The Catholic University of America

Jeffrey D.K. Ludwig, II

Commercial Real Estate Sales
Class of 2007

Other areas of study/degrees:
Minor in Philosophy

Current job 

Commercial Real Estate Sales, NAI The Michael Companies, Inc.

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

Knight of Malta (SMOM-Federal Association)

Why did you major in English?

Professor (Dr.) Michael Mack told me during my freshman year Epic Course (A Journey from Homer to Joyce) that I should be an English Major rather than my prior track of Economics. His experience in being an undergrad in Econ and grad in English, along with a few anecdotes, won me over to the dark side.

Tell us about a skill you learned/developed as an English major that has helped you out in the “real world.”

One of the most important things about being an English Literature Major in my field is that you learn to read between the lines of Contracts, Leases, Political Statements, Bills, and Resolutions, as well as in Face-Face Negotiating. There are many things that can lead away from a Sale and very few that can lead towards one, this simple learned experience can help determine the right v. wrong thing to do.

What was the best English class you took at CUA and why?

A daunting task to state a single class; however, Dr. Mahoney’s Senior Seminar on James Joyce still stands out the most as the best class. Whereas one could not have the structure of this course for anyone other than Senior Lit Majors, it allowed for the broad spectrum of understanding and an integration of the plethora of knowledge amassed in all prior learning engagements. Therein I gained the confidence that I had truly learned the tools necessary to excel in understanding a text.

If you could give one piece of advice to current students, what would it be?

(I’m beginning to get frustrated with how many ways you have limited me to one single distinct response… Don’t do drugs?) Rather than finding the way to do the least possible to pass a class and/or honing your abilities to argue a grade up with your professor/TA, find a way to enjoy each assignment as an expression of yourself.

Which text was your favorite to read while you were a student at CUA? In which class did you read it?

Why do you torment me with such difficult questions! I really don’t know. For the sake of your survey, please use Summa Contra Gentiles by Saint Thomas Aquinas. This was from Reasoning and Argumentation (PHIL 301 if I recall correctly).

What’s next for you?

Most likely, I will unfriend Chris Wheatley from Facebook. Thereafter, I will most likely keep working, buy a house, have a few kids, and retire.