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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.

Wendi Hoffenberg  | Research Specialist | Graduated in 2000

I majored in English because I wanted to teach composition at the high school level. I knew that I'd need a Master's degree for teaching certification, and one of the professors in Geneseo's School of Education suggested that I earn an MLS (Master of Library Science) degree and become a school library media specialist. I graduated from Geneseo with provisional teaching certification in 2000 and completed the MLS at Syracuse University in 2001. I did two semesters of student teaching: first in English classrooms as a Geneseo undergrad, then in school libraries as a Syracuse grad student.

Amanda Scull (Senft)  | Access Services Librarian | Graduated in 2010

I majored in English Literature at Geneseo because my parents encouraged me to choose a major I enjoyed — and I did enjoy every minute I spent in Welles without giving much thought to a career beyond graduation. It wasn't until a visit to Trinity College in Ireland, completing a Major Authors course on W.B. Yeats with Rachel Hall and Robert Doggett the summer before my senior year, that I found myself admiring the beautiful library that is the Long Room. Rachel asked if I had considered a Master's degree in Library Science. Honestly, I had no idea there was such a thing!

Jonathan Senchyne  | Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison | Graduated in 2004

I majored in English with the intention of becoming a teacher at the secondary level. Like many other Geneseo students, I combined my major field with a secondary education minor in the School of Education. As an English major, I discovered that my love of reading was deepened by the analytical abilities literature awakened. Through the Honors program, my reading interests extended into philosophy, cultural theory, and politics. In collaboration with several different advisors, I decided to pursue graduate studies rather than going straight into secondary teaching.