Geoffrey T. Cozine is a copywriter and editor
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. From copyediting scholarly journals to writing and editing nationally circulated magazines, from copywriting for an award-winning direct marketer to technical writing for industry-leading manufacturers, the title on my business card may have varied greatly over the years, but one constant has been my PennState education.
Regardless of the job, I have been fully prepared to step in and contribute from my first day to the last. More than anything, that is what I owe toPennState’s English Department. The diverse faculty gave me perspective and insights that helped form me both personally and professionally, and they were always ready to challenge me or lend a helping hand as needed. The quality of the course catalog is incredible, covering free-flowing creative writing, nuts-and-bolts copyediting, and all stops in between with equal rigor. And the plethora of extra-curricular opportunities—like my internship and roles on the Kalliopestaff, not to mention access to Penn State’s top-notch science and art colleges—helped me further expand my abilities and make myself more marketable to employers.
I have been lucky enough to not only establish, but also successfully reinvent my career several times, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the tools I gained as an English major at PennState.
- Geoffrey T. Cozine, B.A. 1999