- When did you enter DUS?
- Sophomore year
- How many semesters did you spend in DUS?
- At least two - I'm not exactly sure.
- Why did you choose DUS?
- I was a very unhappy Astrophysics major, who had no idea which major I should choose.
- What resources did you use in your exploratory and decision-making process?
- My DUS adviser was very helpful. I also frequented the Career Development Center, a service I used even after graduation. I also met Joyce Buck at the Liberal Arts Advising Center. She introduced me to her husband, John Buck, who faciliated my transition into the English department.
- Did DUS benefit you? If so, how?
- Yes! If there hadn't been DUS, I would surely have had at least five different majors. Everyone I spoke to in DUS, from the walk-in counselor to my regular adviser, was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Their advice allowed me to explore my interests while receiving credits that I could apply to any degree.
Penn State Experience
- What major(s) (and minor(s), if applicable) did you end up choosing?
- English (Literature option)
- What year did you graduate?
- What extracurricular activities made a difference in your college experience?
- Once I transferred into English, I joined the literary staff of LaVie to gain writing experience. I was also a member of the University Choir for four years, through which I made several good friends. The choir exposed me to people in all majors, which was helpful in decision making.
- Looking back, would you have done anything differently during your time at Penn State?
- One more bit of advice is to take advantage of the intern program offered. Mine at the American Philatelic Society led to my first job on the magazine staff there. I went into it kicking and screaming, but it was one of my best decisions.
- What jobs have you held since graduation?
- Editorial Assistant, The American Philatelist
- What is your current occupation?
- Freelance Editor and Proofreader, various academic publishers
Profile Last Updated: August 10, 1998