Adjunct Professor & Online Editor
What have you been up to since you were a student at Marymount? Life has been busy! After Marymount, I went to George Mason for graduate school, and recently earned a Master of Professional Writing & Rhetoric (PWR). I also worked full time at 5 O’Clock Publishing as a managing editor while in graduate school. Not long ago, I was accepted to Mason’s PhD program in PWR, and started teaching adjunct at Mason.
What are you working on now and what are you most proud of? I recently changed positions at 5 O’Clock Publishing and became the online editor. I also started teaching adjunct, which I am particularly proud of and this experience has given me new found appreciation for my instructors, and is helping me think more deeply about academia.
How did your experience at Marymount impact these things? The faculty at Marymount largely shaped my experience, and my relationships with my professors are some of my fondest memories. I think the personalized attention I received from faculty significantly contributed to my success. In addition, my degree prepared me well for a job in publishing, and for graduate school.
What are your future career, service, or other goals? One of my major goals is to pay off my students loans as quickly as I can. In terms of a career, I hope to one-day work full time in academia whether that be administratively or as an instructor.
What advice would you give to prospective students considering a career in your field? Decide what you want to do with your degree before you begin college. Knowing what you want to do helps focus your coursework, projects, papers, and internships in a very targeted direction, which makes entering the workforce easier because you then have tangible experience to support your job search. It is okay to enter college not quite knowing what direction you want to head, but by the time you begin your sophomore year, you should have an industry and a few ideal companies in mind.