Sports Writer for Marywood’s The Wood Word, English Major, Mathematics Minor
Profile by Alicia Belch (’17) and Hannah Moore (’18)
Interests and Passions
Paul is a sports writer and radio broadcaster for Marywood University’s newspaper, The Wood Word. He considers writing for The Wood Word akin to having an internship due to the amount of time he invests and experience he receives from his involvement. Paul has also completed an internship working with social media where he posted on Marywood’s blog and twitter account. Paul’s extracurricular activities include bowling, which he has done for the majority of his life, and acting in Marywood’s improv group—Improv Beyond. One of Paul’s favorite books is The Giver. He enjoys this book because it adequately reflects the struggles of responsibility.
Journey to Becoming an English Major
When asked why he chose English, Paul expresses that he entered Marywood University as a math major. However, he realized that this was not his passion and moved to English instead. “Initially, it was a fallback,” Paul states. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I found that English studies can build skills that can be used for so many different things.” He Paul intends to write his capstone paper on the plays Our Town by Thornton Wilder and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. He explains that both of these stories are ‘chilling’ because they hit home with the haunting aspects of life and leave a lasting impression on the reader.
Experience at Marywood
Paul chose Marywood University because of the intimate atmosphere, which he believes would not be obtainable at a bigger school. Paul’s favorite course he has taken at Marywood so far is the Cognitive Psychology course. Although it wasn’t in his major, he greatly enjoyed this course. He explains that he was inspired by his professor, Dr. Sebastiani, and also comments on Marywood’s teaching staff, “That’s one thing about Marywood that I absolutely love—all of the teachers want to help. I have never met one that didn’t care about the students.”
Plans for the Future
Paul states with regard to his future, “I just want to be happy.” He cannot accept the idea of working at a job he’d hate simply because it would allow him to possess certain luxuries. He wants to have a job that he loves, just enough money to be comfortable, and to be surrounded by good people. “There’s nothing wrong with wanting a good paying job and wanting all these other things, but you don’t have to want money. Money doesn’t make people happy, and it never will. I just want to be happy in life.” Paul is graduating this year from the English program, but will continue at Marywood towards his Masters in Business Administration under the general management track.
Paul’s Words of Wisdom
When asked for advice to give to new English majors, Paul stresses the importance of diversifying. He mentions that it is important to take classes that are outside of the English major because it leads to a more well-rounded education. From his own experiences in improvisation, the university newspaper, and elective science courses, Paul has learned to bring his skills from other passions into his English studies. Engaging in Improv Beyond was a humbling experience for Paul that led to a newfound confidence in both his personal and professional life. He states, “I was able to accomplish something out of my element. I really embraced the experience.” Joining Marywood’s improv group is Paul’s biggest accomplishment. He wants future English majors to understand the importance of moving outside of a major and subjecting oneself to new experiences. Paul states, “My advice for future English majors at Marywood is to diversify. Take as much as you can and venture out. Having an open mind provides so many opportunities.”