English Major Alumni

The phrase HOYA SAXA - translated from both Latin and Greek to "What Rocks!" - can not only bring back a flood of memories about time spent at Georgetown University, but also describe the diverse and distinguished careers many of our English major alumni have gone on to pursue: teaching with AmeriCorps, attending medical or law school, pursuing international careers in business and education, or working on the Late Show with Seth Meyers and ESPN!

We've grouped our alumni by industry/field here for your ease, but note that many of them, if not all, work across two or more of these categories, reflecting the dynamic and interdisciplinary nature of the AB English program.

If you are an alum of the program and would like to share your professional accomplishments with us please fill out this short survey, or if you would like to connect with others in your field, please contact Academic Administrator, Ms. Jessica Marr. Current students should also be in touch if they're interested in making professional connections with alumni of the AB English program.

ALUMNI SHOWCASE

MA & PhD STUDENTS

Mary Kate HolmanMARY KATE HOLMAN, AB '11

PhD Student, Theology | Fordham University | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
I worked for a year as the administrative assistant for Georgetown's Classics Department, and then attended Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, where I earned a Master's of Theological Studies in 2014.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I'm a second-year doctoral student in theology, so I'm in my last year of coursework and I serve as a Teaching Assistant for an undergraduate course each semester. I use the writing and close reading skills from my English degree every day in my research and teaching.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My all-time favorite English class at Georgetown was Professor Pfordresher's course on Charles Dickens. Dickens is my absolute favorite author, and Pfordresher was such a kind and devoted professor who clearly enjoyed the material as much as I did. It was fascinating to explore not only the literary merits of Dickens' novels, but also the social injustices he sought to expose.


Dorian KillianDORIA KILLIAN, AB '11

PhD Student, German | Georgetown Univeristy | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
Worked at a preschool for two years, taught English in Germany on a Fulbright.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I'm now in my second year of a five year PhD program in the German Department. My English degree has certainly helped me with my ability to analyze literature and other texts, which is a huge part of my current career as a grad student studying German culture and literature.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Probably Beckett, Borges, and Nabokov. It introduced me to postmodernist literature and narratology and challenged many of my preconceived notions about the world.


Sasha PanaramSASHA PANARAM, AB '13

PhD Student, English | Duke University | Durham, NC

What did you do after graduation?
After I graduated from Georgetown, I started a doctoral program in English at Duke University.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a third-year English Ph.D. student at Duke University where I work on twentieth century black diasporic literature. Pursuing an English degree at Georgetown meant that I was exposed to a wide range of topics within the field of English, and given multiple opportunities to write and think critically. My Georgetown English professors always challenged me to both distill my ideas concisely and think creatively as well as analytically. I am certain that this type of training enabled me to confidently enter a Ph.D. program directly upon graduating from Georgetown.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
It's hard to pick just one favorite English class from Georgetown. Truthfully, I immensely enjoyed all of the classes that I took in the English department. My favorite classes included Angelyn Mitchell's "Reading Toni Morrison" and Brian Hochman's "Reading Invisible Man." Professor Mitchell's class exposed me to Toni Morrison's rich oeuvre and challenged me to think about the historical circumstances surrounding the publication of each of Morrison's novels. Never had I studied one author so thoroughly prior to Professor Mitchell's course. Professor Hochman's course on Invisible Man provided me with the opportunity to read Ralph Ellison for the first time. Exposure to Invisible Man made me deeply interested in Ellison's contemporaries like Richard Wright and James Baldwin. After taking this course with Professor Hochman, I wrote my thesis on notions of the underground as presented in the works of Ralph Ellison and Richard Wright. Critical to my thesis was the research I conducted in the Ralph Ellison archive at the Library of Congress. I would have never conducted such research if Professor Hochman hadn't encouraged me to do so. I encountered both Professor Mitchell and Professor Hochman during my last two years at Georgetown. Their mentorship and guidance greatly informed my decision to attend graduate school and specialize in black diasporic literature.

EDUCATORS & ADMINISTRATORS

Liz AbelloLiz Abello, ab '14

Employer Recruiting Strategist | Northwestern University | Chicago, IL

What did you do after graduation?
After graduation, I worked at Northwestern University's Alumni Association. As a Program Assistant for their Alumni Engagement team, I connected current students with alumni and helped to host educational and social events for alumni.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am an Employer Recruiting Strategist at Northwestern University; I work with consulting firms and arts and cultural organizations to recruit undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate students. Through my English degree, I learned how to organize and articulate my thoughts in a convincing way. When I work with companies to create recruiting strategies, they appreciate my ability to accurately state their recruiting needs and provide evidence-supported suggestions for how to better connect with Northwestern students.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite English classes were with Professor Ward Tietz because I was exposed to and learned to appreciate a new genre of art and literature.


Andrew BlakeANDREW BLAKE, AB '13

Recruitment Director | AIC Education | Shenzhen, Guangdong, China

What did you do after graduation?
Shortly after graduating, I moved to Shenzhen China to work for a study abroad company, AIC Education, that teaches college-level writing to Chinese high school students. These students, for the most part, intend to enroll in colleges and universities in the US and so I also serve to mentor and guide them in making academic or career-related decisions.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[I am a] Recruitment Director, Education Consultant. In addition to working directly with high school students, I also hold a position in HR to help recruit new graduates from universities across the US. My English degree was incredibly helpful in establishing myself as a confident writer and writing instructor, as well as helping me to develop.


Joan GreveJOAN GREVE, AB '15

Assistante Étrangère de Langue | Teaching Assistant Program, French Embassy | Mâcon, France

What did you do after graduation?
I became an English teaching assistant to primary school children in eastern France.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am an assistante étrangère de langue for the Teaching Assistant Program in France, housed within the French Embassy. My experience as a Writing Center tutor, as well as my Writing Center tutor class, has been very helpful as I explore the different tactics necessary to explain the complexities of the English language to many eager French eight-year-olds.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I took an amazing course on the life and work of F. Scott Fitzgerald my senior year with Professor Maureen Corrigan. Besides exposing us to more of Fitzgerald's beautiful writing, the class allowed me to think more deeply about what it means to be American (in all its majesty and mayhem) and how that identity was shaped by writers like Fitzgerald and, indeed, by Fitzgerald himself.


Mya JonesMYA JONES, AB '11

Administrative Manager | The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) | Baltimore, MD

What did you do after graduation?
After graduation I became a paralegal at a foreclosure law firm in Baltimore, Maryland. I worked there for two years and then decided I no longer wanted to be in the foreclosure field. However, during my time at the law firm my English degree helped me tremendously with drafting legal documents and correspondence with the courts, as well as research and reading.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am the administrative manager for the education department at the NFB. I coordinate youth programs for blind students. I also spend time in the organization's advocacy and policy department. I spend a good amount of my time proofreading, writing e-magazine articles, drafting correspondence to outside organizations and even Congress! My English degree has helped me develop my critical writing skills. Words on paper are never enough: they need to actually speak to and grab hold of an audience.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I absolutely loved my creative writing classes with Jennifer Fink! She helped me expand my writing skills in such a way that allowed me to become not only open verbally, but on paper as well. I learned that no matter the venue you're writing for everything doesn't have to be so formal. Also, Leona Fisher was a great mentor to me. She was tough! But, my writing greatly improved because of her.


Christina MallietCHRISTINA MALLIET, AB '12

Missionary Team Leader | NET Ministries | Grapevine, TX

What did you do after graduation?
First, I worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL, as a retail manager. I then backpacked through Europe. Next, I returned to Grad School in St. Paul, MN, at the University of St. Thomas, to pursue an MA in Catholic Studies. I am currently a missionary with NET Ministries.

What is your job/position title? Describe your role and how your English degree has helped you.
Missionary Team Leader - NET Ministries Team 14, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish in Grapevine, TX. My English degree helped me to think critically and organize my thoughts to be a good team leader. It also helped me pursue my Master's degree by preparing me for graduate-level study and work, which enhanced my faith life and called me to be a missionary.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite courses were all taught by Professor John Pfordresher. I took two courses with him at the Villa in Fiesole, Italy; they were a combination of creative writing and novels on Italian culture. They helped me to engage better with different cultures and backgrounds, as well as encouraging me to balance a creative mindset with an academic one.


Alanna McAuleyALANNA McAULEY, AB '13 

Administrative Assistant | University of Washington, Office of University Advancement | Seattle, WA

What did you do after graduation?
I knew I wanted to move to Seattle, but I didn't graduate with a job. I moved home to Houston for the summer to figure out a plan to get there. During that time I went on vacation in Europe, worked part-time at a church, studied for the GRE, and made plans to move west. At the beginning of November, I picked up and moved to Seattle, landed a job within a week, and haven't looked back!

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am the Administrative Assistant to the Sr. Associate VP and VP for Advancement. I do a lot of scheduling, project and program coordination, and event planning, as well as budget reconciliation and other finance stuff.

My degree has helped me in a lot of ways that seem trivial, but when taken together, they end up being quite important. I can write clearly and concisely. I can express my ideas articulately, form coherent and cohesive arguments, and support my points with facts. I can have reasonable, courteous debates with people I may or may not agree with. I can put together a presentation that is well researched and easy to follow. Because I can quickly and easily read, analyze, and synthesize large amounts of information, I can brief my boss on complex issues as they are unfolding or pull together reports about programs. Finally, I am well-read and have a broad cultural understanding that contributes to my overall professional "polish"--a quality that is not to be underestimated when your boss reports to the president of the premier university in the PNW!

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I don't think I ever actually disliked a single one of my English classes. A few were not what I was expecting, or I dreaded them before the semester started but ended up getting a lot out of them. Overall, my experience really was great.

If I had to pick just one, my favorite class was probably Dickens with Professor Pfordresher. I had never read Dickens before taking that course, and I was not excited about it. However, Professor Pfordresher's love for Dickens and literature more broadly is just so apparent that you couldn't help letting it sweep you up too. I felt like we really got to explore Dickens' novels deeply, and I felt equipped to carry on reading, analyzing, pondering, and enjoying Dickens (and other literature!) after that course. We also had several different types of essays in that course--shorter papers that were focused on either criticism, historical context, or reflection. All of these were important to me, and while I Professor Pfordresher wasn't as hard of a grader as I think he could have been, I also think that the exercise was enough for me to learn and take away something valuable.

Furthermore, the essays I wrote in Dickens class were actually what got me thinking about librarianship as a career--and Professor Pfordresher set me up with the informational interview that made librarianship seem like a real career possibility for me. Fast forward two years, and I am enrolled in the first quarter of my MLIS program, and I'm well on my way to a library career!


Students in this field have gone on to work/study in cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Raleigh, NC.

FILMMAKING & ENTERTAINMENT

JP AbelloJP ABELLO, AB '07

Director of Programming | Viacom, Nickelodeon | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
I had interned throughout my senior year at CNN's DC bureau on various beats, thinking I wanted to pursue a career in broadcast journalism. Upon graduation I had secured a full-time position at CNN, working as a News Assistant and Weekend Package/Field producer. It was a stressful, time-consuming job at that age, but it helped me realize what I really wanted to do with my life--which was NOT work in 24-hr cable news!

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I work at Viacom, specifically, Nickelodeon [and my title is] Director of Programming. I oversee all Preschool Programming, so Nick Jr. An English degree is so versatile in and out of the television industry. Knowing how to communicate effectively (and correctly) will help you in any job!

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
[My] Intro to Media Studies class [... The professor] introduced topics like cultural appropriation, the concept of simulacra, as well as the societal effects of the iPod (no iPhone yet back in those days of Fall 06!) and cellphones. I still talk about that class today.


Michael EhingerMICHAEL EHINGER, AB '10

Product Manager | FanDuel | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
After graduating I took a few months off to pursue a technology project, and then eventually found my career in creating digital products. Starting in the digital ad agency world at mcgarrybowen, I produced marketing websites for Verizon. From there I moved to DigitasLbi helping to create digital products for American Express, and then finally to FanDuel to help build the best Fantasy Sports product in the world.

What is your job/position title? Describe your role and how your English degree has helped you.
As a Product Manager you find yourself interacting with many different departments, from engineering to design to finance, each having their own needs and wants. I believe that being an English major fostered my ability to synthesize an array of different inputs to form well thought out and organized decisions. Further, the English major gave me the tools to vocalize and champion these decisions, helping me lead teams by influence, one of the most important skills in product management.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I took many classes with Joseph Fruscione that I routinely look back on fondly, but one class that really impacted me was screenwriting 101 with Professor Glavin. The way he had us scrutinizing the plots of films taught me an endless amount about how to organize thoughts and craft stories, no matter the medium, be it a screenplay, essay, or email. His raw unfiltered comments on assignments were also a taste of the real world! To this day I still watch movies through that analytical lens.


Stephanie SnowdenStephanie Snowden, ab '11

Project Manager | ESPN | Los Angeles, CA

What did you do after graduation?
I took 6 months off to take video editing classes and did some freelance on-camera work. I then got a production assistant job at ESPN. I have been in media since I graduated from Georgetown.

What is your job/position title? Describe your role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a project manager at ESPN for the Original Content group. I function as a hybrid coordinator/producer. My strong writing background certainly helps the production aspects of my job. I place great value on my study of literature in regards to my communication skills.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite classes were Professor Pfordresher's Charles Dickens class and all of Professor Gewanter's poetry classes. Michael Collins' British Theater since 1950 course was certainly the most fun I had in a classroom.

LAW & LEGAL

Beatriz AlbornozBEATRIZ ALBORNOZ, AB '14

Litigation Legal Assistant | Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
I started working as a litigation legal assistant at Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP in Washington, D.C.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a litigation legal assistant, meaning I work directly with attorneys at the firm to manage a case load of roughly 5 different cases at a time. Management of the cases entails review and preparation of documents for use at court appearances, depositions, and court filings, proofreading of letters and submissions, assistance formatting and cite-checking briefs, and organization of files via document management systems and tracking logs. My English degree has directly informed the way I communicate with attorneys, other colleagues, clients, and outside counsel; as communication is the centermost aspect of any legal work, my experience as an English major has allowed me to read comprehensively, write succinctly, formulate ideas carefully, and attune myself to loopholes in arguments (grammar goes a long way too!).

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
A course with Professor Wayne Knoll on Faulkner, where I learned how the text is a medium for our most basic human desire: to belong somewhere.


Anthony BejaranoAnthony Bejarano, AB '99

Assistant General Counsel | Los Angeles Unified School District | Los Angeles, CA

What did you do after graduation?
I went to law school. Upon completion, I went back to my hometown of Baldwin Park and began practicing law and getting involved in local politics. I served on the planning commission before being elected to the City Council. I juggled both a full time legal career and the elected official duties until 2010 and then put my full focus into the practice of law.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am part of a nine lawyer team that handles 90% of the District's employment litigation, as well as all advice and counsel work. With 60,000+ employees, we are very busy. A lawyers primary weapon is writing. Being able to effectively convey complex ideas and concepts both to others in the legal field and non-lawyer clients is a crucial skill. Honing your ability to write also can help you become a more effective public speaker.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Favorite is so difficult, I'd have to go with the class that "turned me" into an English Major: Persuasive Writing with the illustrious Professor Patricia O'Connor (retired). Professor O'Connor taught us how to deconstruct, and then construct a cogent written argument. She showed us the importance of some tactics, and the danger of over reliance on others.


Christina CostaCHRISTINA COSTA, AB '13

Law Student | Georgetown University, Law | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
I traveled around Europe and then began my first year at Georgetown Law!

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am currently a third year law student. There is a ton of reading and writing in law school, and my English degree definitely prepared me for legal writing and analytical thinking.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I really enjoyed Shakespeare with Professor Michael Collins and Gothic American Fiction with Professor Niles Tomlinson. Both professors encouraged analytical thinking and had high standards for writing, which I very much valued when I got to law school!


Emily ManbeckEMILY MANBECK, AB '15

Law Student | Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary | Williamsburg, VA

What did you do after graduation?
After graduating, I enrolled at William and Mary Law School. My classes started in late August, and so far, I'm enjoying the work and environment. Over the summer, I interned for a third time at the American Bar Association in its Standing Committee on Law an National Security. I helped with writing and researching for many informational packets, which were later sent to and revised by the Department of Defense. Additionally, I revised older sections and wrote new portions of an ABA publication that is to be published in about two years. In August, my family went on a literary tour of England. We hit the "hot spots" of all of my favorite authors: Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen... It was surreal!

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I'm a law student. Legal writing is very different from English analytical writing because it requires you be as brief as possible. Not to say that my professors didn't stress brevity in essays, but it's an entirely different context in law school. The analytical and critical reading skills from my English [background] are entirely helpful in writing about particular laws and cases; I just have to stop myself from using the beautiful vocabulary, phrasing, and explanations from my thesis in my legal memos.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
First of all, Shakespeare is my favorite author, and Professor Collins is just my favorite professor. I loved this class in particular because it pushed me to look at Shakespeare's work as it was originally written—for the stage. It really started my exploration into theatrical literature.


Daniel RaccuiaDANIEL RACCUIA, AB '08

Litigation Associate | Day Pitney, LLP | Hartford, CT

What did you do after graduation?
[I e]nrolled at Vanderbilt Law School.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a litigation associate at a regional law firm. A significant portion of my workload involves drafting and editing memoranda and briefs. Being able to write clearly is imperative.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
The Shakespeare class I took with Professor Collins. We approached the plays from both a literary and theatrical perspective, which enhanced my understanding of the works by providing additional context.


Alex SchankALEX SCHANK, AB '04

Attorney Advisor | Department of Justice, NYC Immigration Court | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
Conducted research on national narratives and textbooks as a Fulbright Fellow in Amman, Jordan. Returned to Georgetown to complete my Master of Arts in Arab Studies (MAAS) and Juris Doctor (JD).

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you. 
I am an attorney advisor at the New York City Immigration Court. My English degree from Georgetown gave me invaluable writing skills I use daily drafting decisions for Immigration Judges. I recall honing my writing and critical reading in classes on Shakespeare, Faulkner, and short stories at Georgetown. Clear, concise, and creative writing remains a challenge for me with every decision or law review article I write, but it is a task I feel prepared to tackle in large part due to my education at Georgetown.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite English classes were New York Stories and 17th Century Literature with Dr. Maureen Corrigan. I learned from Dr. Corrigan how to focus my writing and complete my assignments efficiently. I also learned how to branch out and enjoy literature I was less familiar with. I took Dr. Corrigan's 17th Century Literature class because it was a requirement for my English major. I loved her teaching so much that I decided to take her course on New York Stories -- a subject I would normally not explore. The modern prose and focus on the beauty and perils of urbanization captivated me. Today I live in New York City and appreciate that professors at Georgetown like Dr. Corrigan pushed me to pursue a wide range of interests and become a better writer.


Robert TuckerROBERT TUCKER, AB '06

Attorney | Robison, Curphey & O'Connell, LLC | Toledo, OH

What did you do after graduation?
I went to law school directly after graduation. After graduating law school in 2009, I clerked for two federal judges and now practice civil litigation at a mid-sized law firm in Toledo, Ohio.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
Attorney. I use my English degree every day. I spend most days at my desk reading critically and writing briefs and pleadings to be filed in court.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
To pick one is difficult. If I had to pick one, I would choose either the class on Eliot's Wasteland or Faulkner, both taught by Wayne Knoll. Both courses taught me how to be a better human living in the world - about "the human heart in conflict with itself" - in addition to the formal topics listed on the syllabus.


Melissa PaquetteMELISSA PAQUETTE, AB '08

Attorney | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
I went to law school and currently work as an attorney at a non-profit where I represent victims of domestic violence.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite English Class was "Beckett, Borges, and Nabokov". This class encouraged me to grapple with more challenging texts and introduced me to authors who I still count among my favorite writers.


Students in this field have gone on to work/study in cities like Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Cambridge, MA, and Portland, OR.

BUSINESS & CONSULTING

Victoria FosdalVICTORIA FOSDAL, AB '10

Account Executive | GMMB | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
After graduation, I joined Teach for America- Charlotte as a 2010 Corp member. I taught 9th and 12th grade ESL and English Language Arts. After TFA, I earned my MSEd in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania and my MA in Strategic Communications from UNC Chapel Hill.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am an account executive on our education team. I provide strategic counsel and communications support for clients working on k-16 education issues. A large component of my work involves writing. Having a strong background in analytical writing provided an excellent foundation.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
It's hard to pick a favorite, but I loved Prof. Corrigan's NY Stories class because it took a unique lens to exploring the literary history of New York. I also greatly enjoyed Dr. Rubin's class on Modernism, which inspired my honors thesis, and Dr. Debelius' class that worked with the writing center. The editing skills I learned in her class were incredibly valuable when I began my work as a teacher.


Matthew HoytMATTHEW HOYT, AB '12

Customer Data Scientist | AEP Energy | Columbus, OH

What did you do after graduation?
I worked as a project manager and analyst at TargetPoint Consulting, a market research firm that mostly worked for energy sector and political clients and specialized in large-scale data analytics.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a Customer Data Scientist. I like to think of my role as a translator; I can interpret, understand and extrapolate raw numbers and statistics into insight about a number of different things. My English degree, more than anything else, trained me how to think in an interdisciplinary way about people, problems, and policy. It also helped me become a better writer in a domain where ability to communicate is a premium skill.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Liberal Arts Seminar with Patrick O'Malley, where we covered the whole of 19th Century English literature from the Victorians to the Romantics and the early Modernists. It was an incredible tour of intellectual history led by an able guide and oriented to showing us the the greatest literary and intellectual achievements from the time period. I took this class during the first semester of my Freshman year and it changed the way I thought about reading, writing, and learning.


Michael KrischMICHAEL KRISCH, AB '09

Deputy Director | Brown Institute for Media Innovation | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
Following graduation, I went to graduate school for journalism.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I currently serve as the Deputy Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. We are a bicoastal research institute housed both at Stanford Engineering and Columbia Journalism School. Our mission is simple: sponsor thinking, building and speculating on how stories are discovered and told in a networked, digitized world. As Deputy Director, I manage roughly 700k in grant funding every year, while also conducting my own research.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite english class was Pop Culture with Professor Edward Ingebretsen. The essays he assigned were timely and timeless, and the progression of the class helped shape how I approached all other facets of academia while at Georgetown.


Ben SlingerlandBEN SLINGERLAND, AB '11

Director of the Agent Network | Third Channel | Boston, MA
College Scouting Director | Student-Athlete Showcase | Beverly, MA

What did you do after graduation?
After getting my BA in English from Georgetown in 2011, I got my Masters in Sports Management from Georgetown's School of Continuing Studies while I took my 5th year of eligibility on the Geogetown Men's Soccer Team. Upon graduating with my Master's Degree in May 2012, I went down to Bradenton, FL to work at IMG Academy in Sports Business.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am the Director of the Agent Network at ThirdChannel. I handle the management of lots of recruiting activity and so my ability to be organized, manage my time, and communicate effectively are all extremely important.

In my position as a College Scouting Director at Student-Athlete Showcase I sell our services to student-athlete high school students and their parents. Again, I have to communicate effectively and be persuasive.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
"Intro to Journalism" - I enjoyed this class because it was based almost like a creative writing class where we were able to write about things we were genuinely interested in while combining out writing skills. In this class I learned how to capture the attention of my audience efficiently as possible.


Vonetta YoungVONETTA YOUNG, AB '07

Investment Associate | Abbott Capital Management, LLC | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
I did media relations for the journal Science for a year, then went to a communications consulting firm. After [...] that job, I went to a large investment consulting firm called Cambridge Associates, where I edited research papers. Then I pursued an MBA in finance.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
In my role, I perform quantitative and qualitative due diligence on private equity and venture capital funds. I look at their returns and other numbers, but I focus a lot on the qualifications of the team that is investing in companies. My English degree has helped me be the best writer at my firm. (I may or may not be exaggerating. I'll let you decide.) I write investment memos that are up to ten pages long, and these memos help our 18-person team decide where to allocate millions of our clients' dollars. Focusing on literature also enhanced my interpersonal skills, which is invaluable in this, the "people side" of finance.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite English class was Short Fiction Writing with Jennifer Fink. The class basically changed my life. I learned to take care, in my own writing, to avoid clichés, and how to keep a reader's attention. I learned that good "literary" stories are driven by character: complex souls that unfold and unfold and unfold on the page. During that class, I decided that I would write a literary novel. I haven't written it yet, but I pay so much more attention to the world, and characters, around me in preparation.


Students in this field have gone on to work/study in cities like New York City, Washington, D.C., and Dublin, Ireland.

MEDICINE, HEALTHCARE & SOCIAL SERVICES

Christina BalzCHRISTINA BALZ, AB '07

Nurse, Kids Mobile Medical Clinic | Medstar Georgetown University Hospital | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
Right after graduation, I served in Americorps teaching HIV prevention information in DCPS. I continued in public health for the subsequent three years and worked at a youth-serving organization that focused on HIV prevention, treatment, and outreach. There, I oversaw all the HIV-related health education in DCPS and charter schools, including curriculum, facilitation, and training--it was an amazing job that I loved! After all that time in health education, I decided to go back to school to become a nurse.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
Although I don't work in a field that a lot of people would recognize as connected to my work in the English department as an undergrad, I use the skills I learned as an English major every day! Practically, I am so thankful that I have the ability to read and write critically-- it is a skill that can never be taken for granted. More broadly, I apply directly the lessons I learned through all those "close reads" of both novels and theory articles. Most of my patients fall into any number of under-resourced populations, and the lessons I learned from English classes focusing on the historically marginalized and underserved have been incredible resources to me in understanding the challenges my patients face in accessing healthcare and maintaining wellness. If nothing else, I am glad I was an English major because I could churn out a 10-12 page research paper in my sleep while my nursing-school classmates who had been science majors in undergrad whined and struggled.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
How can I choose? Lori Merish's "19th Century American Lit and the American Dream" will always stay with me-- I have never had a professor so able to tease out common themes and create a class that was both true to the course title and expandable to global themes. I took that course the fall of my senior year and just remember thinking to myself while writing that final paper in the doldrums of Lauinger that this was truly an assignment that required the congress of every class I had taken as an undergraduate. She was amazing. I also can't leave out Louise Bernard's "Contemporary African American Literature" and Dennis Williams' "Intro to Fiction Writing"-- they were both unendingly patient professors who challenged students to engage work more critically than we thought we could. Oh and of course Suzanne Del Gizzo's gateway course-- my first English class at Georgetown on Feminism and Modernism. My list goes on!


Leigh FinneganLEIGH FINNEGAN, AB '13

Medical Student | Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania | Philadelphia, PA

What did you do after graduation?
I worked at the National Institutes of Health for two years.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Dr. Mudan's Shakespearian Tragedy class. I learned about plays I'd never have read, about the different ways in which performance and stage direction can change the meaning of a scene.


Vince HennebergVINCE HENNEBERG, AB '12

Graduate Student | University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration | Chicago, IL

What did you do after graduation?
One year fellowship with Urban Prep Charter Academy in Chicago. I mentored and taught an advisory group of 27 freshmen at an all male high school in Englewood, Chicago. I continued teaching English there for the two years following the fellowship.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As a g]raduate student I've definitely benefited from all the reading and paper writing I did as an undergraduate. Life is definitely harder after college, but as far as my experience two months in, the academic work is easier.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Narratives of Travel with Dennis Todd, as well as any of the courses Michael Collins taught. Narratives of Travel changed the lens through which I see the world in regards to oppression and post-colonialism. Michael Collins British Theater (among other classes) helped me make sense of my identity as an Irish American.


Amy Reavis VolzAMY (REAVIS) VOLZ, AB '14

Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services | Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse | Pullman, WA

What did you do after graduation?
I began working for a non-profit organization in Washington State that advocates for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. I started out as their violence prevention educator and have since been promoted to be the Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services, which includes managing our emergency shelter.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As] Coordinator of Domestic Violence Services[, m]y English degree has been critical in my field. I would say the oral communication I learned in small English seminars at Georgetown has been the most important skill for me. I am constantly tasked with communicating my ideas to a wide variety of people -- and the way we use our words (delicately and intentionally) can help victims of violence start their healing journey. It can also help to educate the community about the issue of gender- and power-based violence. I also use my written communication skills to help survivors file for protection orders, dissolutions, and parenting plans.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Keats & Byron with Professor Wu -- never have I agonized over writing such short papers. I learned that word economy is difficult, but also powerful. Professor Wu taught me how to always have my critical essays backed up by actual textual evidence in the poems we read. We were never just "pulling ideas from nowhere." We were reading poems and drawing conclusions from the words themselves. It was a beautiful class.


Students in this field have gone on to work/study in cities like Baltimore, MD.

MULTIMEDIA & COMMUNICATION PROFESSIONALS

Christopher BrowneCHRISTOPHER BROWNE, AB '13

Communications Coordinator | MLB, Washington Nationals | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
After graduation I chose to pursue a career in sports. With this in mind I earned a master’s degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown’s School of Continuing Studies in summer 2014. While enrolled in that program, I interned for Monumental Sports & Entertainment in their corporate communications department and then acted as the business operations intern for Capital Sports Ventures.

After obtaining my master’s degree I did content creation for an athletics website company called BigTeams, located in McLean, VA. After a year with BigTeams I received an offer for my dream job, working in the communications department for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals. I’ve been working there since August 2015 and have loved every minute of it!

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I currently work as the Communications Coordinator for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. In this role I have a hand in both corporate communications and baseball communications. My main responsibilities include monitoring the media coverage of the team, building relationships with reporters and creating media pitches and pitching stories to garner coverage for the team.

My English degree has certainly helped prepare me for my current role. First of all, being able to write effectively is a skill that will never lose its value. Thanks to my Georgetown English degree, I feel that I have high-level verbal and written communication skills, which are needed in every workplace. In addition majoring in English helped refine my critical thinking abilities and has enhanced my attention to detail.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I took several amazing courses in the English Department at Georgetown, however my favorites were the classes taught by Professor Rebecca Boylan. Honestly I took too many of her classes to pick a single favorite. In her classes I gained a greater appreciation for how a literary text reflects the time period in which it was written. I also improved my critical thinking skills and my ability to read and write analytically. Not only was Professor Boylan energetic and engaged in class, but she was equally committed to helping her students outside of the classroom. For these reasons her classes stick out in my mind.


Alexandra BuckALEXANDRA BUCK, AB '14

Communications Associate | The American College of Cardiology | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
After graduating, I was a Public Affairs Intern at the Portland Cement Association for 3 months. Then I took a full time, benefited position at the American College of Cardiology, working as a Communications Associate.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
My position title is Communications Associate on the News/Publications team. I write news stories and profile articles, create electronic newsletters, and manage our social media pages. My English degree helped me to write clearly and succinctly, and to use language creatively--both of which are skills I use daily in my position.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite English class was Professor Ebenbach's fiction writing course, where I learned to view literature from a writer's perspective and create creative pieces of my own.


Lillian CowlesLILLIAN COWLES, AB '13

Underwriter | Argo Group | Chicago, IL

What did you do after graduation?
I joined a graduate training program for a commercial insurance company. I lived in NYC, Irvine (CA), and Chicago. I learned about different lines of insurance and how it exactly works. After my program, I remained with the company and am currently an underwriter for general liability insurance.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am an Underwriter I. I review commercial insurance applications for specialty businesses to determine if we should offer an insurance quote to them. My English degree has helped me tremendously with my communication skills. I have to speak with a variety of people in many different ways. Being able to clearly communicate my thoughts is important to continue fluid business practices.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
I took a variety of English classes and enjoyed all of them, but I think I'd have to narrow my favorite class to Michael Collins' Shakespeare class. Of course, I had read many Shakespeare plays prior to his class, but he taught us that there can be an infinite amount of ways to read and perform Shakespeare. One person will read one line differently than another. I learned that communicating your opinion/thoughts/etc. can be incredibly difficult since one person may read your e-mail completely differently than you had intended.


Lindsay CrouchLINDSAY CROUCH, AB '12

Senior Development Associate | Georgetown Univeristy, Athletic Development | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
Shortly after graduation I took a job in Georgetown's Office of Advancement working in their athletic development office.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am currently the Senior Development Associate for Athletics. The role involves assisting front line fundraisers, donor research, event planning, and gift stewardship. Being an English major at Georgetown helped me to hone my voice as well as learn how to effectively communicate in writing. I consistently write for this job in varying tasks- briefings, documents for donors, and various correspondences. My degree from Georgetown helped me gain confidence in not only my ability to write but also my ability to be an effective communicator.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite class at Georgetown was with Dr. Knoll and examined the works of Faulkner. It was interesting to look at an author's works in a larger context in terms of things like social and political commentary. Faulkner is my favorite author and I really enjoyed taking a deeper look and really digging into overarching themes and his larger literary messages.


Lauren D'SouzaLAUREN D'SOUZA, AB '13

Founder & CEO | sqribbly | Columbus, OH

What did you do after graduation?
I started out with Teach for America, then joined the startup world in Columbus, OH. I worked for the marketing department of Rev1 Ventures (a venture development organization), before branching off on my own to start a marketing firm specializing in early-stage technology startups and investment firms.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
Founder & CEO - In my current job, I work with over a dozen startups and investment firms, each with a different business model, target audience, and value proposition. It's a lot to keep track of day-in and day-out, and on top of that, most of my clients have a technical background and don't really know how to articulate their companies' features and benefits. My English major has served me well because it helps me navigate the middle ground between my clients' value propositions and their prospective customers' expectations.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
In terms of content, my favorite class was Dr. Shinn's Postmodern Lit class. Dr. Shinn made the class a lot of fun, and I found it easy to immerse myself in the content. I also enjoyed Dr. Berlinerblau's Phillip Roth class because the class size was so small (I think we had six students) and so the caliber of discussion was higher than in many of my larger classes. I pushed myself harder in his class than in any other, and so I still remember that as one of my most pivotal experiences at Georgetown.


Catherine FarrCATHERINE FARR, AB '13

Language Strategist | Maslansky + Partners | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
[I w]orked at an advertising company in New York City.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As a] Language Strategist[, m]y role combines being a writer, consultant, strategist, and researcher -- so my English degree is useful each and every day. I write messages that we test in focus groups, edit content, and develop training materials to help companies communicate more effectively. Maslansky + Partners is a language strategy firm that helps clients solve business challenges through the effective use of language.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
"Wicked" with Professor Rebecca Boylan. I took her introductory Victorian Lit class as well, but loved this class because we went into such depth and drew comparisons with what we read to different philosophers.


Kathleen KosterKathleen Koster, ab '08

Freelance Jornalist | Los Angeles, CA

What did you do after graduation?
I backpacked through Peru and Bolivia with two fellow alumnae. I then took a job in journalism in D.C.. I began as an associate editor and worked my way up to become a Director of Websites/Senior Editor at the large publishing company. I covered health care reform in depth (attending Congress debates and regulatory hearings with a Senate Press Pass); it was a fascinating and rewarding experience. After a six-year tenure at the publishing company, I received my Masters of Fine Arts in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. I just completed my first novel, which I'm pitching to agents, and am transitioning into a career in television writing.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
As a journalist, my degree was invaluable in providing the critical thinking skills and writing poise needed to become a professional writer. My work in the Honors Thesis program prepared me for the rigors of graduate school and provided the foundation for cultivating a portfolio in creative writing (both nonfiction, fiction and scriptwriting).

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
My favorite class was Eco-Narrative with Professor Norma Tilden. She was incredibly inspiring and provided wonderful writing exercises. I loved how she taught us to write creative non-fiction that fused our creative point of view and lyrical prose with a solid foundation in facts and natural phenomena.


Benjamin MazzaraBENJAMIN MAZZARA, AB '15

Web Producer | Bisnow Media | New York City, NY

What did you do after graduation?
Spent a month and half looking for a job, and then was hired to be a Web Producer for Bisnow Media in New York City. After three months, I was promoted to Bisnow's Custom Content division.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Creative Writing with David Ebenbach. Not only did it help me learn about the "brain problem" (making sure that your audience has the same grip and information that you do) [but it also helped in] working on keeping [my] responses short and full of important info[rmation].


Leila SidawyLEILA SIDAWY, AB '06

Senior Marketing Manager | Georgetown, School of Continuing Studies | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
In the nearly ten years since I graduated, I spent the first three working as an account manager and account executive for a commercial security company, Kastle Systems. I left Kastle to pursue a Master's in Communications from American University, and then moved to Geneva to do PR for an international nonprofit. I returned to [the] DC-area, where I lead the marketing for a private tutoring and test-prep company for three years. That then brought me back to Georgetown University where I have been a marketing manager and senior marketing manager at the School of Continuing Studies, promoting professional master's degree programs.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As the] Senior Marketing Manager[, w]ith our copywriter, I write for our marketing materials, webcopy, events, emails, etc. I am also an eagle-eye editor, catching complex grammatical errors and punctuation typos. Beyond the technical skill of writing and editing, however, my degree in English has been paramount in my communication skills with employees and vendors. I'm often lauded for being extremely clear in my communications, leaving no room for misinterpretation or error. I organize my thoughts well, convey my intentions clearly, and express gratitude genuinely.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Professor Rosenblatt's Fall 2005 Eliot's Waste Land: This course was an investigation of TS Eliot's principle work, The Waste Land, and the other literary works he references throughout. Focusing an entire semester on one long poem and its accompanying allusions gave the course direction different from any other course I had taken. The analyses we did both as a class and in individual assignments were extensive, allowing us each to be submerged within the text. It was a transformative experience.


Lauren WeberLAUREN WEBER, AB '13

Journalist | The Huffington Post | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
I originally took a job at Booz Allen Hamilton in government communications consulting (I was a double major in Government as well), but found myself unhappy in the role. The Huffington Post recruited me to launch a new product called The Morning Email, and I now write the morning news with a bit of snark for them each weekday. I love it.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
While my role is ever-changing, I write The Morning Email, a daily round-up of the news. From the breaking headlines to the fun zingers, I get to send out a digest to a little under three-quarters of a million people each day. On top of that, I report on passion projects, including my latest investigative feature of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. I also give commentary on the 2016 race, through weekly pieces and HuffPost Live. My English degree made this all possible. It gave me the analytical and writing skills necessary to spend every day writing and analyzing the news and the topics that interest me. And it gave me the tools to spend each day in a job that I love.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Leona Fisher's Young Adult Literature class -- Professor Fisher pushed me each class to write better, work harder, and dig deeper in my analysis. The woman was a legend and a force, and I was lucky to have her.


Jenna WeinerJENNA WEINER, AB '09

Product Marketing Manager | Dropbox | San Francisco, CA

What did you do after graduation?
Moved to Boston and took a job as a business and technology writer for a content marketing agency. (Though there was no such thing as content marketing in 2009, so it was referred to as an online news agency.)

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As the] Product Marketing Manager[,] I lead product launches for new consumer-focused features and functionality. This involves crafting the go-to-market strategy, positioning, and messaging for these features, coordinating a bunch of different stakeholders (press, product, support, etc.), and often drafting many user-facing communications.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
That's a hard question, but I'd have to go with Norma Tilden's Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop. I learned so much about writing simply and powerfully, and also learned a lot about myself and my classmates because the pieces were so personal. Those writing lessons have stuck with me.


Students in this field have gone on to work/study in cities like Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles.

GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC POLICY

Albert EisenbergALBERT EISENBERG, AB '13

In-District Field Organizer | Pennsylvania Competes | Lehigh Valley, PA

What did you do after graduation?
I knew I wanted to begin somewhere under the large umbrellas of "marketing" and "start-up", and I was lucky to have plenty of business exposure from the Baker Scholars program as well as a strong writing & communications background from my English major & Studio Art minor. I joined an organization working at the cutting edge of social media marketing -- so a very data driven, rigorous digital advertising agency. I knew it wasn't the right fit, so after several years working in the industry I spun off as a freelancer, and just recently took a position working on a statewide bill in Pennsylvania to update our discrimination laws to include gay & transgender people. Politics has always been a strong interest of mine, and I feel I'm well-equipped to make an impact from my time at Georgetown & directly after.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
[As the] In-District Field Organizer [...] my role is to build a strategy around how to bring legislators, and especially Republican legislators, into the fold on gay and transgender rights. So I figure out the most important people in their districts, and then I figure out how to talk to them and persuade them to support our efforts. I'm calling, emailing, writing and talking to people all day long -- concise & clear communication is *the* important skill that differentiates a strong organizer from a mediocre one. Thinking critically is essential, and being smart and effective with my time is imperative when we're sprinting and face opposition to our bill. All of these skills were shaped by my liberal arts education, and specifically from the rigorous written and oral communications curriculum of the English department at Georgetown.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
Prof. Fink's Modern/Post-Modern plays gave me a structured way to look and understand the world today through literature. She was the first professor to recognize and actively work to hone my talent. I'm so thankful she took an interest in me, because she made me an English major when I really wasn't sure what I was doing.

Prof. Wu's Romantic Poets (Wordsworth & Coleridge) wasn't life-changing because of the course curriculum, but because of how Prof. Wu teaches; specifically, diving in-depth to each word of a text and reading and understanding the actual meaning of the words before layering on our analysis. His approach was a paradigm shift for me. He is also the professor that least let me get away with B.S. (he just doesn't accept it), and was therefore my most challenging and rewarding learning experience at Georgetown.


Jessica (O'Hara) WhiteJESSICA (O'HARA) WHITE, AB '07

Public Health Policy Analyst | U.S. Department of Health & Human Services | Washington, D.C.

What did you do after graduation?
I was also pre-med and a government minor, so I went to a health policy job at a non-profit in DC after graduation. I intended to be there for only a year before attending dental school, but decided to follow a career path in health policy instead. I worked for the non-profit for 3 years before attending graduate school at Johns Hopkins for my masters in public policy with a health policy focus.

Describe your current job/role and how your English degree has helped you.
I am a public health policy analyst at HHS, in the Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), Division of Science Policy. The ASPE is the principal advisor to the Secretary of HHS on policy development, and is responsible for major activities in policy coordination, legislative development, strategic planning, policy research, evaluation, and economic analysis. The Division of Science Policy is responsible for science and public health-related policy development and analysis, budget review, assisting with the development of legislation, and review of federal regulations. As an analyst and now team lead for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), I conduct and coordinate work on a variety of public health and science policy issues. I work closely with public health and science agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). I am also responsible for conducting policy analyses, developing and implementing Departmental initiatives, and coordinating activities to address public health and science issues across various agencies. My English degree has provided me with the skills to conduct my daily work, which includes significant reading comprehension, analysis, and strong writing skills.

Describe your favorite English class as an English major and what you learned.
It's hard to select one class but my favorite instructor (and major advisor) was Professor Michael Collins. He truly taught me how to be a critical reader and thoughtful writer and to be a stronger editor of my own work.