Interview with UMF Alum Hannah Zimmerman

By Robert Drinkwater

Tell us a little about yourself:

I graduated from UMF and got an English degree with a concentration in contemporary literature. I just got a job with Seeds of Peace, so I’m going to be a camp coordinator for them them and I’m moving to New York at the end of the month.

What were the most memorable parts of UMF for you?

I had Christine Darrohn as a professor and I just loved her and adored her classes and her commitment to her students. I learned so much from her and I grew so much as a writer and as a person from her. All the other professors I had like Dan Gunn were really great. All of the professors were fabulous. All the people that I met while at UMF were also wonderful.

What was your favorite part about studying English at UMF?

One of the things that I learned from Darrohn was to really look at the text and to look at it closely and better understand what the author meant intentionally or unintentionally. We’d find so much in such a small paragraph, sentence, or word. So we were really going into the text to figure out what these different meanings were. It was really great and it helped me post UMF.

How did your time at UMF help you beyond the classroom?

Getting my English degree has helped me become a better writer and it has helped me with finding jobs and writing cover letters. I found a cover letter that I wrote before I went to UMF and a cover letter I wrote post UMF and there was a huge difference. There was a huge difference. A really good difference. Going to UMF also taught me to work hard.

What made you want to study English at UMF?

I went to three colleges, UMF was my last one that I graduated from. I ended going to UMF because it had a really good reputation with getting a good education. I’d known a few people who went to UMF and one them said that they had a really good English class and that they really liked that class. I also heard that they had a really good English program. It was also a way cheaper option to go to school, which was important to me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 to 20 years?

I guess I’d love to see myself working for one of the big time publishers in New York being an editor or marketer. Ideally I’d be an editor for Penguin Random House or something like that. That would be great.

What advice do you have for current or future students?

I think taking advantage of the time that your professors are giving you. I would not have gotten as much out of my education without going to conferences and talking to my professors because they have so much to teach you and if they’re willing to give you the time then you should take them up on it because they’re there for a reason and you’re just going to learn so much more if you just spend the time.

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