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English Student and Alumni Profiles

Name

Rebekah Sewell

Graduation Year

2012

Education

Bachelor of Arts in English

Current Job

Editorial Assistant, The Beacon Newspapers (Newspaper aimed at senior adults in the Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, MD; and Howard County, MD; and Coachella Valley, CA areas).

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

NAMPA (North American Mature Publishers Association) award winner twice, First and Second place.

Why did you major in English?

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.

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

I learned how to truly articulate what I have to say. I also learned proper grammar and writing skills, which are invaluable for my work as a writer and an editorial assistant.

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

Hitchcock with Dr. Glen Johnson was my favorite class. It was both a media studies and an English class and helped me look at the films in a critical way. It also was the first time I read intellectual criticism about film, which was challenging and interesting. During school and after graduation, I worked freelance as an arts and entertainment writer, and this class really inspired that interest.

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

Talk to your teachers and get to know them. I am still in touch with many of my professors, and it has been rewarding and has taught me so much. The staff are also wonderful people who want to help you grow and see you succeed. Don't be afraid to ask for help. Most of the teachers would love to help you one-on-one if you're struggling or even if you just want to further discuss the class materials.

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

Troilus and Criseyde by Chaucer. I read it in Chaucer II with Dr. Wright who is now retired. Most students want to read The Canterbury Tales, but I choose Troilus and Criseyde because of its exciting backdrop of the Siege of Troy. It also was extremely interesting to see its portrayal of Troilus as a "lover." I thought he was insufferable, and the text was funny and intriguing.

What’s next for you?

I plan to keep writing, possibly freelance. Before this job, I was an arts and entertainment writer, and I still enjoy writing about it (especially film and television). I also plan to begin a lifestyle blog soon. I'm truly lucky because my current job allows me to do what I am most passionate about with enough free time to pursue side projects and freelance work.