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从帽 & 从礼服到职业:凯特琳·弗兰奇16届

我一直很喜欢写作, but I didn’t think it was something I could build a career out of when I started my journey at Brescia University. If you can 相信 it, I started out as a business major. Thankfully that didn’t work out because I met Bart my first semester. 

I can still recall sitting in his cozy, yet chaotic office for a Writing 101 conference. 在他的典型的冷静,不尝试, 实事求是的态度, he asked me why the hell I wasn’t majoring in writing. I laughed nervously because I was only 19, and that’s what you do when real adults ask you very real questions with no pretense. I rattled something off about the competition and the lack of lucrative job opportunities in the field. Sure, I loved it, but could I make it something that could support me in the real world? 我不这么认为. 

Bart was disappointed, and he made it clear. He continued to reach out throughout the year. By the end of it, he had lit a spark that I lacked all those years writing before college. 他造就了我 相信 in my writing – that it was something worth sharing, that others would want to read what I wrote, and that they would glean something from it. 

The next year I was registered as an English major with an emphasis in professional and technical writing. Dr. Ellen Dugan-Barrette was my advisor, and she fortified where Bart built me up. I became an even stronger writer because of the arsenal of skills she equipped me with – from advanced grammar and editing to linguistics. 在我大四的时候. 老板加入了员工队伍, and he introduced us to advanced literary analysis, which enhanced my writing by making me a more reflective creator.  

Because of these influences, I don’t just love to write. 我喜欢写作技巧. 我是一个组合战术家, 如何构思一个词, 一个句子, a document can deliver the greatest impact. Always revisiting, reworking, and refining. 

After graduating, I faced that daunting mountain of insecurity that all recent grads come up against. I was trying to break into the very field that 19-year-old me tried to avoid. I had no experience and a portfolio that wasn’t going to impress anyone outside the academic world; however, I was reminded of the skills that I gained at Brescia. I felt empowered by all the professors that spent years investing in me. The spark that Bart stoked all those years ago was now a guiding light because I 知道 我有能力成功. 

I eventually landed a technical writer role in the mortgage industry. It wasn’t glamorous, but like Brescia, it was the perfect opportunity to establish myself and grow. 六年后, I am in my dream job as a Content Editor for a software company that embodies the same values that I learned and lived at Brescia. I continue to build off all those skills and lessons that I learned during my university years, and I am so profoundly happy that I was convinced to pursue my passion.

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