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Jesse Goldberg  | Ph.D. Student in English at Cornell University | Graduated in 2012

I came to Geneseo declared as an English major with the intention of earning an Adolescent Education certification through the School of Education so I could be a high school English teacher. While my interest in English as a field of study preceded my arrival at Geneseo, my understanding of just what “English” is as a field of study changed throughout my four years, and as this change was happening, I also decided to slightly shift my career goals.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater  | Author and Writing Teacher | Graduated in 1992

As a little girl, I wrote in big letters in a gingham diary and pretended to teach my dog to read.  At forty-three, my life is, happily, much the same.

Tracy Strauss  | Faculty, New England Conservatory of Music | Graduated in 1996

With a love for writing and literature, I arrived at SUNY Geneseo as a declared freshman English major. I’d been involved with my high school newspaper as both a writer and editor, and thought I might want to pursue a career in journalism, though I was also interested in creative writing. Over my four years as a Geneseo student, so many of my experiences fostered my interests and exposed me to a variety of avenues. I had a passion for “becoming” a writer, but I had no idea when I was an undergraduate that, along the way, I’d also become a college writing professor.

Ethan Waddell  | Korean Government Scholarship Program Grantee  | Graduated in 2009

I chose English as a major because I enjoyed writing as a creative outlet. After graduating from Geneseo in December of 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Writing I began applying for positions teaching English in South Korea. From July 2010 until August 2012, I taught English full time to students of all ages in Seoul and Incheon. This spring, I was accepted for the Korean Government Scholarship Program, a program that grants full tuition and living expenses for international students who wish to study in Korea.