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Minor in Writing

Zachary Bucholtz • Screenwriting 2013
I’m living in Troy, MI, working full-time as a video producer. My primary focus at work is editing an upcoming documentary called Just Getting By, about the post-Great Recession economy. Since graduating, I’ve also started my own production company, FourFour Pictures, and have produced four short films - three of which I wrote the script for - in addition to a number of small marketing projects. I love what I do because it allows me to travel about twice a month and I get to work with some of the most incredible people I know. 10/16

Hannah Tasker • History 2013
I did the Peace Corps after graduation, then washed back up in Ann Arbor where I currently work in Instructional Technology for the U (think IT-meets-Interior-Designer for online curricula). I have plans for grad school, through-hiking the Appalachian Trail, and world domination. As always, my writing desk occupies pride-of-place in the living room. 10/16

Jen Durow • History 2013
I completed my graduate degree in Survey Methodology at University of Michigan in 2016. I currently work as a survey methodologist at the American Institutes for Research in Chicago, Illinois. I oversees large data collections, performs data analysis and statistical programming of the raw data. I use the skills learned in the Minor regularly for proposal writing, and authoring communications that accompany the survey. 10/16

Christopher Thomas • Political Science 2013
I live in Washington, DC and work in Arlington, VA as a Booz Allen Hamilton contractor at DARPA. 10/16

Neeyati Shah • Communication Studies 2014
I'm living in Vancouver, British Columbia and finishing up my master's in library and information studies at UBC. I'm working at the Asian Library on campus, helping to rebuild a student/volunteer-run LGBTQ2IA+ library called Out on the Shelves, and part of the Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) at my school. I’m currently in the process of starting a zine about social justice and librarianship for the PLG and I have no idea what I’m doing, but it’s fun! After I graduate, I’m hoping to work as a public librarian and develop collections and services that center marginalized people. 10/16

Benjamin Shanus • Sport Management 2014
After graduating from UM, I moved to NYC and enrolled in the JD/MBA program at Fordham University. I graduated from Law School in May 2017, and will graduate from Business School in December 2017. I am currently working as a Summer Associate at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, a full service law firm in downtown Manhattan. I am primarily practicing real estate law. 6/17

Jamie Monville • English Language & Literature 2015
I currently live in Ann Arbor and work for LSA's Instructional Support Services advising the BlueCorps program. Day to Day my eight student workers and I help students, faculty, and staff with their technological needs. This ranges from assistance with a first time computer backup to workshops on the Adobe Suite. Every day presents a different set of challenges, which is why I love it so much. 12/16

Katie Koziara • Public Policy 2015
I moved to DC shortly after graduating from the Ford School. During my first two years in DC, I managed the social media portfolio at the Partnership for Public Service, a non-profit working to make the government more effective. I now work for PhRMA as a public affairs manager, putting the skills I learned during the Minor in Writing program to good use each day. I remain grateful for the Sweetland community; I had many "ah-ha" moments during my Minor in Writing classes and the program helped shape my career trajectory.  7/17

Elle Shutty • Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience 2014
I live in Superior Township and work in Farmington Hills as a Program Manager for a marketing software company. 10/16

Salvatore Aiello • Spanish, Biomedical Sciences 2014
Since graduating I spent a year off bumming around Ann Arbor then enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program. This fall I started medical school in Chicago. Not one to stray from writing, I have found myself taking continuing education writing classes at a local community college. With my remaining free time, I've considered joining an adult kickball league... but I don't think I take myself that seriously. 10/16

Sydney Berger • Public Policy 2014
I currently reside in New York, NY. I work at ABC's 'The View' as the social media coordinator. I co-manage the show's social media accounts and produce digital content. 10/16

Kaitlin Schuler • English 2015
I moved to Chicago following graduation to pursue my master's in journalism at Northwestern University. I now have my MS and work as an associate editor for the American Nuclear Society in La Grange Park, IL, where I write and edit for their monthly print publication, Nuclear News. I've moved from Chicago's River North neighborhood to Ukrainian Village on the Near West Side, and hope to stay in this apartment and job for at least the next few years! 10/16

Elizabeth McLaughlin • Communications Studies 2015
After graduation, I moved to Washington DC to work for ABC News. As part of the Global Affairs unit headed by Martha Raddatz, which focuses on Pentagon, State Department, and international relations reporting, I do a lot of writing for I've also been fortunate to be on the teams that prepared for ABC News' two primary debates, as well as the second presidential debate moderated by Martha and CNN's Anderson Cooper. When I'm not at work, I have loved exploring the DC fitness scene, paddle boarding on the Potomac, and showing old college friends around my new city! 10/16

Greg Garno • Communication Studies 2015
I originally began my time after graduation as a freelance journalist before I was able to parlay my experience and Minor in Writing to work in social media. I now create copy, coordinate posts and help develop social strategy across social media platforms for the Detroit Tigers and MLB Advanced Media. I spend my time interacting with fans, crafting the voice of our brand, providing in-game updates and searching for good food at the ballpark. 10/16

Jessica Golden • Political Science 2015
Since graduation and saying goodbye to Ann Arbor, I moved to Chicago to continue my Midwest adventures. I have spent the last 2 years working at Deloitte within the Advisory practice, focusing on regulatory and compliance. I constantly have the opportunity to use my Minor in Writing within my role and have had the opportunity to travel around the country for my clients. In my spare time, I love to travel to new cities, go to baseball games and go for a run along Lake Michigan. 6/17

Caroline Kowalski • History; Writing 2015
I started a month after graduation at an organization called Hanover Research (a custom market research firm). In my first year, I handled the initial outreach for the business development team. Ultimately, my role was to support my director throughout the sales cycle in terms of logistics, strategy, and administrative duties. In August, I was promoted to a director, where I now have my own associate. I speak to VPs of Marketing, CEOs and Presidents, and I act as an advisor to understand their business challenges and demonstrate how Hanover can help answer them. 10/16

Clarence Stone • Spanish 2015
I'm a news producer. I write scripts, plan out a newscast and essentially help tell stories. It's stressful but it's fun.  10/16

Anna Berger • Psychology 2015
After graduation, I moved to New York City, where I worked as an account executive at DigitasLBi (digital marketing firm) on an American Express B2B account. After 11 months, I left Digitas and went over to Deutsch advertising. In this role, I help to run the day-to-day on Johnson & Johnson's ACUVUE global website relaunch. 10/16

Andrea Johnson • Business Administration 2015
I currently live and work in Seattle, WA completing a two-year business rotation program at Boeing. I've worked in a number of finance positions since I started with the company, as well as positions within marketing and sales. It has been exciting to apply my BBA education, as well as my Minor in Writing, to the professional workplace! 10/16

Yona Isaacs • Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience 2015
Since graduation, I have continued living and working in Ann Arbor! I'm currently involved in research projects examining the relationship between kids' and adolescents' genes, behavior, and brain structures and how these factors relate to mental health issues. I'm also in the process of applying to graduate school to continue similar lines of research. And I'm still actively missing the Sweetland community, and hope everyone is doing great things! 10/16

Sophia Peng • Neuroscience 2015
I live in Albany, NY where I attend Albany Medical College as a second year medical student. It's still awhile before I can practice medicine, but each year I develop my clinical skills further, challenge my understanding of ethics and healthcare, and expand my knowledge of the human body. I've never been more tired in my life, but I've also never been more excited to be doing what I am doing! 10/16

Michael Mitchell • English; Biochemistry minor 2015
Shortly after graduation, I was accepted as a freelance writer for Blizzard Watch, a website that focuses on news and editorials relating to Blizzard Entertainment video games. It was only a small amount of writing (and payment) per month, but I got to write about something I loved, which isn't always easy to find. Last spring, I started writing for another gaming site, Now Loading. It's an awesome experience, because I can work remotely and write about something toward which I have a passion. Getting to this point was definitely stressful at times, but totally worth it in the end. 10/16

Alexis Stempien • Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience 2016
To my continual surprise, post-grad life has found me living in Wichita, Kansas! (It’s much cooler than you’d think.) I’m balancing my time between a full-time job running social media for Textron Aviation, who makes Cessna and Beechcraft airplanes, and freelance writing for the popular YouTube channels SciShow and SciShow Space. I have the privilege of posting social media content to over 100,000 followers every day and writing videos for 4.5 million subscribers every week! They’re huge, enthusiastic, multimedia-loving audiences, and I am incredibly thankful. 10/16

Evan Zegiel • Music 2016
Currently, I'm pursuing my Master's degree in Tuba Performance and Chamber Music at the University of Michigan. I'm taking professional auditions for orchestra jobs, and I am teaching some students. Recently, I had a few poems accepted for publication in a Florida-based literary magazine. I've also started a band called House of Hummingbirds which combines spoken word poetry and post-rock music. 10/16

Maya Kalman • Political Science 2016
Since graduation I have moved to Washington, D.C. I am currently a law student at the George Washington University Law School (GW Law). 10/16

Zach Shaw • Business 2016
These days, I cover Michigan football, basketball and hockey for 247 Sports and CBS Sports. I still live in the campus part of Ann Arbor, but instead of going to class and paying tuition, I get paid and write about sports. My content ranges from features, game stories, columns, investigative work, podcasts, video coverage and more. 10/16

Adam Renuart • Screen Arts & Cultures 2016
After spending a final summer in Ann Arbor, I moved down to Atlanta to work for CNN in their Sports Department. 10/16

Sarah Schuman • Communication Studies 2016
I've moved back home to Chicago! In May, I started as a programmatic analyst at Mediavest Spark, a digital-focused media agency. 10/16

Lindsay Hiser • Communication Studies, Organizational Studies 2018
After graduating in December 2018, I moved to Washington, D.C. to begin a four-month internship at the NPR headquarters. As the Institutional Giving intern with NPR's Development division, I learned how to find prospective partners, cultivate relationships with large foundations, and navigate the grant cycle to expand the range of donors that support NPR's journalism. Following my internship, I began a full-time position with the Development division as Stewardship Coordinator. A Michigan native, I currently reside in Washington, D.C.  3/19