Betty Andropolis, an Administrator Assistant at NU, completed an English Degree at Niagara in the Fall of 2009.
Why did you decide to pursue an English Degree and what do you plan on doing in the future?
Since I'm an older student the typical situations don't apply. I am still thinking
Josh Maloni, an adjunct professor at NU and the faculty adviser for The Niagara Index, gives some advice and information about his success since he graduated from Niagara with a degree in English.
1. Can you please tell me about yourself? (degree(s) you graduated with, previous jobs and a description of your current job)
Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Niagara University, and
Master of Arts degree in magazine, newspaper and online journalism from Syracuse University and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication.
I have written for a half-dozen Western New York publications; I worked full-time for Greater Niagara Newspapers; and I am currently the editorial/production coordinator and entertainment editor for Niagara Frontier Publications. I freelance for a Web site, Suite101. And, as you know, I am an adjunct professor and the Index adviser at NU.
My job duties include paginating two weekly newspapers, redesigning our Web site (www.wnypapers.com) and ensuring the editorial and production departments are on the same page when it comes to the creation and presentation of our products.
I cover several beats, and I write television, business and food columns.
2. How did you get your first job after you graduated college?
I began as a freelance writer, and worked my way onto various newspaper staffs. I built a resume, learned to network, and established myself as a credible journalist.
3. How did your English courses prepare you for your former or current jobs?
Mainly, these courses honed my creativity. Working on the Niagara Index was the most valuable learning experience for me at NU.
4. What advice do you have for English majors who are trying to figure out their future plans?
Learn to communicate. Regardless of your career path, the ability to effectively communicate thoughts and ideas is a big key to success.
Don't allow outward circumstances to dictate or limit your path.
An English degree is a wonderful tool and achievement, but it's up to you to build your own success in life.
Source: Lemire, Tim. "Books (As Opposed to Literature." I'm an English Major--Now What?: How English Majors Can Find Happiness, Success, and a Real Job. Cincinnati: Writer's Digest, 2006. 132-137. Print.