Laurie Schramm Lavietes
Being an English graduate from Duke University has helped me in several ways. First of all, the education itself has provided me with skills that have enhanced my performance professionally. I remember one particular professor, Dr. Dearlove, who pushed me to write better papers grammatically, but she also encouraged original thought and creativity. I also feel that my Duke English degree has been instrumental in making me a more effective communicator, which is extremely important in the business world. Another way that being an English graduate from Duke has helped me is that I am a benefactor of the value of the degree. While I going through the interviewing process for several different positions the fact that I graduated from a highly regarded university was mentioned. I even had one interviewer say to me, "I graduated from Johns Hopkins and I really appreciate the value of a good education; I see that you graduated from Duke?" Being a graduate of Duke University's English program has given me a great sense of pride. Finally, on a more personal level, being a Duke English graduate has further enhanced my love of reading and understanding literature. This love of reading is something that I will have for the rest of my life.