Christi Sheehan '12
Christi Sheehan completed an English major with a concentration in
Writing as well as a minor in Music.
Q: What kind of work do you do now?
I currently work as an editorial assistant in Classics and World
History at Oxford University Press. My day-to-day responsibilities
include editing manuscripts, keeping in contact with authors
throughout the publication process, securing use of images for the
publication, and acting as a general liaison between Editorial and
the various departments that work on the text.
Q: Which aspects of your Marist experience have proven most useful to your professional life?
Many things at Marist contributed to my success at Oxford. The excellent writing and editorial-based workshop classes
certainly honed my ability to write and edit professionally (special shout-out here to Dr. Donald Anderson, Dr. Angela Laflen,
and Dr. Lea Graham for their careful guidance and individual attention to my skill development). Just as important to my
success are the interpersonal skills that I was able to develop in Marist’s small student-to-professor class ratio environment. Leadership positions that I took in extracurricular activities (specifically Literary Arts Society and Generator Magazine) and the critical personal skills of responsibility, organization, and prioritizing, which became increasingly important for me at Marist as academic demands increased, made me a competitive candidate in the publishing field.
Q: What advice would you have for students just starting out on their college careers?
My advice to the lucky students beginning their Marist experience would be to take advantage of the myriad personal
and academic growth opportunities available. I still talk to my old roommates nearly every day and, in fact, it was a
Marist alum (Maegan Sherlock, ‘09) who was profoundly instrumental in my securing a position at Oxford. Be open to
connections, friendships, and mentorship. In an interesting turn of events, I found myself inviting both Dr. Fitzgibbons
and Dr. Anderson to participate in the review process for pending Oxford publications. I am proud that I was able to
add Marist professors to the worldwide contacts that Oxford utilizes!
Take advantage of the open-door policies that the professors provide. During my time at Marist, individual contacts
with many of my professors deepened my understanding of the classroom academics and provided a larger context
and background for how this information fits into real-life and professional situations. It is not by chance that I work in
the Classics division at Oxford. The background that Dr. Moira Fitzgibbons provided in her challenging Medieval
Literature and History of the English Language courses opened up a literary world which so fascinated me that I
pursued it within my job search. Find your interests and mold them into career opportunities.
Lastly, I would encourage everyone to seek out and take advantage of a mentor. Get to know people, and knock
on doors! (During one of my journalism courses, I gingerly approached Dr. Murray for an interview, and he was
most welcoming and enthusiastic in sharing information with me). In Dr. Donald Anderson I found not only an
advisor but a mentor who was comfortable shooting the breeze about Realism versus Naturalism, exploring the
career paths of Journalism versus English majors, and helping me fall down the rabbit hole as I embraced Lewis
Carroll and many of the other classics, leading me to the career I have today.