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EWL Alums have gone on to succeed in graduate school and an array of careers.  Here’s a sample of our outstanding alums.
  • Cameron Cain

    Interned at Scholastic Corporation and Conde Nast Traveler Magazine
    “You hear it from all quarters: these days a college degree is simply not enough. If you graduate without at least one internship under your belt, your reśumé can end up on the bottom of the pile. But while internships may be vital to your future employment prospects, those internships can vary enormously in terms of what you get to do and what you end up learning. In my case, I’ve had two editorial internships. The first was at Scholastic, a company that publishes educational material for teachers, parents, and children.  The second was at Condé Nast Traveler Magazine,  where I was able to attend production meetings  and had opportunities to work on many interesting projects, including the creation of a family travel app for smartphones and iPads.  Both internships gave me the chance to learn from some incredible writers and editors, and to put into practice some of the skills that I have acquired as an English & World Literatures major and and journalism minor, including researching, editing, fact checking and pitching story ideas. Perhaps most valuable of all though was the glimpse that I had, warts and all, of what life is like in the publishing industry.”

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  • Ruth Calhoun

    Ruth began working for Trulia, an online residential real estate site for home buyers, sellers, renters, and real estate professionals, in 2008. Trulia started publicly trading on the NYSE in 2012. She is currently the Senior Director of Sales Development.

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  • Danielle Elizabeth Chin

    “Four years ago, I took one of many creative writing classes with Jerry Williams here at Marymount. He selflessly took the time to listen to my ideas and meticulously read and edit my workshop pieces, line by line. If I had concerns about class, Professor Williams addressed my email, even at four, five, six in morning. He cared about my writing as much as I did. I arrived at Marymount adamant about transferring but Professor Williams made me realize I was in the right place. He made me feel significant. He encouraged me to continue writing and it is because of him and my time in the writing program at Marymount that I am pursuing my M.F.A. and looking forward. The obstacles never seem as daunting with Professor Williams as a mentor and confidant.

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  • Katie Coyle

    Katie received her MFA in Fiction from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012. Her writing has been published in The Southeast Review, Cobalt, and Critical Quarterly, among others. Her debut YA novel Vivian Versus the Apocalypse was published in 2013.

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  • Raz Cunningham

    “Aside from introducing me to the vital concept of literary criticism, [English and World Literatures] gave me a complete understanding of deconstructionism and poetic language, as well as provide me with a true sense of story and character, which have been crucially important in my work.”

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  • Alex Dill

    “What I liked most about the English & World Literatures major was the breadth of elective courses. I studied texts from a broad historical range and I was also able to study texts from a variety of cultural perspectives, particularly in classes like Woman as Writer/Subject/Audience and Gay & Lesbian Literature.  My creative writing classes also helped me to grow as a writer while broadening my reading horizons.”​

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  • Amanda DiLodovico

    “The faculty in the English & World Literatures major not only offered me guidance, generosity, and knowledge, but also provided me with the tools to write effectively, think critically, and produce high-quality work. These skills are of immense value; however, the most precious resource that I gained as an EWL major was and continues to be the working relationships I developed with the department’s wonderful professors. They always considered my post-graduate interests in coursework and accommodated my dual major with ease. The English & World Literatures faculty, who I still consider allies today, not only offered me options, but provided me with a glimpse of the stellar career I could one day achieve. Since leaving MMC I earned my M.A. in Performance Studies at New York University, a discipline that incorporates both of my interests in literary/critical theory and dance performance. I hope to earn my doctorate so that I can become a college or university professor, and one day provide the same skills, options, and enlightenment to eager students that the English & World Literatures professors at MMC awarded me. I look forward to continuing my academic work in the near future and, of course, doing a great many things with my B.A. in English & World Literatures!”

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  • Jessica Dragonetti

    Jessica is currently the Greenmarket Coordinator at Hot Bread Kitchen, a non-profit focused on increasing economic stability for immigrant women through culinary workforce development and kitchen incubator programs. Prior to working in the public sector, she was in charge of retail sales and business development for the 100-year-old Orwashers Bakery, just blocks away from MMC. Jessica is currently enrolled in Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs as an MPA candidate.

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  • Thomas Fabricio

    “The English & World Literatures major at MMC exposed me to an array of rich literary texts that I would not have read otherwise. Working through the major gave me the skill of literary criticism and analysis. The fact is that my work today, as a practicing attorney, and previously in law school, required me to employ the textual analytical skills gained at Marymount. Specifically, we learned to closely read texts and write about their meaning within different contexts and from different perspectives. We did this by learning theories of criticism and applying the theories to certain texts. That’s essentially what lawyers do, we apply laws to facts. The experiences and skills I gained from the MMC English & World Literatures major have been an essential building block in my professional career.”

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  • Josephine Graci

    “[English and World Literatures] instilled in me strong communication skills - both written and orally - that proves to be instrumental in all industries.”  

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  • Cameron Kelsall

    “My major in EWL and Creative Writing tremendously prepared me to undertake graduate study in English. MMC’s small classes and close working relationships with professors served as a primer for seminar experiences in grad school. Now that I am working full-time as a communications professional, I find that the writing tools I acquired at MMC prepared me to create sharply-focused prose on a daily basis.”

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  • Ginger Kimler

    “The support I got from the professors at MMC gave me the confidence to go anywhere and do anything! The English & World Literatures faculty especially felt like family. My professors knew I had a question just by the look on my face—I didn’t even have to raise my hand!”

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  • Ryan Lawlor

    Ryan was a double major in English & World Literatures and Political Science.  He went to law school at St. John’s University. After serving as an attorney at the Law Offices of Eric H. Green and Associates, Ryan became an Assistant Managing Attorney at the Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff in January 2013. 

     

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  • Jay Lemire

    After graduating from MMC, Jay worked at the Frick Art Reference Library of the Frick Collection while completing Bard Graduate Center’s MA program in design history and material culture. While completing research for his qualifying paper, Jay was awarded a research fellowship at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library. He is currently Manager for Historic Content in the corporate archive at Ralph Lauren.

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  • Constance Madden

    “My situation was a little bit different.  I wanted to finish school because I had never completed my degree.Prior to coming to MMC, I had had several careers. After twenty-five years of working in the fitness industry, I wanted to make a change and I’d always wanted to get a BA in English Literature. My experience at MMC was so rewarding (I graduated Summa Cum Laude!), I decided to continue my studies at NYU. While in my Master’s program at NYU, I tutored many of my International Co-Students in Writing.  Once the students returned to their homeland, I continued to tutor many of them, often helping with their resumes as they applied for employment; teaching English as a second language.” 

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  • Perry Mateson

    Perry Mateson started her film career working in the art department of big budget films such as The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and The Dark Knight Rises. She recently production designed the feature film Wifed Out and several shorts: Elliot King is 3rd directed by Rose Troche for the Future States series, Native Boy and music videos for up and coming pop star Ashley Allen. She assistant set decorated Affluenza, directed by Kevin Asch (Holy Rollers) for summer 2013 release.

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  • Louise Mattarelliano

    While completing her English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manhattan, Louise was accepted to our joint BA/MS program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing.  She earned this degree from Pace University in 2010 and is currently a production supervisor at W.W. Norton & Company.

     

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  • Farah Minwalla

    Interned at SPIN Magazine, Senator Charles Schumer’s Office, Common Cause, the Department of Homeland Security, and Customs and Border Protection
    “My internship experiences provided me a glimpse of what life after college would be like without the shock of graduating college and starting my first job with little to no work experience. I am very grateful to the guidance I got from the faculty as well as the internship and résumé help I received from the staff in the Office of Career Services. Marymount Manhattan is a great place for taking advantage of the wonderful resources of New York City.”

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  • Mariely Moronta

    Mariely currently works on youth crime prevention initiatives with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. An avid youth advocate, Mariely works towards connecting young people to educational resources. Mariely is currently applying to MPA programs with a concentration in Public Policy. Mariely attributes much of her academic/professional success to MMC’s English Department and Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).

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  • Brittany Murphy

    As an English & World Literatures major, Brittany participated in our joint program with Pace University, which allowed her to begin pursuing her Masters degree in Publishing while still completing her undergraduate degree at Marymount Manhattan.  After working as a development editor at W.H. Freeman & Co., Brittany, in May 2015, has been a Development Officer at Pace University’s Lubin School of Business.

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  • Julia Paglieri

    “As a transfer student from a large university, I deliberately sought out a small, urban liberal arts college determined to find the personalized education that was so desperately lacking at the school from which I transferred.  My initial goal was solely to finish my B.A degree; however, once immersed in the close-knit group which comprised the English & World Literatures major at Marymount Manahattan College, I finally found the academic experience that I had never known I had always wanted: it was the passion and dedication with which the professors and students embraced their respective loves of literature.  I had finally found my niche.  It was with this dedication, newly instilled by those in this department, that I went forward to pursue and excel in my graduate studies in English Literature at Hunter College.”

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  • Alexandra Palmer

    Alexandra graduated from MMC with a major in English and World Literatures and a minor in Hispanic Studies in 2012. She was accepted into the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU to pursue her Masters degree. She also received two departmental fellowships to attend the Reporting New York program where she will learn how to create her own broadcasts on stories specific to the NY area and the nation.

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  • Meghan Quinlan

    “The class sizes were small, which allowed for in-depth and personalized feedback from professors and a lot of freedom to explore what interested me most within each course. As a double major with dance, I was often encouraged to integrate interdisciplinary concepts and methods in my work as an English & World Literatures major, which was really exciting and useful!”

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  • Ashley Quinn

    Ashley Quinn has been working at Media Information Services, a media advertising and intelligence firm in Manhattan, for the last five years. She is also slowly working on her  masters in Elementary Education at Hunter College.

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  • Annabelle Grace Royer

    “The skills I developed in Marymount’s Literature program have helped me to grapple with this life changing experience. I am prepared to consider the cultural differences between America and Taiwan with greater awareness and understanding as well as fulfill my teaching job with the utmost dedication.” 

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  • Jennifer Saavedra

    Jennifer Saavedra is an international multimedia journalist who has lived and worked in diverse environments such as India, Ecuador, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates and Ireland. She is currently in New York City working as a licensed real estate agent while collaborating on a journalism project about a community in the Ecuadorean rainforest.

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  • Brianna Stimpson

    After graduating in 2012, Brianna traveled to Asia for seventeen months to teach English in South Korea, work in news radio in Cambodia, and explore new cultures. She worked on the launch team for a state-of-the-art multiplatform performance venue The Greene Space in SoHo New York City, and is now working with NPR’s Branded Events Department to produce local and national multiplatform content from NPR’s new headquarters in Washington DC.

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  • Greer Temnick

    “The most beneficial part of my MMC experience was learning from the knowledgeable EWL faculty. I was exposed to a wide variety of courses including Contemporary African Literature, 18th Century Literature and Literary New York. The depth and rigor of my courses prepared me for my current graduate studies, and the encouragement and guidance I received from the EWL faculty has pushed me to pursue my passion. I’m grateful to have been, and to continue to be part of such a supportive community.  

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  • Cat Tyc

    “I appreciated the relationships I had with various faculty through out my time in the program. They definitely shaped the direction I went into in regards to literature and writing.” 

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  • Renee Watson

    “Transferring from a few different large universities in Texas and finally ending up at MMC, I entered the EWL and Creative Writing departments with a mindset that hindered my current accomplishments greatly. Only when I realized what the knowledgeable and encouraging professors could offer me did I begin to push myself, taking whatever they gave me and turning it into valuable insight for the future. I joined The Review and was an active participant for 2 ½ years, even submitting and publishing a fiction piece in the magazine during my final year. Though I applied to several publishing-related internships during my time at MMC, I, unfortunately, did not have enough experience as my peers. Professor Feilla then persuaded me to join Pace’s Publishing program, and using that experience, along with what the English and World Literatures and Creative Writing departments and The Review offered me, I finally landed an internship at Oxford University Press, where I was a production intern. This spring, I’ll be a managing editorial intern at Open Road Integrated Media, and by May, I’ll have an MS in Publishing.”

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