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Student and Alumni Profiles Archive

  • Mallory Nygard, 2016: Current CUA English Major

    I am an English major because reading literature helps me understand what it means to be a human and writing helps me learn how to communicate my humanity.

  • Laura Dubois, 2015: Current CUA English Major

    English had been the class I always loved the most growing up. I became a voracious reader and loved to write. When I graduated high school there was nothing else I could see myself doing. I wanted to develop my writing skills further and read literature I loved while doing it.

  • Wesley Cocozello, 2014: Creative Consultant for the Urban Land Institute

    English does not equip you, like Architecture or Chemistry, with a specific body of knowledge (well, it does, but believe me, scanning the meter of a poem only gets you strange looks, not paychecks). Knowing, however, how to enter an unfamiliar situation and quickly adapt to the rules, conventions, and procedures of, say, a non-profit does get you a paycheck.

  • Maria Maffucci, 2014: Freelance English Language Teacher and Resident Assistant for CUA Rome

    My ability to think critically and write argumentatively garners respect from my superiors and peers. I attribute my strong communication skills to being an English major. Without the four years of close reading, detailed writing assignments, and countless revisions I am unsure if I would have the same level of confidence as I do today.

  • Sarah Burke, 2014: Law Student

    Learning to read and write complicated things goes without saying. But I think the most important thing I learned by reading is compassion. You constantly open yourself up to new experiences by studying and reading. The end result of all that is becoming more aware and understanding of those around you. It's one of those "real world" skills that nobody really talks about but has immeasurable worth.

  • Samuel O'Mahony, 2014: Bartender at Viva Zapata

    Reading between the lines. The analyses we did in the classroom are applicable in 'real life' as well.

  • Lindsay Puvel, 2013: Middle/High School English teacher

    English forced me to contemplate The Big Questions through multiple lenses--history, politics, logic, the arts, philosophy, theology. In order to understand literature well, and more importantly, what literature is about, one must learn to see the world from multiple perspectives. This gives man a better chance at recognizing truth, and that's really what education is all about.

  • Helena Romano, 2013: Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher

    As an English major, I honed my writing and editing skills. How has that helped me in the real world? At the school where I work, I'm the go-to person for proofreading and editing all of the written content we generate. I am also often the person who drafts mass emails to parents and brainstorms talking points for content that goes out to the local community.

  • Olivia Hurwitz, 2013: Medical Student

    The verbal comprehension skills I learned as an English major at CUA have been invaluable to me as a medical student. Patients rarely come in with a list of symptoms that neatly falls into a diagnostic category--they come with stories.

  • Kathryn Sherwood, 2013: Childcare

    As an English major, I developed analytical skills as well as the ability to express myself clearly through writing. I also gained new perspectives and learned about different cultures. Furthermore, I think that reading literature promotes empathy and ultimately makes one more fully human.

  • Rebekah Sewell, 2012: Editorial Assistant, The Beacon Newspapers

    I enjoy literature and poetry and exploring all they have to offer. Reading allows me to learn, explore, escape, and empathize. It opens new worlds and shows you new ways to look at your own.

  • Lieren Stuivenvolt Allen, 2012: Production Secretary: Feature Films

    Those breakdowns and discussions that made me want to major in English are the very things I apply to my everyday life. Understanding the different approaches people have to their work and being able to communicate with them on their level is an invaluable skill.

  • Filipa Calado, 2011: Graduate Student in English

    I learned to respect the classics and history, and to recognize their influence in everyday life and contemporary culture. From my current experience in graduate school, this is an ability that many college graduates do not possess.

  • Sophia Binz, 2011: Medical Student

    My English degree aided in conveying complex information in an understandable way. In medicine, doctors learn a new language of elaborate physiology and pathology and have to learn to communicate that complexity in a manner in which patients can understand it! It is hard to explain cardiac arrhythmias, inflammation of the gallbladder, and failure of the kidneys.

  • Anne Giammatteo Whitfild, 2008: Teacher

    I apply so many skills that I learned while teaching, but the one that is the most useful is the ability to read critically.

  • Peter Walsifer, 2007: Commercial Insurance Manager

    Dr Wright used to tell us when reading the Canterbury Tales aloud in class to speak confidently and without stopping. When you do that people aren't going to notice if you mis-pronounced adventure. I've taken the same mentality into the real world and its the same. Speak confidently at all times.

  • Michelle Trueheart, 2005: Communications Officer, IREX

    English allowed me to write concisely and clearly

  • Jimmy Matthews, 1992: Technical Recruiter

    I learned how to organize and create more for myself.  I was able to make things happen with my words. I created a curriculum for a NCAA approved Beginner Economics course for my alma mater at LaSalle College High School.

  • Heather Ott, 1992: Advertising Executive at the Philadelphia Inquirer- Digital Sales

    I took English to learn discipline and how to communicate effectively. Plus, the Arts- that is immeasurable.

  • CUA English Major Now Teaches at Community College

    After graduating from Catholic University, Mick (Teti) Teti-Beaudin went on to further study in English at Northeastern University and Western Michigan University, then started her teaching career at Harrisburg Area Community College.

  • Alumnus Learned 'Perspective' Studying English

    When you experience many great works of literature you have a sense of history, beauty, and perspective such that as you experience things in the so called ‘real world’ you can relate to the human experience throughout the ages.