What our graduates are doing
My name is Diana Bedoya and I graduated from Montclair State University in 2005 with a degree in Classics and General Humanities and a minor in Latin. Since my graduation, I’ve worked in dramatic publishing and licensing, and my background in the Classics has helped me a great deal. Modern drama (and modern art in general) owes a lot to the Classics and my studies into the Greco-Roman era of art, literature, and history have made me more aware of the trends and connections that bridge the ancient and the modern.
Now, I am starting a new phase of my career in recruitment. In my new job, I encounter people from all walks of life, from administrative assistants to CEO’s of multi-billion dollar global corporations. When interacting with so many people, I find that my education is one of my greatest assets. My classical studies made me a more articulate individual, not only because the degree requires intensive reading and writing, but because it delves into the roots and mechanics of language. The Classics also allow me to draw from a great fountain of knowledge and shared history when I need to connect with people, and it is this connection that lies at the very heart of my career.
The benefits of a classical education go far beyond the classroom. The Classics allow us to look across the centuries for the answers we need today.
I graduated from Montclair State University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s Degrees in Humanities and History. I also double minored in Classics and Asian Studies. I went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. Since September of 2012, I have been an elementary teacher at John F. Kennedy School in North Bergen, NJ. The well rounded education I received from the Humanities department has helped me greatly in the classroom. I strive to make my students good people and well rounded citizens. Aside from teaching, I am also a marching tech for the North Bergen High School marching band, a basketball coach for the Franklin Lady Falcons, and I guest conduct the Kennedy concert band.
My name is Julia Caruso and I graduated from Montclair State University in 2014 with a degree in General Humanities and a minor in Psychology. Studying the Humanities has influenced my perspective tremendously and I can't speak highly enough about my decision. After graduating, I spent nine months traveling all over the world, eventually reaching eleven countries. I went to a bunch of new states, too! My understanding of art, architecture, literature and history in a global capacity enriched these experiences beyond belief. I was able to connect with my surroundings in a way that would have been impossible had I not been given so much cultural knowledge in my studies. I now volunteer as a sexual assault victim advocate at Bellevue Hospital Center and I also volunteer at a safe home for women who were victims of trafficking. I'm eagerly looking forward to pursuing a Masters of Social Work degree in Manhattan this coming fall.
My name is Christian Goebelbecker, and I graduated in 2013 with my degree in Humanities. This choice of program was primarily motivated by my strong general interest in the human experience, which I sought to develop through intensive study of art, culture, history, literature, and mythology. Given the flexibility of the Humanities major, I was able to graduate with eclectic body of knowledge that was instantly transferable to my graduate studies, helping me earn my Master of Arts in Teaching (English) degree, also from Montclair State University, in 2016.
Blending my undergraduate and graduate studies and degree experience, I was able to establish a career as soon as I graduated, teaching 10th Grade English at one of the top charter schools in the state of New Jersey, where I make significant academic contributions (including designing the curriculum for a Mythology and Folklore class). Without many long hours and great classes in Dickson and University Hall, none of this would have been possible.
My name is Jaden Jackson and I recently graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in both Political Science and Jurisprudence, Law, and Society— as well as a Minor in Classics. My background in Classics has helped me identify the ways in which I want to help society. It has taught me the importance of learning from history’s mistakes to better the future while also deepening my appreciation for art, literature, and human interaction. Through the Classics minor I was able to understand my purpose in the world, which lies in helping others and working for society through the use of law and government, just as the Romans and Greeks did before us.
Since graduation I have obtained employment as a Law Clerk in Manhattan at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP. Simpson Thacher is one of the Top Ten global leaders in the legal world, and it is here that I hope to refine and polish my understanding of the legal field before attending law school. While the future is never set in stone and has the capacity to change, I plan to use the knowledge gained at Montclair State in conjunction with the knowledge gained at law school to pursue a career in International Law and Affairs before entering into government service. Luckily for me, my background in Humanities will take me far in each of these roles, and will feed my desire to give back to the world.
My name is Nick Lomauro and I graduated from Montclair State University in 2013 with a degree in General Humanities. Studying humanity opened my mind in more ways than I could have imagined. It taught me just how small I am in the timeline of history. However, along the way I was able to conceptualize life, death, good, evil and everything in between. General Humanities inspired me to recognize my potential and responsibility to pursue a modest, balanced, and happy life. My studies have not and will not end. I will continue to learn, grow, and share the power of wisdom.
Only a few weeks after graduation I had an experience of a lifetime. I hiked a 500 mile ancient pilgrimage trail through Northern Spain, El Camino de Santiago. My background in humanities came in quite handy when I encountered numerous situations that tested my resolve. I found myself reflecting back on classroom discussions, literature, and ultimately history which helped me act with a sense of mindfulness.
I now have a job, a great one at that. Finding a job that strongly correlates with my foundation and values has led me to a great career path. I am Director of Youth Development at Somerset Hills YMCA in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. I am responsible for developing positive relationships with teens, from middle school to high school, through creative adventure based programing, volunteerism, and social responsibility. The Y brings people together. We have over 20,000 members to prove it. We work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The ultimate trifecta: Spirit, Mind, and Body.
My name is Carolina Soares and I graduated from Montclair State University in 2010, with a degree in General Humanities and Classics (with a minor in Latin and Archaeology). Since my graduation, I received a Masters in Theology, taught high school Theology for two years, and am now working as a Catholic Youth and Young Adult Minister in Philadelphia!
As a Youth and Young Adult Minister, I am responsible for the planning, coordination, promotion, and facilitation of various programs in Northeast Philadelphia. My background in Classics and General Humanities allows me to “think outside the box” and implement various teaching methodologies to help people with diverse backgrounds learn and grasp anything I am presenting. Through the use of history, art, and music, I create an environment that invites participants of different faith, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds to delve deeper into the material presented and apply what they learn to their everyday lives!
I am truly grateful for the education and experience I received from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Montclair State University. I can honestly say that my degree in Classics and General Humanities has come in handy in all the work I have done and continue to do!! Did I mention how handy my Latin has been in reading and translating different papers and documents, including my Master’s degree (which is written entirely in Latin!)?
April-Ann Tass graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Humanities. She is currently working as an Activities Assistant at an assisted living facility specializing in memory care. In addition to her primary job she is a professional voice actor. She has performed at several conventions and participated in numerous panels for voice acting. Her voicework can be found in a wide range of projects including indie video games and original animations as well as vocals for game soundtracks.