Amanda Gitomer | Graduated in 2007
Posted on Sat, 17 Aug, 2013
I graduated from SUNY Geneseo in May 2007. I am a proud English major and still have many of my Geneseo English Major shirts that I wear on occasion. I majored in English and Spanish and minored in Psychology and Sociology when I was a student at Geneseo. The majority of the classes I took were in the English Department and focused on social justice issues and race, gender, sexual orientation, and equality. The most important lesson I took away from my classes was the need to work for social justice. I was very sad to graduate because I was so happy at Geneseo and attached to the people I met there. After I left Geneseo, I went to Thailand for a year where I taught English to Thai second and third grade students. When I came back to the states, I went to graduate school at SUNY Albany School of Social Work. After I got my Masters in Social Work in 2010, I started working as a foster care counselor for Youth Villages in Memphis, TN. After two years of being a foster care counselor, I became a group home counselor for the same non-profit agency. I work as a counselor helping youth who are separated from their families due to issues of abuse and neglect and try to help them achieve permanency. I am now engaged to another former English major, who went to the University of Mississippi. She uses her English Degree to teach middle school reading. We have a son who is 5 years old and a house just outside Memphis. Your English degree can take you wherever you want to go.