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Carey Gibbons  | Reference Assistant | Graduated in 2002

I struggled at first in declaring a major at SUNY Geneseo. I was drawn to English lit., especially plays, but I had no idea what I was going to do with an English major. My love of Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde won out, and I graduated with a degree in English in 2002. Part of what I loved about Geneseo was that in taking all of the general education classes outside the English major, I learned that there was plenty I could do with an English degree in a variety of fields. I went on to study playwriting at Western Michigan University and graduated with an MFA in 2005.

Margaret Giordano  | Graduate Student | Graduated in 2011

Reading has always been a passion of mine, yet it never occurred to me to pursue English as a degree until I was well into my sophomore year at Geneseo.  I arrived as an undeclared major and explored my options by taking classes in several disciplines before I realized that English was the only class where I truly enjoyed myself.  I was fortunate enough to explore Broadway with Tom Greenfield, learn about the African-American experience with Beth McCoy, and immerse myself in Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy with Dr.

Edward Kemnitzer  | Executive Assistant for Technology Integration of Curriculum | Graduated in 2001

As I begin my fifteenth year in education, having served as an English teacher, Dean of Students, Curriculum Associate for English Language Arts, assistant principal, and now Executive Assistant for Technology Integration of Curriculum Support and Development for the Massapequa Public Schools, I often reflect on what has truly contributed to my success.  At the core of my development is the teaching and learning that heightened my knowledge as an English major at SUNY Geneseo. Geneseo has tattooed everything that I accomplish.  I wear that badge with pride.

Katie Pearce  | English Teacher at Great Neck Public Schools | Graduated in 2008

When I came to Geneseo, I knew I wanted to be a teacher, but was torn between music and Spanish. After enrolling in one music class, zero Spanish classes, two English classes, Humanities I, and my honors seminar, my focus began to shift. I fell in love. I loved digging into texts. I loved writing and revising, and revising, and revising. And I loved discussing literature in class and taking that conversation home to my four English major roommates. Even more, I began to see how my love for music and language could be weaved into an English class, as Dr.

Carly Smyth  | Middle School English Teacher | Graduated in 2010

I crave adventure.  During college, friends scoffed at me when I told them I planned to head west after graduation.  Many of them wanted to stick around and enter the fiercely competitive job market.  Five years later, several of them are still subbing.  More have finally left to take jobs in other states.  That's not to say New York is a terrible place to live; I just wanted to explore and live and see the country.  I was inspired by many of the stories I'd dissected in college, of protagonists who break away and embark into the unknown.