What Others Say
I have been lucky to find experience at an independent children’s publishing company called Tiger Tales. I work with the founder and head editor and have the opportunity to see the editing process firsthand. I also approve manuscripts for consideration. The English department at Susquehanna has such a wonderful variety of classes that, upon graduation, I felt like I had a solid grounding in many types of literature. I have become successful at my job because I received such a vast English literature background.
—Ann Victor, Class of 2009
I am currently the Food Editor at The Gilded Fork (http://gildedfork.com). My Susquehanna education taught me to question situations and opinions and never accept anything at face value. There is no better way to learn. I loved the English department at Susquehanna because every faculty member fostered creativity and encouraged to me to push the envelope to pursue my own interests.
—Madeline Shores, Class of 2009
I have graduated from law school, passed the bar exam, and become an attorney. I was a literature major/film minor. This involved a lot of reading and analysis. It made law school much easier. Lengthy readings in law school didn't seem that long at all compared to the number of books I was reading back at Susquehanna. ...The professors are what really made the department special. They always had time for you and were ready to be a resource in whatever way they could. I also felt that for a small school, such as Susquehanna, we had a pretty diverse amount of literature classes available to choose from.
—Devin Wintemute, Class of 2007
Susquehanna has undoubtedly provided me with the writing skills necessary for achieving my Master of Arts in English literature from Seton Hall University and also for my current doctoral work. The director of my graduate program at Seton Hall repeatedly complimented me on my clear writing style and I owe that entirely to Susquehanna. Thanks to my writing skills, I won the South Wind Graduate thesis prize at Seton Hall.
—Jori Beck, Class of 2006
In May 2011, I will complete my Master of Education in higher education administration, and shortly after I will begin my pursuit of a doctorate in Sociology and social science research. My education, particularly the critical thinking skills developed in my classes in the English department, has allowed me to be a conscious participant in a global community. I was able to think, write, and analyze, and those are the very skills I use as a practitioner and researcher in higher education. What I liked most were the opportunities for critical, open discussions. The small and moderate sized classes were the perfect venue for the interplay and development of ideas between students, professors, and the text. I also enjoyed that while professors were knowledgeable sources, they let student learning evolve organically from discussion and class assignments.
—Charlene Reidy, class of 2005
I am very proud to be a member of the faculty at the Penn State University libraries. As I work towards earning tenure, I have had great opportunities to work, research, and publish among some of the best innovators in the field of librarianship. One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is my leadership of Penn State’s Sony Reader pilot project. This project led to several national presentations and publications, including an article in American Libraries, the official magazine of the American Library Association. At Susquehanna, I learned how to be a critical thinker and to be community-minded. I draw on both of these qualities on a daily basis, as I work to solve problems, develop new models of delivering information, and collaborate with other academic units, faculty, and librarians on the campus where I work and nationally.
—Anne Behler, class of 2004
My undergraduate experience as an English major at SU confirmed my interest in getting my doctorate in English and, eventually, teaching at the collegiate level. Starting in the fall of 2011, I will teach at Shepherd University, WV, as an assistant professor of English and director of rhetoric and composition. Upon graduation from SU, I was anxious about the intensity of graduate school. However, I was so incredibly prepared that the transition from undergrad to grad classes was seamless. Our English courses prepared me for the rigor of graduate study and ensured my success as a graduate student.
—Christy Wenger, class of 2004
Every professor with whom I had classes from the English department was approachable, knowledgeable, and eager to share that knowledge. I never once felt silly about a question I asked, had no problems scheduling appointments to review papers or assignments, nor did I encounter a closed office door. It was this kind of educating after which I modeled my own teaching style--open and eager to share knowledge with any student that was interested and willing to learn. It paid off dividends in my years as an educator and continues today in my current position with the U.S. Government working for the Social Security Administration, as many officials and employees know me as a patient and available mentor.
—Bill Wolf, class of 2003
Recently I was promoted to director of writing and editorial services in the Division of University Advancement at Florida International University (FIU). My Susquehanna education instilled a commitment to lifelong learning, a passion for travel, and the writing skills needed to succeed at one of the nation’s largest universities, FIU.
—Alma De Rojas, class of 2002