The Catholic University of America

Stephanie Salvagno

Director of Political Affairs at the National Mining Association
Class of 2007


Minor in Philosophy, Masters in Political Management, George Washington University (2008).

Current job 

Federal Affairs Specialist at CSX Corporation

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

  • Owner/Political Consultant, Seven Mile Consulting
  • Finance Director, Ayotte for Senate
  • Coordinator of Political Affairs, National Mining Association
  • Member of multiple committees and boards for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans programs; Soldier Socks and the Lead the Way Fund
  • ThanX Award from CSX Corporation - acknowledgement for teamwork and selflessness
  • Federal Affairs Specialist, CSX Corporation

Why did you major in English?

I ended up majoring in English for a number of reasons; one being that I always thought I would go to law school after college. I figured the amount of reading, writing and just the analytical thinking it teaches would translate well in law school. Another reason was just how much I loved my literature classes in high school. Reading books became more than just reading books. I still watch movies the way I read because of the time I spent as an English Major.

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

The most important skill I learned was the writing. As a political fundraiser, I write a lot of letters. Letters that have to be succinct and get your message across all while keeping the potential donor engaged. My favorite skill though is the analytical and outside the box thinking being an English Major encourages.

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

Do I have to narrow it to one?! If I had to decide between Epic Tradition with Dr. Mack, Intensive Drama with Dr. Wheatley or Rock Poetry with Dr. Suarez . . . it would have to be Rock Poetry. I'm extremely into music and the class covers some of my favorite bands of all time. Dr. Suarez's passion is contagious in that class so it's hard not to absolutely LOVE that one.

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

You will never make better friends or learn more than in the time you are at Catholic. Every year that goes by, I find myself loving my time at CUA more and more. Also, comps are NOT AS SCARY as everyone makes them seem. I remember more today than I would have without them. You may hate it while you're going through it, but I promise, it is worth it! Also, for after college, make sure you find something you love to do and find a healthy work-life balance. You'll never stress if you find the right balance for you.

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

One was Zoo Story in Dr. Wheatley's Intensive Drama class. It was short, dark and loaded! Another, which still to this day is one of my favorite books of all time, is The Sound and the Fury in my Faulkner/Penn Warren Senior Seminar with Dr. Suarez.