When were you enrolled in the program?

Respondent #5 MA 95

How did you learn of the program?

I applied to the English program and was routed to American Studies.

Why did you enter the program, and did it meet your expectations?

I entered the program because I was interested in the PhD program at Uva. It more than met my expectations, and was much more valuable than I had anticipated.

What did you find most valuable about the program?

The multimedia training and interdisciplinary apprach.

Was the program different in any significant ways from your earlier education?

Yes - before I came to Charlottesville, I had never even used email. Also, my undergraduate studies (at the University of North Carolina) were more directed and less interdisciplinary.

Did the program help you develop any of these aspects of your life?

-Thinking and communicating? Yes - definitely.
-Work habits? Yes
-Research abilities? Yes
-Technical abilities? Yes

To what extent did your classmates affect your experience in the program?

We were a very close-knit yet diverse group, and the small seminars were rewarding.

To what extent did the public venue (the Internet) for much your work affect your experience in the program?

I can't over-emphasize how much this aspect of the program has affected the rest of my career. Each of my (3) jobs since graduation has been focused on communications and technology.

Was the course work appropriate to the goals of the program?

Some of the early American literature was not as relevant, and the extremely theoretical stuff wasn't very interesting to me.

Did you perceive yourself as part of any university department or community larger than the American Studies Program itself?

Yes - I felt a part of the English department.

How well was interdisciplinary study integrated in the program?

Very well - it definitely enriched the seminars and our "community."

Were the following resources (and any other ones) adequate for your work?

-Libraries? Yes
-Computers and technical support? No - but I am sure that has changed since 95. When my class started, the Web was just an idea.
-Work space? Yes
-Classes? Yes
-Faculty? Yes
-Financial support? No.

During the program did you have any relevant part-time employment?

I worked as a housemother at the Delta Gamma sorority to pay my way through school.

Please describe briefly your major forms of schooling and/or employment since your time in the program (giving dates, name of organization, and chief activities there):

August 1995 - January 1997
PoliticsNow - the joint political Web site of ABC News, Washington Post and National Journal. Successively served as Web Guide Editor, Marketing Assistant and Manager of Advocacy Advertising.
January 1997 - November 1998
United States Senate Republican Conference Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications Technology
November 1998 - present Manager, Business Development and Marketing, APCO Associates Inc., a global public affairs firm

Did you find advising and placement support in the program to be adequate?

Placement for my year was almost non-existent.

Has your involvement in the program made a discernible difference in the subsequent steps of your career?

Yes, yes and more yes.

How might the program be strengthened?

Better career counselling, externships - perhaps extending the program to 2 years and placing students for the summer?

Any other reflections?

I am very impressed with Georgetown's CCT program, even though Uva seems to have a more rigorous academic focus. I wonder how the two programs compare.

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