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Brianna Wiest '13

"I can say with complete certainty that I am a much more accepting, open-minded, and focused individual. I owe everything I've accomplished to E-town."

brianna wiest outside"My classes, professors, peers, and extracurricular experiences have opened my mind and heart to so many new things. I'm not the same person I was, and I owe that to my time at E-town."

That's how Brianna Wiest '13 sums up her choice to attend Elizabethtown College. As a Professional Writing major and Women and Gender Studies minor, she has found her niche for pursuing a career in writing, editing, and design. "The Professional Writing program is so unique, and a perfect fit for what I want to pursue," explained Brianna. 

Brianna is editor-in-chief of the Etownian, Elizabethtown's student newspaper. She has worked there since her first week of her first year, previously holding the positions of assistant copy editor, news editor, and assistant editor.

"My Etownian experience has been challenging at times. But overall, I can't even compare what I've learned there to anything else. I feel prepared to pursue a career having the managerial and editorial skills I've developed over the past two and a half years."

Along with the Etownian, Brianna is also the vice president of SAGE (Students Advocating Gender Equality), a member of the Society of Collegiate Journalists, and an editorial intern at the Office of Marketing and Communications. She also has written, designed, and edited for Tru4ia Magazine, and has done an editorial internship with Standard & Poor's, a credit rating agency, in Manhattan, N.Y.

"I was floored that I was given the opportunity to work there," Brianna said of her experience at S&P. "I'm not sure that a career in editing finance is where I'm headed, but I can say that I do believe having that opportunity will open many doors for me down the line--hopefully!" she joked.

Brianna's other accomplishments include completing independent research on the media image of women in Glamour magazine with Dr. Michele Kozimor-King, Sociology and Anthropology, and a nomination for the Evelyn Poe Excellence in Writing Award.

After graduation, Brianna hopes to pursue writing, editing and/or design, or some combination of the three.

"I'd love to work for a publication or organization that promotes human rights, gender equality, causes like that—but I'm open to other possibilities for the future. I'm trying not to plan so intently anymore. Some other paths I'm interested in would be pursuing further education in gender studies, but we'll see," she said.

Brianna said that after visiting campus, she just knew Elizabethtown was right for her. "Everybody was so welcoming, and it seemed as though each and every student mattered. I still believe that's true. On my first tour, I got to meet with my would-be adviser and we discussed the English program for about an hour and a half. The fact that a professor would take that time to talk with a prospective student was something I'd never seen before, and by the end of the day, I knew I was attending E-town."

"I can say with complete certainty that I am a much more accepting, open-minded, and focused individual. I owe everything I've accomplished to E-town, and I'm so grateful for all I've been able to experience—the good and the bad," she concluded.

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