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Alumni Spotlight: Jacqueline Bull
Current job title
Assistant Editor for the San Diego Jewish Journal
Describe your current position
I write articles for the San Diego Jewish Journal, edit articles, take a little bit of photography, and manage the CMS.
To what extent does writing relate to your current position? /
What type of writing/design do you do for work?
I write articles about different organizations and people in the San Diego community and what is important to them and what effect they are trying to make on the world.
Please briefly describe your path from graduation at GVSU to
your current position.
I did a few different jobs and internships during my time at GVSU. In the summer semester after I graduated, I had an internship with Current Magazine in Ann Arbor. After my internship was completed, I stayed on as a staff writer for over a year. Then, I moved to San Diego and began working at the position I'm in now.
What parts of the writing major had the strongest impact on
you as a professional?
I think the writing major at GVSU provided a great foundation for how to think about writing and understand how to be critical and discerning about the ways to write in different contexts. We also learned about the legacy of the discipline and learning who came before you and figuring out where you see yourself in the community, which wouldn't necessarily be something you learn on the job.
What advice would you offer to current/future writing majors
at Grand Valley?
My advice would be not to expect that going to class and doing the work is enough to prepare you for life after college. If you want to grow as a writer, you need to be engaging socially with your peers and talking and sharing your work outside of class. I really enjoyed and valued the classes, but some of the most important learning was through my time working at the writing center, getting involved with fishladder, talking with my professors at office hours, and making meaningful friendships with other writers.
Everyone will tell you "Get involved!" and that is true, but I think the real message is take advantage of the environment you are. Benefit from the people that are around you and grow and challenge each other. Who makes you laugh in class? Whose writing do you connect with? They want to be your friends, too. I think sometimes the "Get Involved!" message reads as more about padding your résumés, and that is important, but it is really about the value of having other writers as friends.