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She writes, "My English degree from St. Ben's has been invaluable in starting my career as a writer. Currently I write mostly flash fiction, a form introduced to me in one of my English classes. In my final semester I took a class on the past, present, and future of the novel with Sr. Mara Faulkner, in which we studied blogs and other new forms literature is taking. If not for this class, I do not think I would have the confidence or knowledge to start a literature blog. This class taught me so much about how to reach my audience in this era of technologically advanced media. Additionally, the opportunity to write a senior thesis was a great stepping stone in my career as a writer. For my thesis I wrote a novella, which I hope to work further on in the future."
She writes, "Through working, and then graduate school, I slowly built up my freelancing business and I now write full-time. My CSB/SJU education helped to foster both the writing skills and confidence in my work that have allowed me to thrive as a freelancer. Everything from creative short story writing to comparative literature essays helped lay the groundwork for what I now do every day."
She writes, "In addition to books, we also have a large collection of Victorian architectural prints. I advertise these prints, as well as process and ship the orders for them. I also act as a sales associate for the store. When I am not occupied with the bookstores, I also substitute at the Stillwater Public Library as either a shelver or a circulation assistant."
She writes, "I'm also in the process of launching my own copy writing business, expanding my pool of clients and hiring fellow Bennies and Johnnies to help me with my editing work. On the side, I'm working on a book of poetry about my experiences in India, saving up money for my yet-to-be-determined MFA graduate program (I am planning to apply next fall), and getting ready for my August 2011 Wedding with John Smith ('09). My long-term goal is to teach creative writing at a University, but I'm having a lot of fun right now learning about business, entrepreneurship, and working from home Monday to Friday in my slippers and drinking lots of French Press coffee."