Creative Writing

Ariana Carpentieri, 2018

Ariana CarpenterHOMETOWN: NEW CITY, NY

“STAC helps you figure out what you want to do with your life and in your career.”

Ariana Carpentieri always knew she wanted to write. She says she has loved words – writing them, reading them – for as long as she can remember. That passion for reading and writing only intensified as she grew older.

When it came time to apply to colleges, Ariana looked closely at three, and St. Thomas Aquinas College was one of them. But it wasn’t until she met Dr. Staci Shultz, assistant professor of English at STAC, that she knew St. Thomas Aquinas College was THE one.

“I was immediately captivated by what Dr. Shultz had to say about the English and Creative Writing departments. I knew that this was where I belonged,” Ariana explains. “Now, as a senior, I can safely say that coming to STAC was one of best decisions of my life.”

She says studying Creative Writing and English at STAC seems “very different” from the way other colleges she visited approach the major. She was drawn to STAC’s promise of close working relationships with professors, the opportunity to double major and the English and Creative Writing Department’s commitment to exploring and providing opportunities to embark upon career tracks in the major. She has not been disappointed.

In fact, it was on a school trip to publishing giant Simon & Schuster in New York City that Ariana discovered her calling…a career in the publishing industry.

“As much as I love writing, I really didn’t know what I wanted to do with my degree. The people at STAC helped me focus on a career direction,” Ariana says. “Publishing, specifically editorial work, is where I want to be.”

Ariana already has one internship under her belt at Wunderkind PR, which turned into a part-time job during her junior year. But she plans to apply for another internship this spring at Simon & Schuster or Penguin Random House, with the hope that it will turn into a job post-graduation. One day, she hopes to write her own book.

Here on campus, Ariana keeps busy until that day comes. She is editor in chief of Odyssey, an online publishing platform, and Voyager, the college’s literary journal. She also participates in an editor-at-large program with The Huffington Post, serves as recruitment chair for Alpha Phi Omega service organization and is vice president of Spartan Scribes, STAC’s creative writing club. She currently works in the Financial Aid department as a Work Study Student, and she’s been on the Dean's List consecutively since the spring of 2015.

“At STAC, you won’t feel like a number. You know your professors and you know your fellow students,” Ariana says. “I tell freshman to enjoy every moment. College is where you’re going to spread your wings, where you’ll find yourself. This is your garden. And when you plant your seeds here, I promise STAC is going to help you grow.”