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Sarah Gries

BA in English, minor in Criminal Justice

Graduated in 2016

Sarah Gries was one of four English majors at National Geographic Learning in Spring 2015.

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The connection between classroom experiences, specifically in Professor Cordell’s class, and co-op “has been immeasurable,” said Sarah. “I feel my time in both environments has really built on each other.”

As a Production co-op, Sarah’s goal was able to “get a detailed look at the publishing world” and to learn as much as possible from the production, technology and editorial departments.  “Getting to work for multiple departments during my time there opened my eyes to the need for certain skills in this industry.”  While every publishing company will be different, the skills Sarah honed, and the learning that she experienced at National Geographic Learning,  “will no doubt help me at any publishing job in the future. I understand the relationship between departments to be instrumental in the success of textbook.  Interdisciplinary work is what makes NGL work and stand out from the crowd of other textbook companies.”

Sarah credits Professor Ryan Cordell‘s Technologies of Text class for preparing her in theory for what she witnessed in action- that “publishing is evolving; it is no longer strictly about printed material. It not clear where is going yet but you have to be open to different places it may go.” The connection between classroom experiences, specifically in Professor Cordell’s class, and co-op “has been immeasurable,” said Sarah. “I feel my time in both environments has really built on each other.”

In the short term Sarah is looking “forward to bringing my newly developed technical side to the novel-centric and film classes I’m taking.”

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