English Department Alumnae Stories

Mount Holyoke students and alumnae can conduct informational interviews with alumnae working in the field through the Alumnae Association Career Directory. Search alumnae by major or career field. In addition, some alumnae are participating in the Alumnae Stay Program which is a network of Alumnae who have offered to temporarily host students or alumnae traveling for academic or professional growth.

Deborah M. Piroch
Deborah M. Piroch '89: I cannot recommend international internships highly enough before graduation.
"Gotham" illustration by Ayla Daniels ’15
Aidan Diamond ’15: her thesis analyzing social themes in Batman comics earns a graduate summa cum laude, and status as a rising star in scholarly thought.
Shoshana Walter ’07
Shoshana Walter ’07, winner of a major journalism award, revels in the challenging work of reporting in-depth crime stories that can have social impact.
Photo of Yinzhi Xu ’18
“My proudest accomplishment is that I will graduate with a degree in English. Four years ago, in my first English class, I understood almost nothing.”
Photo of Danielle Brown ’18
“The gates of the College truly open to another world. Each interaction requires us all to take an introspective look at our values as well as our biases.”
Melanie Rojas Silva FP’17
“Today I embody ‘never fear change.’ I've received the love and support of my professors, advisors and the amazing community of Frances Perkins Scholars.”
Photo of Poorna Swami
Poorna Swami '15 discusses her time as an Editorial Research Assistant for the African Studies Review and a Help Desk Assistant for Mount Holyoke LITS.
Aidan Diamond
Thanks to the support of her MHC professors, Aidan Diamond ’15 has been able to nurture an interest in Batman into a burgeoning academic career.
Lynette P. Rizzo '96
Lynette P. Rizzo: Learning about many facets of dance opened my eyes to a range of possibilities and prepared me to take on each opportunity I encountered.