Olivia Vittitow on Professional Writing, Editing a Publication, and being a Financial Peer Coach
Olivia Vittitow, '19
Communication & Creative Media
Editing & Publishing
London, United Kingdom
Intern at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington, VT
Copywriter at Dealer.com in Burlington, VT
One of the classes with the most rewarding projects was the Publishing in the 21st Century course. I actually got to publish an anthology of Champlain student poetry.
What makes the Professional Writing program unique?
The Professional Writing program is so wonderful because it feels like a little bubble of inclusivity. Our artistic license and wingspan is constantly supported by every one of the faculty members, and they never fail to make you aware of that. I love that we are treated both as artists and technicians in our writing.
What was a memorable class project you completed?
One of the classes with the most rewarding projects was the Publishing in the 21st Century course. I actually got to publish an anthology of Champlain student poetry. We did almost everything ourselves, from choosing the poems and photographs for inclusion to designing and sending off the files to the printer to coordinating where we would sell the publication. This was such a real-world experience that translated directly to my major and what I wanted to pursue in my career, which is incredible.
Can you talk about your experience with the InSight program?
I actually worked with the Career Collaborative as a Financial Peer Coach. This position included holding office hours, when we gave students one-on-one appointments to review their credit reports, held workshops on personal finance, and helped students navigate their InSight milestones. I gained a ton of relevant life skills, like getting well trained in many aspects of personal finance, especially understanding credit.
Thomas Rose on Finding the Perfect Major, Getting Published, and Having Meaningful Conversations
Thomas Rose, '17
Communication & Creative Media
Student Writer Intern at Champlain Marketing Department in Burlington, VT
Deputy Editor in Chief at Salt & Wonder Magazine
I've found numerous mentors and had the pleasure of having real discussions with faculty who treat their students not as pupils, but as people with valuable perspectives.
What made you choose Professional Writing?
I originally came to Champlain as a Computer Science & Innovation major. I felt pretty confident that I wanted to do computer science, but after a year in the program I realized programming wasn't for me. It wasn't fulfilling any of the creative drive I had. With the guidance of my professors, I switched into Creative Media for a little bit. I realized I was looking for more structure, so I turned to the Professional Writing major.
How has Champlain prepared you for the publishing industry?
I was looking for a program that was along the lines of, "Enter this course, do these tasks and assignments, and you'll come out with these learned skills." I've been thrilled with my progress in the Professional Writing program. I've been able to secure two internships, showcase my work at multiple readings, and had pieces published online and in print.
How would you describe the professors at Champlain?
The professors here care immensely about their students. I've found numerous mentors and had the pleasure of having real discussions with faculty who treat their students not as pupils, but as people with valuable perspectives. In fact, almost everyone I've met through school is passionate, motivated, thoughtful, and openhearted. It's an amazing community.