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Lots of Possibilities for English Majors

July 19, 2017
Parker Hall

Written and spoken communication, creative thinking, critical analysis, hands-on internship experiences, the ability to imagine yourself in someone else’s shoes – the skills acquired in literature and writing classes are sought after by employers in all fields.

“Our Creative Writing Option/minor teaches imaginative thinking, communications skills, and excellence in writing,” says Jeff Friedman of the English Department faculty. “The skills and abilities students learn can be applied across a broad range of fields and endeavors. What could be more valuable in today’s constantly changing job market?”

Here’s a glimpse at what some Keene State graduates are doing with their English degrees:

Stephanie Krasco ’15 is sales and marketing operations coordinator at Financial Architects Partners, Boston.

Jocelyn Lovering ’15 is editorial assistant at Bauhan Publishing, an independent book publisher in Peterborough, New Hampshire

Christine (O’Brien) DiPirro ’08 is quality assurance manager at GYK Antler, a marketing agency in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Sarah Comeau ’14 is brand sales consultant at Essilor Vision, an international supplier of eyewear products.

Allison Shufelt ’11 is an editor at GEX Inc., an educational publisher in Atkinson, New Hampshire.

Brittany (Wilson) Hemingway ’10 is content editor at Tantor Media, an audiobook publisher in Old Saybrook, Connecticut.

Kenzie Travers ’14, a journalism major and writing minor, is an editorial assistant at the Harvard Business Review in Boston.

Jess Lulka ’13 is associate editor at Skyword Inc., a marketing and advertising firm in Boston.

Kelly Bishop ’14 is brand manager at Mary Ann Liebert Publishing in New Rochelle, New York.

Kelly Decerbo ’15 is a social media/marketing specialist at Fishbowl Analytics, a Washington, DC, firm that works with restaurants.

Others have gone on to prestigious Master of Fine Arts writing programs, thanks to their studies in creative writing at Keene State. Here are just a few:

Chelsea Harris ’14 just completed an MFA at Columbia College, Chicago.

Jahleh Ghanbari ’08 is attending the San Diego State University MFA Program in Writing on a full fellowship.

Martin Hansen-Verma ’10 has an MFA from Emerson College in Boston, which he attended on a full fellowship. He is now assistant manager of online education at UMass Boston.

Sara Lefsyk ’05 earned an MFA from New England College. She has published two poetry chapbooks, and her first full-length collection is due out in 2018.

Kevin White ’05 earned an MFA from New England College and then went on to advanced studies in psychology. He is a school psychologist in Rutland, Vermont.

Mary Benson ’11 has an MFA from Lesley University in Boston. Her poems have appeared in journals including Fried Chicken and Coffee and Contemporary American Voices.

Still others have gone on to English master’s programs:

Arline Votruba ’15 is working on a master’s in rhetoric, composition, and professional communication at Iowa State University.

Nicole Carrobis ’14 is in the rhetoric and composition master’s program at Boise State University.