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Stefani Sloma, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2012-2013

January 11th, 2013 | Posted in Student Profiles | Comments Off on Stefani Sloma, MLitt in Publishing Studies 2012-2013

The main question I get asked here in Scotland is why I decided to come to Scotland for school. To me, it’s a pretty simple answer: I love it here.

I attended Mississippi University for Women for my undergrad, and as part of the Gordy Honors Program there, all residential honors students study abroad after their sophomore year. My year, we came to Edinburgh and took classes in Scottish History and Scottish Literature. I immediately fell in love with the city and the country. Because of my position in the honors college, I was able to come back the next year and act as a mentor for the students then studying abroad in Edinburgh. While there, I conducted research for my senior honors project titled “The City as Character: Edinburgh in the Works of Ian Rankin.”

When I got back to the States, I did an editorial internship with the University Press of Mississippi (by this point, I knew I wanted to do publishing). Walter Biggins, the Acquisitions Editor, and I were having a conversation about my future, and he told me that there are masters programs in Publishing. This was a revelation for me, and as soon as I got home, I began to search for programs, keeping an eye out for those that were in Scotland. When I came across the MLitt in Publishing Studies here at the University of Stirling, I knew that’s where I wanted to go. The program sounded perfect to me, and after Skyping with the program director, Claire Squires, I had no doubt that this was where I needed to be. I’ve only just started the program, and I already love it. You know you should be somewhere when you get so excited to go to class.

Because of the program, I’ve already volunteered at Bloody Scotland and met some amazing authors. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

I’m on Twitter; you can follow me @StefaniSloma