Picture Your Future
Inocencia Ramirez-Gorski (B.S. English 2019) is a client advocate at the Catherine Cobb Domestic Violence Shelter. She is also one of the founding editors of Viscera literary magazine, a non-profit zine that publishes the words and art of Lenawee County youth, with all proceeds going to local community organizations.
Megan Sauer (B.S. English 2018, Journalism minor), is earning her Masters at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, where she is putting her English skills to use writing about important topics of the day:
Michelle Siegel (B.S. English/Psychology, Journalism Minor 2019), is a freelance writer and a Blade Foundation Reporting Fellow. She is a Graduate Student working as a Liaison and as a Manager of Graduate Assistants with the Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She writes and publishes regularly with the Washington Blade:
Emma Sheldon, (B.S. English 2019), writes for the Munson Healthcare Foundation which serves 30 counties in northern Michigan. The foundation’s fundraising efforts provide millions of dollars in support to the health care system each year:
Alex Noelke (B.S. English 2014) is a Managing Editor at Hayden–McNeil Publishing, an imprint of Macmillan Learning and a division of Macmillan Publishers in Plymouth, MI. As a member of the editorial team, he works with authors to plan, deliver, and review their manuscripts, overseeing the publishing, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of their titles. He also oversees the publication of digital and print custom materials for a variety of courses at colleges and universities across the country.
Alex says, “The English degree and liberal arts education I received at Adrian College were instrumental in developing the core principles I use to navigate the day-to-day of my professional and personal life. While sometimes overlooked, essential soft skills like critical thinking, empathy, daily reflection, and creative problem solving have been responsible for much of my success. I am forever grateful to my English professors and the department for fostering my always-inquisitive perspective and multi-lensed way of thinking!”
Nichole (LaBarge) Heydenburg (B.S. English 2014): is a full time Content Manager for a start-up company. She was the first employee hired and has been an integral part of the company’s growth and success. She is also the author of a novel The Long Shadow on the Stage. Nichole reports that “Attending Adrian was one of the best decisions I’ve made. My English degree not only gave me a few lifelong friends with a passion for words and helped me further develop my writing and language skills, but also helped me hone my critical thinking, problem solving, communication skills, and ability to learn new things. These skills learned while earning my English degree have all helped me advance further in my career.
Hayden Garlick (B.S. English 2015), is a technical writer at Tweddle Group in the Detroit area helping to produce car manuals for Nissan. “My English degree taught me to comprehend, distill, and effectively communicate dense information,” Hayden writes. “These skills not only earned me a job as a technical author but they allow me to excel in my career.”
Spencer Durham (B.S. English, Journalism minor 2017), is a journalist with The Telegram, covering vital local issues in Adrian:
Gabriel Schray, class of 2018, is often the voice of the Adrian College Hockey Team. He is also Adrian College’s Multimedia Specialist. In addition, Gabriel founded Direct Digital Media LLC, in 2018, which he builds websites and manages social media for companies and individuals. Direct Digital also manages three online-only media outlets (including the Midwest Sports Network), generating over seven million impressions across them in their first year. You can hear Schray on ACSN, ACTV, WVAC, BCSN 1, BCSN 2, BCSN 3, BCSN Now, JTV Jackson and more.
Rachel Kanaziz (B.A., triple major in English, Environmental Science, and Biology, 2018) was awarded a National Science Foundation Grant in the Graduate Research Fellowship Program just before her graduation from Adrian College. This prestigious scholarship is specifically designed to support students who pursue graduate research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields. But Rachel credits her English studies for her success as well. “My English classes gave me the skills I needed to write an application essay that helped me become an NSF Graduate Fellow,” she says. As a graduate student in the Ecology Program in the Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology department at Colorado State University, Rachel now spends her summers at Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado, trapping ground squirrels and collecting behavioral and spatial data for a long-term study on the squirrel population as part of her thesis research.