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  • I have no doubt that my comparative literature studies at Dartmouth ('00) helped me land my wonderful, first post-college job in the foreign rights office of International Creative Management's literary department in NYC. There, I supported a team of agents dedicated to finding foreign publishers for American authors and eventually managed translation deals in Eastern Europe and Greece. While the role fed my interest in contemporary literature, translation, and foreign cultures, and I really...

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  • After graduating in 2007, I took a position in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs in New York.  I left Goldman after a year for a position in the Dubai office of Oliver Wyman, an American consultancy, and have stayed with the company for the last two and a half years, though I have since moved back to New York.  While at Oliver Wyman, I have worked on projects in four industries across seven countries, and have worked on English-, French-, and Spanish-speaking case teams....

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  • I chose comparative literature because the courses were the most interesting and Comparative Literature seems to attract the best professors from a variety of disciplines. At the time, it seemed like the best of both worlds and I knew that I could figure out how to make sense of it all from a career perspective later. Ten years later, I found myself at INSEAD, one of the top European business schools. To get into INSEAD, you need to speak three languages and have worked abroad. Without Comp...

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  • My time at Dartmouth and especially in the Complit Masters Program enabled me to not only mature as a person but also deepen my interest in worldwide migration movements. I enjoyed to get in touch with various interesting persons, the inspiring and encouraging academic environment at Dartmouth and working with excellent professors such as my thesis advisors Yuliya Komska and Irene Kacandes

  • As an undergraduate I enjoyed exploring different disciplines in the process of fulfilling my distributive requirements.  I had many different interests and I wasn't sure how I could pull them all together.  I decided to do the Masters in Comparative Literature because all of the classes listed and the projects purposed were interdisciplinary.  I finally found an outlet for my love of languages and knowledge!  Working in my Masters year with different language departments I learned of...

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  • I was Marianne Hirsch & Irene Kacandes' student, graduating in 2000. I continue to be grateful that I majored in Comparative Literature! I completed an MA in English at UC Santa Barbara in 2003 and relied heavily on my critical theory and close reading background as both graduate student and teaching assistant. I then moved to New York and worked as an editor at Routledge. All the while, I developed a great interest in yoga and Buddhist philosophy, as the ideas that my yoga teachers were...

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  • My comparative literature major honed my language, writing and critical thinking skills and has served me well in my career. I focused on Spanish and Portuguese literature with environmental themes -- a passion of mine. These days I am Senior Communications Strategist for the Sierra Club, the country's oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization. I use my Spanish all the time, do plenty of writing of all types and spend significant time thinking about the effect of specific...

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  • The wonderful community of scholars at Dartmouth and the A.M. in Comparative Literature gave me exactly the excellent training I needed to pursue a Ph.D. in the field. I'm now a graduate student at Harvard University planning for an academic career and studying that which I hold most dear: literature and music.

  • After graduating I lit out for Europe. I think the comp lit major gave me a kind of confidence about how much culture I could absorb and about what a unique experience that is. I wanted to go to a city that had a rich history in the past century, and it fell to Berlin in the end. During my three month term in the city, I got to prepare the gallery for international art fairs and work with artists in studio. The community in the industry was fascinating, and because of my comp lit background...

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  • I am a big fan of Dartmouth's Comp Lit program. My first year after graduating from Dartmouth, I lived in Munich, Germany and worked as a teaching intern at an international school. I've spent the last three years working for a small public relations agency in San Francisco and Boston helping clients in the clean technology and information technology industries. I'm currently wrapping up there and preparing to move to Ukraine to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer. In any career, it's paramount...

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