Lianna K. Bass

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Hometown

Manasquan, NJ

Favorite Activity

The Monmouth Review and Study Abroad

Faculty Member Influence

It's hard to pinpoint one faculty member in particular. Professor Josh Emmons' advanced creative writing class truly pushed me to be a better writer, and for that I am forever grateful. Dr. Michael Waters and Professor Mike Richison taught me inexpressible amounts of information on editing and publishing, which I know will be useful in my career. Dr. [Lisa] Vetere was also extremely influential on me. If it were not for her guidance, I probably wouldn't have majored in English. I am so incredibly happy I majored in English because it helped me to think critically and analytically, which is vital to any type of profession. I currently have a job in marketing/PR at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium, which works to advance knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey's marine and coastal environment.

How Monmouth helped me achieve my goals

One of Monmouth's best attributes is the relationships that can be formed between students and professors. These direct relationships helped me push myself further as a student and a person in general. Monmouth instills a sense of purpose and involvement in class, which many universities—even private ones—do not.

Organizations that helped me as a student

I was the president and editor-in-chief of The Monmouth Review my senior year, though I was involved with the club for almost my entire time at Monmouth. I made great connections with people who I now consider to be great friends, as well as professors and local artists and musicians. It gave me a background in editing and publishing, which has already proved to be beneficial to my future. I was also president of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. It taught me about rallying a large group of people together to work toward a mutual goal, as well as working with charity organizations. I was involved as a DJ at WMCX for a few years, which gave me a background in sales and radio. Lastly, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, in fall of 2011. My experience there was absolutely amazing and was by far the best thing I did in college and possibly in my life thus far.

Collaborations that I've been involved with

As editor-in-chief of The Monmouth Review and president of Sigma Tau Delta, I was able to collaborate with other students and faculty on a daily basis.

Why I'm proud of Monmouth

I'm proud to be part of Monmouth because of its fantastic reputation in the scholarly world. I am also proud to have been able to learn from some of the most brilliant and fantastic faculty members in the country.

My favorite Monmouth memory

My favorite memory was spending time with my phenomenally talented friends in The Monmouth Review and, of course, living in Italy and traveling all over Western and Central Europe.