My experiences within AUP’s Comp Lit department proved integrally formative and are still influencing my life today. I finished my BA in 2004 and continued my literature studies independently while working as a creative consultant in the gift-ware and home furnishings industries. In 2009 I began a MA in English at Hunter College of the City University of New York, which I hope to finish this summer. I have just applied to several PdD programs in Comp Lit (cross your fingers), and am working in the English Department at Hunter College. I live in Brooklyn, New York, and I thoroughly blame my grad school habit on the wonderful individuals who taught me literature during my undergraduate years.