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Samantha Curreli, Class of 2016
Samantha Curreli, Class of 2016, headshot photo.

Samantha Curreli, Class of 2016

I recently graduated from graduate school and am now a copywriter and content coordinator for a fair trade art business in Florida. I write content for the website as well as their print catalog, create press releases, collaborate with the art department on various projects, draw plans for social media and marketing, and conduct research and apply it to my writing. Honestly, I had no idea I would grow so much as a writer within my first year of Caldwell. By the time I graduated, I’d been published, landed a job as a journalist, and was getting set to attend graduate school. I knew from day one as an English major that I would have to, at one point or another, sit for three hours to take my English Compositions, as my father had almost 20 years prior. So I took my writing and literature courses very seriously and worked with the professors during office hours so I could tighten my prose. This not only gave me excellent writing skills, but taught me determination and perseverance.
I also learned how to take charge of what I love. In my sophomore year, I found myself taking the role as managing editor of Calyx Literary and Art Magazine. With help from the magazine’s advisor, Mary Ladany, and many good and talented friends, we were able to continue the magazine and even held a few fundraisers for it. By the time I left, we had enough interest to host a few readings and a writing workshop.

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Catherine Stansfield, Class of 2017
Catherine Stansfield, Class of 2017, headshot photo.

Catherine Stansfield, Class of 2017

I’m currently working as a publishing assistant and book cover designer for Writer’s Relief. In this position, I take part of many of the duties needed to transform ideas into publications. I research the publishing industry, format and proofread works, create engaging blog posts and social media content for writers, and so much more. I have also always had a knack for technology and graphic design, but I am now able to apply these skills to helping writers transform the ideas and motifs behind their works into the book covers of their dreams. Caldwell’s English department is rigorous, yet autonomous. The entire English department pushed me to higher and higher levels of quality and thought, yet let me explore my own topics and interests to transform into academic writing. This has made me not only a stronger writer, but a stronger thinker. Caldwell also shapes us into advanced technical writers, which can make any business or industry better. Other majors train you for one goal, like becoming a nurse, an accountant, etc. English majors can take our writing skills and have a flexible work experience and more opportunities. Because of this, I have had the opportunity to work in the medical, industrial, and beauty industries.

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