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Professional Writing Minor Alumni

Below are brief profiles of some of our recent alumni. In their own words, they describe their experiences as students in the professional writing minor. All of us in the professional writing minor are grateful for having had the opportunity to work with these fine students!

Jacklynn Pham

Jacklynn Pham graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2011 with a major in English and minors in Professional Writing and Graphic Design. She currently works full-time in a communications position for a small Colorado company where she audits their social media, manages programs, and creates general communications and marketing pieces for them. She also does freelance graphic design work for various companies in and out of Colorado.

“The Professional Writing Minor is an extremely adaptable program that can benefit anyone. It's an opportunity to improve your writing skills if you need it or delve deeper into communication if it's already something you enjoy. I love it because it's given me a background of experiences and knowledge that have sincerely influenced my perspective and how I communicate.”

You can see more of her work here.

Ben Parkhurst

Ben Parkhurst graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2009 with a double major in Economics and Environmental and Natural Resources and a double minor in Professional Writing and Statistics. He currently works as the Manager of Forest Carbon Projects at the Blue Source company in San Francisco.

"I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Professional Writing Minor to anyone.  It not only made me a well-rounded and confident writer, but I believe it helped me get accepted into graduate school and obtain my current job.  During one of my job interviews the interviewer asked me for details about the professional writing minor, so I told them about a couple of the classes and described why they had given me strong writing skills.  Two days later I got the job.  Coincidence?  I'll let you decide...."

Caitlin White

Caitlin White graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2011 with a major in Journalism and a minor in Professional Writing. She currently works as the Wyoming Congressional Award Communications Manager.

“Completing the Professional Writing Minor was the best decision I made during my undergraduate education. The Professional Writing Minor was as beneficial as my major in preparing me to succeed in the workplace and in graduate school. I continue to use the skills developed through the minor daily in my job as a communications manager for a non-profit organization. In addition, the innovative learning provided by the minor has allowed me to excel through my research and writing in graduate school.”

See more of her work here.

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