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Gabriella Rodriguez, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-18

December 7th, 2017 | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Gabriella Rodriguez, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2017-18

There are exactly three things that I have been passionate about for as long as I can remember: reading, writing, and seeing new places. I was five years old when I read my first book, and eight years old when I wrote my first story. Then there was traveling – every summer my family and I would leave the US and spend several weeks roving around Europe, mainly Portugal and Spain. At the end of these trips I would grudgingly board a plane back to the little state called Connecticut.

I spent my undergraduate years at Salve Regina University in the US, studying English Communications and Creative Writing. I freelanced as a writer and proof reader, wrote for the university newspaper, and helped produce the student literary magazine. For whatever reason, I was never sure what career path I wished to pursue after I finished my degree, and it seemed like the years were slipping by too quickly for me to keep up. However, during my third year I decided I needed to travel again. I spent the spring of 2016 studying in London, which would quickly become one of my favorite cities. During these four months I took a class on the British publishing industry, and even got the opportunity to attend the London Book Fair.

My experience in London sparked an interest in publishing, and made me love living and studying abroad. I finally knew that I wanted to work in the publishing industry, so during my last year at university I began looking into graduate programs. Stirling quickly caught my interest. As soon as I arrived I fell in love with the campus and everything the university has to offer, including the Publishing Studies course that I have already learned a great deal from. I am especially interested in editorial and design, but find most facets of the industry fascinating. I’m looking forward to the next year, and hope to learn as much as I can about publishing, make connections within the industry, and take advantage of all the exciting opportunities that arise.

I have a blog, but you can also find me on Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.