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English Graduate Pursues Ph.D. in Literature
Garth Libhart

October 30, 2015

Garth Libhart '11

My experience with the English department at Susquehanna has been indispensable to my adult life, both in preparing me for my first professional jobs and helping me to achieve my dream of completing a Ph.D. in literature. Following my graduation from Susquehanna in 2011, I took a position teaching English in France. After that, I worked in Washington, DC as a contractor to the U.S. Department of Education. I learned that good writers are highly valued in most offices, and I used the skills I learned in my English courses at Susquehanna to perform a number of tasks, including proposal writing, document editing, drafting technical requirements, web design, and producing video tutorials.

This fall, I begin a new chapter of my post-graduate life, as I embark on a Ph.D. in English at the University of Maryland. Throughout my time at Susquehanna and since, professors have been remarkably generous in supporting my academic goals, advising and encouraging me all along the way. The relationships I built there continue to have a major influence on me. I cannot imagine a better place to have spent my undergraduate years.

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