Dec 102010
 
Authors: Laura Esposito, College Avenue

Expressive chameleons. A jack of all trades. English majors with a concentration in creative writing at CSU are discovering that the job market after graduation is truly theirs for the taking.

With an average of 44 students graduating from the major with a creative writing concentration in the last three years, all of them most likely went into entirely different careers.

Sheila Dargon, the undergraduate program assistant for the department, said that students are drawn to the program because of the freedom of creativity given to them before and after graduation.

“We have students who are interested in poetry, non-fiction, fiction and writing. But they really get a little bit of everything,” Dargon said. “It’s pretty interesting when (students) come back and tell you what they do now.”

Keller Eherenman, a senior who is graduating this December, said he is very satisfied with the degree he will receive.
“For me, creative writing was probably the best of a range of choices,” Eherenman said. “It was definitely the most entertaining.”

Eherenman knows that the major he followed may not be the most popular on campus, but is optimistic about finding work after he is handed his diploma.

He currently has an interest in writing for a local magazine or literary journal while also searching for an internship.

“With creative writing you’re given the freedom to do both. It isn’t something you have to do from 9 to 5 but you can supplement it with something like an internship or a job and then do writing on the side,” Eherenman said.

During his time at CSU, Eherenman has had the freedom to hone his skill while remaining in a structured learning environment that promotes a mix of writing with the study of literature.

“I like the satisfaction that comes with learning a skill that isn’t widely used or acknowledged,” Eherenman said. “It’s sad to say, but it’s almost an archaic trade. I like knowing that I can do it, and I that can do it well.”

Eherenman is confident he will find his niche in the working world and is happy he had the opportunity to explore his interests.

“Most employers look for the degree rather than the major,” Eherenman said. “With that in mind I chose creative writing because it was something I was interested in. I mean, some of the best Microsoft programmers graduated with degrees in psychology.”

College Avenue magazine staff writer Laura Esposito can be reached at csumag@lamar.colostate.edu.

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