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English Student and Alumni Profiles

Name

Anne Giammatteo Whitfild

Graduation Year

2008

Education

BA English

Current Job

Teacher

Why did you major in English?

English was always my favorite subject to study and I love to write

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

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

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

My senior seminar with Dr. Wheatley.  It was on Thornton Wilder. My mother and I had seen a production of Our Town when I was in high school and I fell in love with Wilder.  When I saw that I had to option to read his collective works in college, I jumped at the chance.  However, I struggled in the beginning, because I underestimated the complexity of the work.  However, thanks to Dr. Wheatley, it ended up being the best class of my collegiate career.

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

Read anything and everything you can get your hands on and enjoy the fact that you have so much free time to do so!  Now that I work full time, have two small children etc. I miss the days when I could curl up in the library with my Shakespeare textbook.

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

Again it was my senior seminar class and the book was The Eighth Day by Wilder

What’s next for you?

I am currently teaching for the Diocese of Arlington and starting my masters degree from George Mason in secondary education.  I love being in the classroom and can't see myself doing anything else!