Alumni Spotlight: Heather Astorga '09
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My Widener Experience
why did you decide to major in english/creative writing?
As a freshman, I was part of Widener’s exploratory studies program, which allows undecided students to dabble in a few interests before selecting a major. I quickly found my place in the English and creative writing department.
In high school, I had a tendency to be quiet and soft spoken, but through my college courses, I quickly found a voice. Professors have a genuine interest in what they teach and foster an engaging, supportive learning environment. Classes intertwined topics such as psychology, history, and culture in fascinating ways, making every day unique and rewarding.
what is your favorite memory of widener?
Although Widener’s arts department is small, it is mighty. I participated in Widener’s FreshBaked Theatre, an organization committed to providing quality theatre to local schools, free of charge. I was cast as Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. The cast tackled heavy themes, handmade costumes, and creative sets, like a birdcage made from a Papasan chair! At the end of each show, we toured the audience through our cardboard wonderland. It was a show and cause to be proud of, and I’ll always look back on that experience fondly.
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
Don’t let others make you feel studying literature or writing is impractical. The world will always need good communicators and individuals who are confident in expressing themselves. The skills you will develop in this field will help you become a more empathetic and independent thinker.
how has widener prepared you for life after college?
My classes at Widener taught me to always be curious and take advantage of opportunities. I spent 2014 working in the United Kingdom, something I would have never envisioned before I found my voice and courage at Widener. Widener’s focus on community encourages me to value building professional and personal relationships. English and writing classes taught me to self edit and find engaging ways to present information. This is helpful in generating succinct business e-mails as well as providing effective trainings with an understanding of how to reach various audiences.