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Laura Reiter

Class of 2010
Major/Minor: Double major, International Studies, Philosophy. Minor, East Asian Studies Concentration

Where else can an undergrad work on half a dozen different publications before their senior year?

How has your liberal arts education influenced you? How do you apply your Liberal Arts Education in your current career?

As an undergraduate, I never imagined that I would end up going in publishing but, given my experiences at Washington College, maybe I shouldn’t have been surprised. Where else can an undergrad work on half a dozen different publications before their senior year?

After graduation I went overseas to teach English for a year and, when I was preparing to come back home, I applied for an internship with an association in DC. They had several open intern positions and, after one look at my resume, placed me in publications. Four months later I had a full-time job in publishing.

Almost everyone in my department has a degree in English but working for an academic publisher means talking to authors about more than grammar. We publish texts spanning the social sciences and humanities, so, now, I’m helping to create the same kinds of books that were on my syllabi in college. All of those classes in political science, economics, and philosophy, and, more importantly, the skills that I learned from them have helped me in ways that I did not expect.

Then again, is there an industry where being able to read and write critically, ask the right questions, and state your position clearly is not an asset? Those, for me, are the most important takeaways from the Washington College education.

Who was your favorite faculty member? Story?

Two immediately come to mind: Dr. Oros and Dr. Brien.

By sheer luck (and the clever summer advising of Dr. Wade) I had a class with each of them during the fall of my first semester. Over the next four years I made the transition from overwhelmed freshman to college graduate and both were there every step of the way, reassuring my parents during family weekends, welcoming me into their homes, even checking in on my health when the flu was going around, and finally acting as my thesis advisers.

Both took a vested interest in me as a student and a person and continued to give the best advice when I considered life after Washington College.

What is your favorite Washington College memory?

“Snowmageddon” happened in the spring of my senior year and, what was a disaster for road crews, was a dream come true for a college student. Some of the exchange students that I lived with in East Hall had never even seen snow before, so we all spent a class-free week loitering around the dining hall and sledding down dorm steps on trays.


Campus Involvement
  • Majors: International Studies and Philosophy Concentration: East Asia
  • Languages: Spanish and Mandarin Chinese
  • Study Abroad: Fall 2008-Spring 2009, Lingnan University in Hong Kong
  • Internship: Writing Center Internship
  • International Studies Council
  • Model United Nations
  • String Ensemble
  • Philosophy Club
  • Writing Center
  • International Studies Review
  • Apeiron
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