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Since graduating from PennState in 1999 with a B.A. in English, I have moved around the country more than I had ever expected, and each packed truck also meant a career shift due to availability in the local job market.
Shortly after graduating from Penn State last May, I was hired by The Denver Post as the Managing Editor of the paper's music site, Reverb. What was once a sporadically updated blog soon transformed into a fully interactive website with its own domain and branding, www.heyreverb.com.
My name is Valerie Heruska and I currently work as a professional in student affairs. I graduated from Penn State with my BA in English in 2005. With a degree being as versatile as one from the English department, I felt that it truly opened doors for me to get into the field of student affairs.
I came to Penn State with a passion for reading and writing, so majoring in English was a logical choice. From Plato and Catullus to Steinbeck and Plath, my professors continued to feed this passion, offering me opportunities for growth in my writing and communication skills, as well as broadening the scope of my reading.
I'm currently the Digital Marketing & Publicity Coordinator for the Digital Products team at Penguin Group (USA), one of the largest trade book publishers in the world.
I am a lawyer by training and an editor by vocation. My career as an editor began the day that Professor Bill Cobb told me that in order to be taken seriously as a writer I needed to master editing. I was 19 years old, and this was news to me. So I registered for the editing class, loved it, and have used those skills every day of my life since then.
After I graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English, I worked for three years in and around Philadelphia as a newspaper reporter. I owe my first job in journalism to Professor Robin Becker's arts writing seminar. Using clips I wrote for her class, I got my first real writing job--a gig as an arts freelancer for the Centre Daily Times.
Jessica Karbowiak's PSU manuscript, "These Things I Know," a short collection of fiction and creative nonfiction, has been picked up by Pink Fish Press, and is forthcoming mid-2012.