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Where Are Our 2012-13 Graduates Headed? Undergraduate Studies / Department of English / The Ohio State University Chelsey Abrams B.A., English with a minor in Classics “After graduation, I plant to attend the University of Dayton to pursue a M.S.E. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I hope to one day become a grief counselor or family counselor.”

Katelyn Barnett B.A., Honors, English and Communications with a minor in Professional Writing “Short-term, I've accepted an offer from Nationwide Insurance as a Communications Coordinator supporting the Information Technology department. Long-term, I hope to return to Ohio State and earn my M.A. in English, then pursue a career in publishing or crisis communication.” David Bartholomew B.A., English “Graduation from The Ohio State University English program has allowed me a more secure sense of what the future has in store for me. I have graced my résumé with the title of Print Media Specialist—a label welcomed by the publishing arena as an entry-level editor or print journalist. Through the practice of critical reading and writing skills, my experiences in the classroom have offered me confidence toward the long-term pursuit of becoming a managerial editor. The possibilities are endless in the world; there will always be a demand for persons thorough in the art of the English language.”

Bethany Bebech B.A., English with minors in Media in Society and Professional Writing “After graduation, I will join the public relations department at Hafenbrack Marketing and Public Relations in their downtown Columbus office. I will be an Assistant Account Executive and involved in planning and executing public relations campaigns for many of the agency’s clients. My long-term goal is to work in the public relations/publicity department at a large publishing company, coordinating book releases, author tours, promotions, and more.”

Lindsey Blackstone B.A., English “I was supposed to attend Ohio Dominican in the fall to start working on my licensure, but I am still not sure if teaching English is my calling so I decided to enter the job market. My short-term plan is to find a job in Columbus, but I also want to read a bunch of books and really focus on my creative writing. Ultimately, I think this is the perfect time to just be a free spirit and enjoy being young.“

Sage Boggs B.A., Honors with Honors Research Distinction in English, English “After graduation, I plan on staying in New York City to pursue a longterm career in television and screenwriting. I am currently working at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as a writers’ media researcher. My main duties include watching a lot of television and constantly browsing the Internet in order to find usable clips for Jimmy’s monologue. In my spare time, I will be taking sketch and improv classes at the Upright Citizens Brigade. My first sketch class at UCB starts in two weeks, and I’m very excited to get more involved in the NYC comedy scene. Aside from writing sketches and scripts, I also hope to continue working on my undergraduate thesis, wyrd., in the hopes of one day getting it published.”

Ashton Brammer B.A., English and Theatre “I’ll be working as a directing intern this summer for Columbus Children’s Theatre and will be taking the following year off from academia to gain experience and work. In the future, I hope to return to college to pursue a Ph.D. in theater.”

Rose Buoni B.A., English with a minor in Professional Writing “I am currently seeking full-time employment as a professional writer in Columbus, Ohio, drawing from my experience in classes and internships at Ohio State.”

Sarah Craycraft B.A., with Research Distinction in English, English and Psychology “Starting this fall, I will be teaching English language and American culture courses in Dimitrovgrad, Bulgaria as a 2013–14 Fulbright Fellow. Afterwards, I’ll teach high school English in the Mississippi Delta region as a Teach for America corps member. Although I’m unsure of what the next step will be, I do hope to continue my education at some point, possibly expanding my undergraduate research project on narrative and mental health care.”

Pauline Darr B.A., Honors, English “I’m going to Capital University part time to work toward licensure in high school English! Very exciting.”

Haley Dix B.A., English and Strategic Communication “I will be working as an Associate Copywriter for McCann Torre Lazur, a healthcare advertising agency based in Parsippany, New Jersey. I have also been accepted to New York University’s Publishing and Digital Print Media Master’s program. I have deferred my acceptance but will attend in the fall of 2014.”

Hillary Doyle B.A., Honors, English and Linguistics “Starting at the end of May, I will be doing an eight-week internship at Scholastic, Inc., in New York City, working in their Rights department! After that, I'm hoping to find a full-time job at a publishing house in New York City.”

Zenon Evans B.A., English and Russian with a minor in Creative Writing “My short-term plans are taking me to Washington D.C., where I am beginning an internship with Reason Magazine, a monthly libertarian publication. Throughout the 10-week internship, I will be writing news articles, covering events, and maintaining web content for the organization. My hope is to find a full-time job in Washington D.C. I am considering an array of organizations that will allow me to use the writing skills I developed in college as well as my personal political interests. I may continue to pursue political journalism, whether in print, radio or television. Alternatively, I am optimistic about finding a career in policy writing for a libertarian think-tank.” Amanda Keeton B.A., English and History of Art with minors in Philosophy and Studio Art “During my post-grad summer, I am planning to visit friends who have scattered across the country. Road trips and backpacking are in the planning stages for late summer & fall! I am also working on building a photography portfolio and drafting a nonfiction piece while I work two jobs in Dublin. I will be learning CPR & First Aid next week!”

Joshua Kleinberg B.A., English “I’ll be pursuing an MFA in poetry at Columbia University in the fall.”

Abby Kutscher B.A., English “I am currently living and working in my hometown of Canton, Ohio. I was recently hired as a staff writer for N2 Publishing Magazine, where I will be working on human-interest pieces and book reviews for two neighborhood newsletters. If things go well with this position, I hope that I may become an editor down the road. My long-term goals are to move to New York City and continue pursuing my passion for editing and writing. I would eventually like to publish a novel and become a successful freelance author, and my dream job would be working for Seventeen Magazine in NYC.” Eleftheria Matsa B.A., Honors with Honors Research Distinction in English, English B.S., Honors, Microbiology “I am currently taking a year off to conduct research in an innate immunity lab while applying to medical schools. My ultimate goal is to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. and research how the accumulation of nanoparticles and pharmaceuticals in the environment accelerates acquired drug resistance in bacteria and whether or not it affects mechanisms of innate immunity in pediatric patients.”

Melissa McConnell B.A., English with a minor in Creative Writing “My short-term goals are to go back to college to achieve my Master’s in Education with an emphasis in English for secondary education. That would also mean that my long-term plans include becoming certified to teach middle school and high school students.”

Caroline Ott B.A., English “In July I will be starting a two-year national leadership consulting position with my sorority, Delta Zeta. Afterwards, I hope to attend graduate school and obtain my Master’s in Higher Education and Student Affairs.”

Hope Rambo B.A., English with a minor in American Indian Studies “The day after graduating, I started working full-time as a Purchasing Agent at a service coordinator company called Modern Medical in Lewis Center, Ohio. I'm moving in with the man pictured, Frank, on June 1st. The future is quite uncertain at this point, but Frank and I plan to travel in a year or so—as soon as we've enough money to do so. We've discussed such possibilities as Barcelona and London! Eventually, however, I'd like to be certified to teach English as a second language.”

Joshita Reza B.A., English “Currently, I am working at the United States Attorney's Office until July. Afterwards, I will be moving to Syracuse, NY where I will be attending Syracuse University. There, I plan to earn my Master’s in English Education and then get my teaching certification for the state of New York, where I hope to obtain a job as a middle school English teacher.”

Maggie Roby B.A., Honors with Honors Research Distinction in English, English with minors in Creative Writing, French, and Theatre “Starting in August, I'll be teaching English with the JET Program in Saitama, Japan for one year. After returning to the United States, I plan to pursue a graduate degree in English with an emphasis in children's and young adult literature.”

Shealyn Scott B.A., English with a minor in Music, Media, and Enterprise “I currently work as a Marketing Associate at the Gateway Film Center and am the Director of Student Engagement for The Small Business Beanstalk. I also serve as the Music Committee Chair for the Columbus-based festival Independents' Day and plan to pursue a career in music event planning.”

Michelle Smith B.A., English “I am the new Graduate Program Coordinator for Ohio State’s School of Environment and Natural Resources. I coordinate SENR graduate programs, assisting the ENR Graduate Studies Committee Chair, and incoming and current GTA orientations. I serve as the initial contact for all SENR graduate students and manage all SENR and MENR applications. I'm planning on continuing my education through Ohio State and pursuing a Master’s in a couple of years.”

Esther Swartzentruber B.A., English “For the next two years, I will be teaching junior high and high school English at United Christian School in Nappanee, Indiana. I'm excited about this opportunity, and I know the teaching experience will be valuable. In the long run, I plan to pursue a Master’s in Education, possibly focusing on English as a Second Language.

Emily Tara B.A., with Research Distinction in English, English B.A., Journalism “As a recent graduate of THE Ohio State University, I can honestly say that the last four years have been some of the best of my life so far. I received degrees in both English and Journalism and spent time as a slush fiction reader for our literary magazine, The Journal; as a reporter for The Lantern; and later as the John Oller Special Projects reporter. I also was a Mock Trial team captain and a member of the Advocates for Children and Education Scholars program, and I volunteered as a high school tutor and led a group of the Next Chapter Book Club for individuals on the autism spectrum. Whew! What an amazing journey, and it went by faster than I ever could have imagined. Now, I am currently studying at the NYU Summer Publishing Institute, and in the fall, I will begin my Master’s degree in English at the University of Akron while teaching English Composition as a Graduate Assistant. I hope to expand my undergraduate research project on Emily Brontë and her family while at UA, and upon graduation in two years, I will endeavor to enter the world of book publishing on the editorial side. By the time that happens, I will have been an Akron Zip and NYU Bobcat, but I will always be a Buckeye.”

Devan Toncler B.A., English with a minor in Studio Art “I plan on spending a month in my hometown of Twinsburg, Ohio, celebrating and relaxing before coming back to The Ohio State University for graduate school. I will spend a year studying and student teaching in hopes of receiving my Ohio teaching license and my Master’s in Education. After that, I plan on looking for a job teaching high school English in Ohio.”

Beryl Zhao B.A., Honors with Honors Research Distinction, English and Chinese with a minor in General Business “I plan to pursue a M.S. in Integrated Marketing and Communications at Northwestern University’s Medill school. Following graduation from IMC, I look forward to a career in creative and entrepreneurial marketing.”


Would You Like to Share Your Post-Graduation Plans with OSU English? Please email your update and digital photo to Ruth Friedman, Program Manager, Undergraduate Studies in English, at For more information about the Department of English, The Ohio State University, and our opportunities for undergraduates, visit or contact the English front desk at phone at 614-292-6065.

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