the right place to be. 

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Ashley at DPI (third from the right), along with some of her fellow participants

Some just seem to have a talent for bounding up the mountain. The Institute also allows for introductions to industry giants. Whether they serve as fearless leaders in the digital age or have uncanny knacks for editing with a subtle turn of phrase, the lecturers are absolutely awe-inspiring. Many of the speakers seem to have those, “I moved to New York with empty pockets and a dream” stories, and they all made them work with perseverance, grit, and a little bit of luck. But as many of them reminded us, everyone struggles on the way to the top. All of them were remarkably accessible and eager to help us on our trek, offering advice, business cards, and free books (and there were a lot of free books).   

The summit is beautiful, gratifying, and uniting. The trail may have seemed a little difficult at times – there’s no shortage of homework and job applications – but it was always worth it. The top puts everything in perspective, and it’s fulfilling to know that the industry wants to create books that have the power to change people’s lives in some small way. I felt proud to be part of a group of graduates that I know will go on to do great things and contribute to making even greater books. 

There are a lot of new peaks around you. I could easily see the other adventures around me, and I felt equipped to handle them. There may not be fifty-three peaks in publishing, but there are a plethora of different jobs, including but not limited to: editing, agenting, copyediting, proofreading, packaging, design, marketing, publicity, public relations, production, sub-rights, law, sales, and bookselling in trade, scholarly, indie, children’s, textbook, digital, and religious publishing. 

You really enjoy the view on the way down.  On the way up, I was focused on the trail ahead; the whole month was an intense crash course in industry lingo and procedures. On the way down I had time to take it all in, enjoy the views, and catch my breath. I learned about the industry through funny anecdotes and crucial guidance, practiced the nitty-gritty skills needed to go into editing or marketing, and took a glimpse into the pros and cons of every role. I met new business contacts who’d be glad to offer a coffee and some wisdom, and new friends I’d be happy to call up in whatever city I land in. Most of all, I confirmed that I want to pursue the beautiful, if chaotic, path of publishing now more than ever.


We are so proud of Ashley and all she has accomplished, as well as so grateful for all she did for us in her year as our communications intern. We miss her, but can’t wait to see where she’ll land. If you’d like to find out more about DPI, contact our internship coordinator Mary Hickey, mary.hickey@colostate.edu

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Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence (JUR) is a peer-reviewed, undergraduate journal registered with the Library of Congress that accepts submissions of any subject, from any undergraduate institution.

This is a journal where undergraduates have an opportunity to publish their own work and showcase their talents in any academic subject. Research, poetry, reviews, and art can be featured side-by-side as a testament to the scholarly power of undergraduate students.

Founded in 2009 and headquartered at the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry in the Institute for Learning and Teaching Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, JUR Press is an undergraduate-run publishing house. Their mission is to print outstanding undergraduate research, scholarly articles, and creative works to make them available to the public and connect the worldwide community of college undergraduates. Their flagship product is the Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence, printed annually and open to students internationally.

Previous publications in JUR, the sort of things an English major might write and submit:

 

  • Inequitable marriage: Financial dependence of women in the Victorian novel 
  • A commentary on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt through Erikson’s eight stages of psychosocial development theory 
  • An Appeal to Anyone Writing Anything
  • The Geology of Who You Share Your Bed With 
  • Unique spaces, unique states of mind: the Thai forest monks and the Abhidhamma method of conscious states and meditation 
  • Judging emotion in reason: the effect of emotion in the Anglo-American legal system

 

Submission Deadline: March 14th, 2016

Internships: They aren’t planning on hiring any new interns for the Spring, but there are plans for positions in the Fall.

Looking for more places to submit your work? Check out Local Literary Magazines, Places to Publish Your Work: a Listicle from Ashley Alfirevic.

 

 

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Interns for Spring 2016 — Ashley Alfirevic (returning), Beth Campbell, and Kaitlyn Phillips. Just like the position description stated, they are creative and enthusiastic CSU students with good communication and writing skills who are super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. We had our first official meeting last week, and the room was full of so much good energy and so many great ideas! I can’t wait to share more of their work with you. If you have any ideas of what they should be writing about, events they should be attending, people they should profile, etc., send those suggestions my way.

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Ashley Alfirevic, after her senior thesis presentation (Ashley’s thesis: Women in Irish Film: Representations of Feminine Mobility)

From Ashley Alfirevic: Winter break provided some rest and relaxation as I caught up with family and friends back home in Chicago. Seeing as this was first time in a few years that Christmas didn’t come coupled with a polar vortex, it was the perfect opportunity to go explore the city. My trip back to Colorado started a little early with a few days in Breckenridge, where I skied my first black diamond trails and narrowly avoided several wipe-outs.

Not much different from those intimidating new trails, I’m excited and a little nervous to tackle my last semester of college. Senior year means the embarking on the job hunt and navigating adulthood, but I’m not ready to call myself a graduate just yet. There are a few more items to tick off the list before I leave CSU, like rafting down the Poudre or going to a concert at Red Rocks. And, of course, I’d like to make the most of my time left in the English Department.

I’m eager to meet my two new colleagues in the English Department Communications Internship, and hope to offer some helpful tidbits during our time together. Though far from old and wise, seniority has granted me a little perspective. While this comes with the territory, attend all the readings, presentations, poetry slams, and English Department events that you can. I’m making up for lost time this year, and am now realizing how much they ground you in the CSU English community. Don’t be too intimidated to talk with professors and grad students (even if you have a bit of an awkward start); everyone in the department is welcoming and friendly, and will be more than willing to strike up a conversation.

And while this is terribly, awfully cliché, you’ll be signing your graduation contract before you know it. Make sure you can look back on your time with a little bit of a smile, maybe because you talked with a professor who was passionate about their course, or met a classmate who made you think during discussions, or a read book that changed the way you looked at the world around you.

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Beth Campbell

From Beth Campbell: Literature is the purest expression of the human spirit, which is why it terrifies some, confuses others, and delights those who dare to keep looking. This is my dearest belief and why I am so passionate about what I do. I am a second year English Education major who loves being involved with anything related to reading, writing, or education. When I am not reading whatever book I picked up this week from the library or in class, I am out meeting new people, going to poetry slams, or relaxing in my favorite corner of the Alleycat. I am a tea connoisseur, an advocate for adult nap time and recess, and I always eat dessert first, because life is too short to pass up the good stuff.

I have been writing for most of my life, but my writing career only took off two years ago when a poem of mine was published in the America Library of Poets yearly book Accolades. I began to pursue English as a major and career choice when I came to college. I was hired as a weekly writer for an online national journal called The Odyssey, where I continue to publish short works of fact and opinion. I am very excited for this internship and cannot wait to see what this semester holds for us!

Kaitlyn Phillips

Kaitlyn Phillips

From Kaitlyn Phillips: I’m incredibly excited to join CSU’s English Department as an intern this Spring; I’ve been part of the community as a student for almost two years, and I’m excited to gain new perspective on this place that many of us English majors call home. My concentration is education, and I hope to one day be the kind of teacher that creates the same sense of community in her classroom that I’ve found here in the university’s English department. When I’m not studying English here on campus, I’m most often at Putnam Elementary school, where I work as a teaching assistant in a preschool classroom, or doing small projects as the Development Officer of the nonprofit Far Away Friends; our mission is to extend quality education into Northern Uganda, and it has been amazing to take my passion for education across the globe. Additionally I am a lover of coffee, books, and people, and can be found binge watching Grey’s Anatomy on any given weekend. I am crazy excited to be taking on this internship this semester, and hope to help the community as much as I learn from it.

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CSU lagoon, image by Colorado State University

CSU lagoon, image by Colorado State University

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students.

SPRING:

  • Publishing/Editorial Internships:
    • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
    • Writing/Editorial Internships (several positions), The Borgen Project (remote)

 

  • Educational Internships:
    • Adult ESL Teacher, Global Refugee Center (Greeley, CO)
    • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
    • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)

 

  • Non-Profit/Communications Internships:
    • Communications Intern (paid), CSU English Department
    • Learning and Organizational Development Intern, City of Fort Collins
    • Social Media and Communications Intern, Poudre River Library District (Ft. Collins)

 

Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu  for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

Winter lights in Old Town Fort Collins, image by Jill Salahub

  • John Calderazzo has accepted an invitation to join the Fort Collins Climate Action Plan communication team.  The City’s plan is widely regarded as among the strongest in the nation.This week, John conducted a story-telling workshop for CSU’s External Relations Team.  He also moderated part of a panel at the Foothills Unitarian Church on The Moral Imperative for Climate Action.
  • Tobi Jacobi’s essay, “‘A Tangle of Circumstance’: Life in the Early Years of the NYS Training School for Girls in Hudson,’ appears in the Fall 2015 issue of the Columbia County History & Heritage Magazine.
  • Barbara Sebek attended a conference on Appropriation in an Age of Global Shakespeare in Athens, Georgia.  She presented a paper, “Blurring Binaries in Frank McGuinness’s Mutabilitie (1997).”
  • A review of Dan Robinson’s novel, Death of a Century, in the Manhattan Book Review concluded with this admonition: “This is a book not to be missed.”
  • Mir-Yashar Seyedbagheri’s story, “The Next Step” (1721 words) has accepted for publication in the upcoming issue of Gravel Magazine.
  • Adam Mackie, English Education graduate and former composition instructor at Colorado State University, promised he’d stay in touch with the English Department at CSU. Adam recently has accepted a full-time English language arts position in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska. Starting in January 2016, Adam will teach classic mythology and American literature at West Anchorage High School. Adam also published a set of poems with BlazeVOX in Western New York that he’d like to share with everyone: http://blazevox.org/index.php/journal/

 

TONIGHT: Grand Opening – Wolverine Farm Publishing – come celebrate the new Letterpress & Publick House on from 8-11pm. Listen to the beautiful words of  Poet Laureate (and CSU alumna) Aby Kaupang and the fabulous sounds of Souvenir Thread.

 

Reminder: Deadline for Greyrock Review submissions is December 9th. Visit greyrockreview.colostate.edu to submit.

 

December 1st: Scholarship online application opens.  The application for all scholarships in the English department is online at www.ramweb.colostate.edu. Sign in using your eID and select the CSU Scholarship Application link.

 

Spring 2016 Internships Available!

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that the list is likely to grow with more opportunities, so stay tuned!

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SPRING:

  • Publishing/Editorial Internships:
    • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
    • Publishing Assistant Internship (2 positions), Bailiwick Press (Ft. Collins)
    • Publication Assistant, Wolverine Farm Publishing Co. & Bookstore (Ft. Collins)
    • Writing/Editorial Internships (several positions), The Borgen Project (remote)

 

  • Educational Internships:
    • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
    • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)
    • Adult ESL Teacher, Global Refugee Center (Greeley, CO)

 

  • Non-Profit/Communications Internships:
    • Social Media and Communications Intern, Poudre River Library District (Ft. Collins)
    • Communications Intern (paid), Otter Products (Ft. Collins, CO)

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Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu  for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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Justin Goodfellow
English Major (Creative Writing) with a Business Administration Minor
Graduated May 2012

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Why did you choose to study English at CSU?

I initially started out as a Business Major, but it was only in my English classes that I felt completely and wholly stimulated by everything I was engaged with. I think you have to devote yourself to that feeling when you are lucky enough to find it.


Where are you now? What are you doing?

I currently live in Brooklyn, NY, and I work at the world’s largest book publisher called Penguin Random House. Specifically, I am a Sales Manager for all of the Adult books on the Penguin side, and I work with independent bookstores located in metro New York. Before publishing, I spent 3 years working as a bookseller in Fort Collins’ own Old Firehouse Books.

How did your major prepare you for the work, the life you have now?

My English major was extremely important! Through the study of English, I learned to think critically, and I was introduced to a variety of different reading materials. Being well-read is hugely important for me since all of the booksellers and publishers I currently work with have a variety of tastes in the books they choose to read and work with.

Please share a favorite memory from your time with the English Department.

One of my very favorite memories was when the “A” Literary Journal (now Garden Level) had its publication party at Avogadros Number. I worked as an associate poetry editor, and seeing all of the people whose poems I worked on perform and pick up their copies of the journal was powerful for me. My colleagues and I worked on the journal throughout the course of a year, and to see its completion has always been one of my most valued experiences at CSU.

Was there a specific class, professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you, helped you, or inspired you when you were here?

Dan Beachy-Quick is the best professor I had during my undergraduate education. He is a brilliant individual, and his lessons helped shape the person I’ve become. Dan’s teaching style embodies patience and grace. I attribute him with helping me fully realize my love of language. If I could, I would still take classes with him now!

Tell us about the internship you did while at CSU.

I participated in two internships during CSU. I mentioned my experience as an associate poetry editor for “A” Literary Journal, so I’ll focus more on my time with Bailiwick Press. Karla Oceanak and Kendra Spanjer are the founders of the small press, and I was brought on as a publishing assistant for a semester. In this role, I primarily worked on the Aldo Zelnick series. Bailiwick was a great environment for learning about the publishing process because interns are allowed to work in several areas like editorial, marketing, digital production, and sales.

What did you learn from your internship experience? Did your internship impact where you are now?

I knew that I wanted to work in publishing, so Bailiwick helped me sort out which area of publishing was the best fit for me. I enjoyed how the internship gave me real world experience, but it also served as a sampler. For instance, I learned that I wasn’t particularly good at video production, but I had more aptitude for line-editing. Your skills (or lack of skills) can become much clearer when you put them to practice.

What advice do you have for other students doing an internship?

Take full advantage of your time in the internship! It is a safe space to experiment, learn, and explore. Internships allow us to get a real glimpse of English skills in use, and I would say go as far out of your comfort zone as you can. Those are the moments and the opportunities that help you grow.

Why is it important to study the Humanities?

Human culture is not only important in my mind, but absolutely vital. Within the Humanities are so many examples of human ambition, and it is worth our time to study all of them. It feels essential to learn about what we have accomplished throughout human existence, and I deeply believe that the Humanities strive to help us reach new places.


What advice do you have for CSU English Department students?

Your education is very much what you make of it, and if you are willing to put in the time, then CSU has multitudes of resources that will educate and support you! I would also urge you to engage with your community as well. Bookstores, libraries, theaters, schools—these are all places that are friends of the English major. It is largely clichéd that the English major has limited options in the job market, but that is simply not true. Your degree makes you relevant and useful in many places, fields, and companies. Don’t forget that!


What are your hobbies or special interests, what do you enjoy doing with your free time?

I’m always reading, but when I’m taking a break from the book world, I love to go on walks with my dog and listen to music. I also play guitar for fun these days, but I used to be in a band for many years. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of road biking like I used to do in Colorado, but it’s a bit more difficult to do it out here in New York City. And cooking!

Any other news you’d like to share with us?

Publishing is a challenging, but rewarding field to work in. The book world continues to evolve and adapt to meet the needs of readers every day, and trust me, printed books aren’t going away! If you have questions about the industry then ask the English Department to put you in touch with me. I’m happy to answer questions.


Interested in doing an internship? Check out the list of available internships for Fall 2015, and contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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image by Jill Salahub

image by Jill Salahub

Fall 2015 Internships Available!

Unless otherwise noted, the internships listed below are open to qualifying undergraduate and graduate students. Please note that the list is likely to grow with more opportunities, so stay tuned!

Publishing/Editorial Internships:

  • Editorial Interns, Bloomsbury Review (Denver, CO)
  • Publishing Assistant Internship (2 positions), Bailiwick Press (Ft. Collins)
  • Editorial Intern, Ruminate Magazine (Ft. Collins)
  • Internships (several positions), The Black Sheep (Ft. Collins, CSU)
  • Publication Assistant, Wolverine Farm Publishing Co. & Bookstore (Ft. Collins)
  • Writing/Editorial Internships (several positions), The Borgen Project (remote)

Educational Internships:

  • Grading Assistant, NCTE@CSU with Poudre High School (Ft. Collins)
  • Writing Coach and Grader, NCTE@CSU, Fort Collins High School (Ft. Collins)
  • Adult ESL Teacher, Global Refugee Center (Greeley, CO)

Non-Profit/Communications Internships:

  • Social Media and Communications Intern, Poudre River Library District (Ft. Collins)

 

Please contact Mary Hickey, English Department Internship Coordinator, at Mary.Hickey@colostate.edu for more information on these internships and how to apply.

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From Jill Salahub, English Department Communications Coordinator: “I am so happy to introduce the English Department’s Communications Intern for Fall 2015, Ashley Alfirevic. She was the recipient of the Donna Weyrick Memorial Scholarship this past spring. Just like the position description stated, she is a creative and enthusiastic CSU student with good communication and writing skills who is super excited to help us tell the story of the English Department. Some of the projects she is currently working on: profiles of faculty and students and alumni, articles about this semester’s reading series, Instagram and Twitter posts, and continuing our Humans of Eddy project.”


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From intern Ashley Alfirevic: “I’m excited to serve as this semester’s Communications Intern for the English Department. When I’m not roaming around Eddy, my free time usually consists of over-analyzing movies, knitting, or feeling nostalgic about my summer in Ireland.

Through CSU Education Abroad and a cooperating program called EUSA, I spent the summer copyediting and search engine optimizing an Irish web publication called the Dublin Globe. Living across the pond served both as a unique work experience and a wonderful opportunity take a whirlwind tour of Europe.

When Mary Hickey, the English Department Internship Coordinator, was de-briefing me on the necessary paperwork pre-trip, she mentioned that the English Department had an available position for the Communications Intern. My dual degrees English Literature and Communication Studies have fostered a love for telling people’s stories, so I immediately applied and accepted the subsequent job offer.

This semester, I want to help tell the narrative of the English Department through the blog and social media pages, bringing readers event coverage, interviews, and, of course, some flashy pictures of the new Eddy Hall. My goal is to keep students and faculty updated on department news in an engaging and intriguing fashion, and maybe gain some new followers in the process. The English Department is filled with such friendly and creative people, and I can’t wait to share their stories with you.”

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The end of the semester is typically a mix of relief, exhaustion, and joy. Students who have worked hard all semester long are looking forward to a break and some rest, giddy with the promise of summer. It is a bittersweet moment for many faculty because while they are looking forward to the same things, they also have amazing students who they might not see in class or even on campus again. I am feeling mostly sad today because I am having my final meeting with my interns. Marina Miller has been so much fun to work with, to get to know this semester. She is a hard worker who pays attention to detail and always, always does her best. Even when she had assignments that were outside of her interests, beyond her comfort zone, she completed them with enthusiasm, precision, and professionalism. She set a high standard for next semester’s incoming interns.

Marina is graduating this semester, making the move from student to alumni. I hope you will join me in wishing her all the best. She will be missed, but we are certain she is moving on to good things.

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What brought you to CSU?

In all honesty, I came to CSU because NYU rejected me. However, I stayed at CSU because of the people. We have some of the nicest people on this campus (crazy preachers who come to The Plaza excluded). I also really like the balance of social activities and athletics and academics here. We know that our sports teams are great and we support them, but at the end of the day we are a school where academics are more important.

What inspired you to pursue a degree in English, the Humanities?

Originally I decided to major in English because I wanted to go to law school. While law is something I am still considering, I am considering writing as a career even more so. My love for writing has only grown since being an English major at CSU.

What are you reading, writing?

I am currently reading Chose the Wrong Guy, Gave him the Wrong Finger by Beth Harbison. I am currently writing one of my last blog posts for my personal blog. I have loved blogging for the past four years but with graduation coming up, the blog has run its course at this point. I will continue to blog but it will be a different theme with different content of course and serve a different purpose.

Favorite book or author?

I read too many novels to choose just one favorite. The authors I like are Beth Harbison, Sophie Kinsella, Meg Cabot (not just The Princess Diaries, her grown up fiction too!) and Erin Duffy. I like fun reading and all these authors write fun, “girly” books that I can relate to.

Was there a specific class, professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you, helped you, or inspired you while at CSU?

So many teachers have helped and inspired me in these past four years. Kate Kiefer, Ellen Brinks (who finally taught me what a comma splice is), Carrie Lamanna, Sarah Sloane, Courtenay Daum (Political Science professor but still incredibly helpful) and of course Jill Salahub who said, “Thank God our plans don’t always work out” which is slowly becoming my mantra as I enter the real world.

How does it feel to be graduating? What are your plans?

Exciting, and absolutely terrifying. School has been such a huge part of my identity for so long that it’s a very strange feeling to just be finished with it. My plans are to take a week off and just sleep in and do whatever I want. And then I will probably get a job as a legal assistant to pay the bills while I try and find a writing job to support me.

What did you learn from your internship experience?

I learned the importance of proofreading, reading aloud and getting a second opinion on your writing. I also learned how to tailor your work to the audience that would most be interested in the topic, even if you are not necessarily a part of your audience.

What advice do you have for other students doing an internship?

Enjoy your internship and make the most of it. Yes, it looks good on a resume but there is more to it than that. If you pay attention and take the constructive criticism into consideration beyond just your writing (or whatever the task may be), it will make you a better writer and that will shine on and off your resume. And go to more events. Even if you don’t have to write about them, go for the experience and the networking.

Why is it important to study the Humanities?

I think studying the Humanities gives a broader base of knowledge than going right into STEM classes. People call me “well-read” now, which is I wouldn’t necessarily describe myself as but it is because of the Humanities classes I have taken. I wasn’t described in that way before I came to CSU. People will just ask me random questions now because they assume I know, and while most of the time I don’t know the answer, it does feel good to know that people think of me in that light.

What advice do you have for CSU English Department students?

Don’t get so bogged down on one text you can’t decipher or one class that you absolutely hate. When you can start to take classes that you are really interested in and you feel as though you will use the skills you’re learning in the real world, it will all work out. I hated my literary theory classes and I swore they were going to kill my GPA because I didn’t know what was going on, but I somehow got B’s in those classes and once I was finished with them, I got to take Writing Online and Writing and Style and I did amazing in those classes. Also, we all have at least one person in our lives that will either belittle the work we are doing or ask us what we are going to do with an English degree, instead of letting those negative comments get to you and make you question your decisions, use them as motivation.

When you aren’t in school or working, what do you do? What do you love? What are you obsessed with?

I love to bake. When I get really stressed out, I bake until I am able to calm down and handle the situation better. I also have a slight obsession with shoes so I go shoe shopping much more than I should.

Where can we expect to find you in five years?

In five years, I hope to be married and have one child. I know it sounds very stereotypical but I love kids and I want to make sure I have them in my life. However, I also want to have a successful career. At this point I can see two paths, one is writing – maybe I’ll get paid to blog at some point, who knows – and the other is law. Either way, where I end up will be a result of my English degree, and I know wherever I am will be fabulous!


Interested in this internship? We need two new interns for Fall 2015. Find out more: http://english.colostate.edu/news/english-department-communications-internship-submit-an-application/

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