What kind of professional work have you been doing since graduation?
“I am currently an Assistant Counsel in the Massachusetts Senate’s Office of Senate Counsel. Before that, I worked as Counsel for Congresswoman Katherine Clark, first in her Massachusetts Senate office and then in the U.S House of Representatives.”
To what extent has the English major helped you do this work?
“It has helped a lot. Writing a legal memo or policy memo is practically identical to writing an English paper; they all come down to identifying a theme, analyzing information to back it up and clearly explaining the argument for it.”
Have you earned any advanced degrees since your undergraduate graduation? If so, what are they? If not, do you plan to pursue graduate study in the future?
“I have a J.D. From Boston College Law School.”
What did you like best about the Merrimack English major?
“It was a nice excuse to read.”
What advice would you give current English majors?
“My big advice for anyone in school, not just English majors, is to intern as much as possible. It’s the best way to (1) learn what you would actually enjoy as a career, (2) meet people who can act as mentors and (3) position yourself to get the job you want once you’ve graduated.”