Undergraduate Alumni Stories

Andrew Leong ’03

After graduating from Dartmouth in 2003, I entered the Ph. D. program in comparative literature at UC Berkeley. Majoring in comparative literature under wonderful mentors (Lawrence Kritzman, Laurence Davies, Amy Hollywood, Irene Kacandes, John Kopper) gave me a firm foundation to pursue graduate study. The rigorous linguistic training promoted by the comparative literature program lent me the confidence necessary to learn three new languages - Japanese, Portuguese, and Chinese - and also prepared me for several years of study, research and travel in East Asia and Latin America. My translation of two novels originally published in the 1920s by Japanese immigrant writer Nagahara Shoson will be released in Spring 2011 through Kaya Press as a single volume, Lament in the Night. I am currently finishing my dissertation, The Stillness of the Migrant: Japanese American Vernaculars in Print (1890-1938).

Ji-Young Yoon ’05

After Dartmouth I obtained a masters degree in creative arts therapy at NYU and worked as a child therapist at a domestic violence agency. Currently, I'm a Temple University Fellow in Philadelphia working towards a school psychology PhD. I'm pleased to say that everything I studied as a COLT major on language, postcolonial theory, ethnic identities in migration, canonical/marginal texts, psychoanalytic theory, etc. etc. directly informs my psychological and educational work with youth, and especially minority youth.

Silvia Ferreira ’09

I'm currently pursuing my PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Santa Barbara. It was Dartmouth's program that first sparked my interest in the field, and provided me with the resources and support necessary to pursue it further. The Comparative Literature program at Dartmouth provided me with the flexibility to create my own project and to think outside of the box. My graduate studies have benefitted greatly from the solid base that I developed there. Stay warm! I miss you all very much but definitely not the Hanover winter.

Aaron J. Schlosser ’07

It was through the comparative literature program that Dartmouth earned for me its reputation as one of the best undergraduate colleges in the world and as home to the country's most superb teacher-scholars. The amount of personal, one-to-one contact with professors that I was afforded, both inside and outside the classroom, was and still is unparalleled. I felt for the first time that my professors viewed me not as a mere student but as a young scholar, as a participant in the grand tradition of the humanities. Soon ideas of law school appeared as distant memories. Through the comparative literature program, I discovered that my true passion lies in the study of literature.

In this regard, the department prepared me well for the future. It gave me everything that I required, including its excellent honors program, in order to become a strong candidate for graduate school in the humanities. Since leaving Dartmouth in 2007, I have been pursuing a Ph.D. in French literature at Yale University. Every day, what I learned at Dartmouth helps me build the foundation of my career in academia.

Alex Lambrow ’10

I am a 2010 graduate of the COLT program at Dartmouth, and received a Fulbright grant to spend the 2010-11 academic year teaching English and studying in Germany. I am currently living in Dresden, where I work in a secondary school and pursue courses in history and literature at the local Technische Universität. In the following years, I plan to return to the United States, to earn a Ph.D. in German Studies. Without the preparation afforded me by the COLT program at Dartmouth, I would very much be lost in Germany this year. I depend on the German language skills I acquired at Dartmouth everyday to teach and study, and the ability to think critically (sometimes with the help of a healthy dose of theory) and to write clearly have made me a significantly better teacher, student - and according to my job description as a Fulbrighter - "ambassador to the world."

Emily Brunner ’01

I graduated in 2001. I spent two years working as a grant writer at an educational and leadership development not-for-profit called Prep for Prep. Thereafter I went to law school and am currently practicing as a tax and estate planning lawyer in New York; I use the writing skills developed at Dartmouth every day. I've also continued to travel when I can and in recent years have gotten back to Italy as well as to Macchu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, Japan and China.

Marisa Taney '09

Marisa Taney, '09, (wrote on March 10, 2010 while in Argentina)

I love it here, wish I could stay forever, am working really hard but having a great experience.  Coming back to the states in June to go to Law School.  I got into Harvard, Duke, and NYU so I'll be at one of those places!

On April 28, 2010, Marisa let us know she has decided to go to Harvard Law.  Good luck, Marisa!

Kirby Liu '09

"Dispatches from Kazakhstan"

by Kirby Liu, '09 (wrote on September 13, 2009)

I am in the Republic of Kazakhstan for the next year and a half for a Fulbright grant. I just arrived last week and am still adjusting to the lifestyle here. It gets really cold here (much colder than Hanover) so I am having my mother send me my winter coat.

I hope all is well in Hanover and that you have a great group of kids to work with. I really miss Dartmouth!

Laura Roche '04

I graduated in 2004 with a degree in Comparative Literature, with French and Economics as my comparative disciplines. I was originally an Economics major and French minor, but I decided to change to Comp Lit my junior year. The personalized attention, close community of the majoring class, and ability to do senior thesis research were all highly appealing. My choice of major gelled my interests in such a way that I really consider it to be the defining feature of my Dartmouth education. I chose to write my senior thesis on the Senegalese film director Ousmane Sembene. My senior winter I was chosen for Richter and Dickey Center Grants to travel to Dakar, Senegal to attend a CODESRIA conference on Economic issues relating to a modern day Africa. My undergraduate exposure to foreign cultures and my senior thesis research in Africa were largely instrumental in guiding my future career aspirations.

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