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Where Are They Headed? A Sampling of Our English Majors’ Post-Graduation Plans Department of English The Ohio State University

John Bils B.A., English with Research Distinction, Spring 2012 “After graduation, I plan to become an overseas missionary in Slovenia with Campus Crusade for Christ. I know next to nothing about Slovenia, but am ready to tackle what I foresee as a lifechanging adventure. I believe that the English major has prepared me for missionary work by equipping me with the communication and analytical skills necessary to defend my faith to oftentimes skeptical, and even hostile, audiences.”

Jennifer Brokamp B.A., Honors English with Music minor, Spring 2012 “Next year I'll be attending Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York where I'll be working for a joint JD/LL.M in international and comparative law. My goal is to work for a big law firm in New York City or Los Angeles upon graduation.”

Chloe Goodhart B.A., English with Business minor, Fall 2011 “Each summer, New York University hosts its annual Summer Publishing Institute, a six week program about magazine and book publishing. The program is divided into two three-week sessions, with the first three weeks focusing on magazines and the second three weeks focusing on books. I have just finished my second week of the program, and so far I have loved it. I’ve heard from many leading professionals in the magazine industry, and I’m the editor in chief of the magazine my group of students is developing for our final project. I got the chance to attend BookExpo America, where I was able to talk to book publishers and learn about their upcoming catalogs. I can’t wait for the book program to start, when I will get to learn more about aspects of the industry from professionals in the book industry, and I will work with a group to develop our own book imprint. This has been a great learning opportunity, and I can’t wait to see what opportunities come from this program.”

Justin Hanson B.A., Honors English with Research Distinction, Spring 2011 “While at Ohio State, I participated in the Undergraduate Research Organization; served as treasurer of the English Honors society, Sigma Tau Delta; and completed a senior thesis under the direction of Dr. Manuel Martinez. Since graduating, I have worked for a Telecom agency in Worthington and taken to living in downtown Columbus. Recently, I was accepted to the PhD program in English at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where I'll begin graduate work in the fall of 2012, focusing on post-World War Two American society and culture. I credit the vibrant intellectual community of the Ohio State English department and the strong mentoring I received there as keys to my success. I remain, at heart, very much a Buckeye."

Karlton Laster B.A., English, Spring 2012 “I will be moving to Chicago in September. I will attend Northwestern University for their Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration program. I will also seek full and/or part-time work."

Marianne Manzler B.A., English with Research Distinction and a Creative Writing minor, Spring 2012 “During the summer of 2012, I will be a camp counselor and trip leader, empowering young women through wilderness tripping. For the 2012 – 2013 academic year, I will be mentoring young adults under Blue Engine, a nonprofit organization that works with disadvantaged public schools in New York City. I also plan to attend graduate school in the future.”

Morgan Mason B.A., English Pre-Education, Spring 2012 “In June, I am moving to Chicago and teaching high school English in inner-city, public schools as a part of Teach for America!”

Janine Myers B.A., English Pre-Education with a Sexuality Studies minor, Spring 2012 “This coming fall I will be attending Indiana University to obtain a Master’s Degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs! My assistantship is with the Sorority and Fraternity Life Office as the Education and Leadership GA. Student Affairs is my passion; I am beyond excited to begin my career and create positive and beneficial experiences for undergraduate students while growing in both my personal and professional life.”

Katherine Rettew B.A., English, Spring 2012 “I will be working for JP Morgan Chase, in Westerville. I'd love to live abroad again, but my rush is over. Now that I've graduated, I've remembered how to breathe again.”

Jennifer See B.A., English, Spring 2012 “I Right now I work at the Columbus Library and I intern at the National Kidney Foundation. It's a full load! I have worked in libraries since I was 18 so I would love to continue this experience with a full time position at CML, but these are pretty sparse. I am currently applying to other Non Profit companies so I can spread my wings! If all else fails I plan to retain my part time job at CML and keep finding different places to intern and volunteer so I can build up my resume. The thing I really like about my major is that it orients me to work in fields that really excite me- careers in which I can really help people around me. My long term goal is to move out of Ohio and maybe even the US and collect as many different experiences as possible.”

Nicole Sies B.A., English, Spring 2012 “After graduation, I plan to take a break from my studies/job search in order to travel and start paying off some of my school loans. I am also hoping to participate in Teach for America starting the 2013 school year.”

Are you a recent graduate of the Ohio State Department of English? We’d love to feature you on our website. Please send your name, term and year of graduation, and a brief description of your post-graduation plans and activities to Ruth Friedman, English Undergraduate Studies Program Manager, at

Where Are They Headed? OSU English Major Alumni's Post-Graduation Plans  
Where Are They Headed? OSU English Major Alumni's Post-Graduation Plans  

Several of our OSU English major alumni recently shared their post-graduation plans with the department. Find out what our English majors wh...