Alumni Profiles

Sarah Becker, Class of 2010

Associate Editor for Custom Projects, Macmillan Publishers

Sarah BeckerAs a graduate of Moravian's class of 2010, I credit my studies in the English department and my involvement in Greek life to my current job success. Immediately upon graduating, I moved to New York City in the hopes of pursuing a job, life experience, anything to avoid moving back in with the rents. Due to the recession, I knew that the reality of gaining employment in a field where I could make use of my English degree was very unlikely. So, I did whatever any crafty English major would do - I got two jobs as a waitress to afford the rent of my overpriced, tiny East Village apartment. In the meantime, I applied to jobs constantly and reached out to my network from Moravian. When one of my sorority sisters found out that I was living in New York trying to pursue a job in publishing, she put me in touch with her brother who worked for Macmillan Publishers. He was very helpful in notifying me of available jobs within the company and confirmed that my education and internships made me an ideal candidate. A few months and several interviews later, I was employed part time as a freelancer with the Bedford, Freeman, and Worth Publishing Group. It wasn't exactly where I wanted to be, but it was a start. I kept my serving jobs and worked A LOT, but after three months, I applied for a job as an Editorial Assistant for the Custom Publishing group and got it. It was a huge relief to finally be employed full time with benefits in a relevant job that had a solid career path. I've been with the Custom team ever since and am now an Associate Editor. Not being afraid to take chances, work hard, and network, helped me a great deal in getting to where I am today.


Meghan Decker, Class of 2008

Marketing and Communications Associate, Moravian Academy

Meghan DeckerI am currently serving as Marketing and Communications Associate for Moravian Academy. Prior to this role, I worked as Editorial Assistant at Lehigh Valley Style magazine, writing and editing a variety of content for the magazine, its website and social media outlets. My first position after graduation was as Development Communications Specialist at Gwynedd Mercy University in suburban Philadelphia, a position that sparked my interest in working in academia. I credit four internships and the time I spent as editor of The Manuscript for giving me the flexibility and attention to detail needed to succeed in the communications field. A bachelor's degree in English/Writing, I believe, provides a solid foundation for a variety of writing-based jobs, and offers graduates many different options as they grow in their careers.


Jessica Jonas, Class of 2009

MFA, Creative Writing & the Publishing Arts, University of Baltimore; Production Editor, Absolute Service, Inc.

Jessica JonasI graduated from Moravian in 2009 with Honors in English and Sociology and earned my MFA in Creative Writing & the Publishing Arts from University of Baltimore last spring. My first book, Room Full of Strangers, was self-published as my graduate thesis. While in grad school, an internship with a literary magazine helped me find my current job as Production Editor at a publishing vendor in Towson, MD. The main thing that sticks out about Moravian is the relationships I had with my professors. Their guidance, advice, and help in creating interesting projects challenged me in the best ways. Dr. Hinnefeld was the first person to encourage me to go for my MFA. I'm excited to talk about grad school and see what is happening in the Moravian English department!


George Wacker, Class of 2003

Communications Manager, Discover Lehigh Valley

George WackerI worked as a reporter at The Express-Times in Easton through 2005 and then edited a weekly newspaper entitled The East Penn News through 2007. In 2008, I made the switch to the public relations field by accepting a position as Public Relations and Marketing Manager at Trans-Bridge Lines in Bethlehem, Pa. In 2012, I accepted my current position at Discover Lehigh Valley. Also, I founded the website LehighValleywithLove.com in 2008 and continue to own, edit , and provide content for the site. I edited Moravian’s student newspaper, The Comenian, for two years while at school. This provided me with experience not only working on deadline, but also working with other people in a group environment. I also was able to intern at the Eastern PA Business Journal while at Moravian, and conducted a field study working at The Express-Times while still in school. Both were tremendous in allowing me to learn how to be self-sufficient in the workplace and to hit the ground running.

 

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