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English Student and Alumni Profiles


Michelle Trueheart

Graduation Year



MA Political Economy and Development

Current Job

Communications Officer, IREX

Other jobs, awards, honors since graduation

Peace Corps

Why did you major in English?

I was good at it.

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

English allowed me to write concisely and clearly.

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

Elements of Drama because of the breadth of content

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

Have a good idea about what you want to do, so you can start working towards that career early on.

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

The Sound and the Fury, Elements of Narrative

What’s next for you?

Continuing to work in international development, and hopefully becoming a public diplomat in the foreign service.