Morristown, N.J. (February 27, 2017) – Forget J.K. Rowling. Amanda Wassel, a junior at CSE, hopes to use her English degree to pen something as impactful as Harry Potter some day. As a transfer student from Sussex County Community College, finding a school with a great English program was a must for Amanda.
"I was told that CSE's English program was good. I visited the campus and thought, 'Okay, I can see myself here,'" says Amanda.
Since starting in the fall of 2016, Amanda has already deeply embedded herself into the CSE community. Currently she works three on campus jobs as: a student employee in the Communication and Marketing Department, a receptionist in Founders Hall and as a writing tutor in the Academic Success Center. On top of that, she's also training to become a community assistant, or a resident assistant, and just starred as Mother Seton, the lead role in CSE's production of "Elizabeth of New York."
In the free time Amanda shockingly manages to find, she's the editor-in-chief of CSE's page on "Odyssey," an online newspaper intent on ensuring that all voices be heard.
"I can't just sit around and wait to publish a book," says Amanda. "I think having all these responsibilities will be good practice for me."
Until her inevitable debut on the New York Times Best Seller list, Amanda plans on pursuing a career in journalism and obtaining a master's in creative writing.
She believes that CSE has played an invaluable role in shaping her future and says, "CSE is perfect for me because I'm used to smaller schools and I know I won't get lost in the shuffle here."
In just under two semesters, Amanda has certainly cemented her place at The College of Saint Elizabeth.
Keep an eye out this spring for Amanda's role of "disciple" in CSE's upcoming musical "Godspell". You can catch this performance on Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m.!