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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Nick Miller: Interviewing at Blackstone

What you learn in English courses can be surprisingly useful in unexpected situations.  Last spring, Nick Miller, a finance major with a minor in English who was looking for job offers or an internship in the financial services industry, interviewed with Blackstone, a leading investment firm.

As Nick explains:
“I was interviewing for a summer analyst position in the firm’s alternative asset management department that would have me working with the legal team by reading contracts, documenting compliance procedures, and assessing business risks associated with their hedge fund platform.  For weeks I prepared myself for a menagerie of technical financial questions that I would surely face.  But as the questioning began, I quickly realized that I wasn’t granted an interview because of my business background; no, they wanted someone with an English background for this prestigious financial position.  In fact, I wasn’t asked one question about my understanding of financial markets or asset management.  Instead, they wanted to know my favorite authors and literary periods and took plenty of notes on my linguistic skills.  As my five interviewers later explained, the job market has become too saturated with business-minded people whose lack of communication skills bill them as incompetent employees.  In their words, it would be easier to train someone to do his/her technical duties than to teach him/her how to read, write, and speak.
 
Ultimately, I decided that the position was not a good fit for me and withdrew.  I cannot say whether or not I will even end up pursuing a career in finance or law.  But I am sure that no matter where I end up, all of the skills that I have developed through Villanova's English Department will certainly play a crucial role.”

Nick Miller

Friday, July 24, 2015

Proofreading Job

CEC Associates in Valley Forge is currently recruiting for a proofreader.  If you are a recent graduate and are interested in the position, please contact Lisa Ruth at 610-935-7560 or LisaR@cecassoc.com.  To learn more about CEC Associates, click here.


Sunday, July 12, 2015

Colombia: A Second Chance at Happiness

Blaire Fenniman, a student in Prof. Karyn Hollis's spring Travel Writing class (Eng 2041), has published an essay entitled "Colombia:  A Second Chance at Happiness" in inTravel Magazine.  Click here to read the essay.


Friday, June 19, 2015

Open Mic

The Falvey Open Mic reading from this April has been posted on Villanova’s YouTube channel.  Click here to watch the video.
Amanda Murphy at the Open Mic reading
Yalda Hajavi at the Open Mic reading.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Danielle Sekerak ('15) on the Law School Process

Danielle Sekerak, class of 2015 English major, will be attending Penn Law School in the fall.  Her narrative about the process of applying to law school follows.

Inspired by the work that I had heard and watched my parents do in the medical field, I arrived at Villanova with the intention of going to medical school after graduation. While I declared my English major early on, I remained pre-med for two years (interestingly enough, I enjoyed organic chemistry). Law was always on my mind, but it was never a potent force until junior year when I realized how much I loved reading and writing and how I wanted to continue to use my English major in my profession, and it became the perfect fusion of my professional and vocational goals.
           
The law school process can be a trying one, but I can confidently say that the English major helped me in multiple ways. It prepared me for the LSAT: I went into the exam as a fast reader who could critically think and comprehend passages in the time allotted per section. I was also able to write and revise my personal statement within just a few days; having had so many papers to write throughout my time at Villanova, the writing process was not a painful one at all.

After submitting my applications over Christmas break, I sat in the metaphoric waiting room, patiently (and sometimes impatiently) checking my email to see if any decisions had come back. When it came time for me to make my final decision, I was torn between two schools.  One of my beloved English professors gave me the confidence and wisdom I needed to finally select the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
           
While Penn will be challenging, I know that the English Department has given me what I need to succeed. I would not change my college experience in any way: I was able to graduate with a degree in a major that I absolutely love, I established great friendships among my compassionate and intelligent classmates, and I fostered relationships with professors that will continue to play an influential role in my future decisions.

Danielle at last fall's Majors Fair.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Villanova English at 25th Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf

Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania recently hosted the 25th Annual International Conference on Virgina Woolf, "Virginia Woolf and Her Female Contemporaries."  English majors Christa Chirico, Caroline Edler, and Elaine Roghanian (all three graduated this year, Caroline in December) presented papers at the conference as part of a panel entitled "Haunted Woolf:  Ghosts, Memories, and Creativity," chaired by the English department's Prof. Megan Quigley.  Christa's paper was on “Haunting Memories and the Creative Act,” Caroline's on “‘Ghosts of the Mind’: Fear and the Impermanent Self in Woolf,” and Elaine's on “Hungry Like the Woolf:  Consumption as Feminist Action in Woolf ’s Novels.”  Prof. Quigley also delivered a paper on "Vagueness and Julia Margaret Cameron."  The English department provided financial support for the conference attendees.


Prof. Megan Quigley, Elaine Roghanian, Cecil Woolf (the nephew of Leonard and Virginia Woolf), Caroline Edler, and Christa Chirico at the conference.