Profile by Hannah Moore (’18)
Noelle Kozak (’13), Young Adult Program Coordinator
Pittston Memorial Library
Where Is She Now?
Noelle Kozak is currently working at the Pittston Memorial Library in Pittston, Pennsylvania as a Young Adult Program Coordinator. In this position, Noelle works primarily with teens and some adults to engage them in various aspects of English.
Noelle remarked that studying English has prepared her greatly for her current job. Not only does Noelle use her English degree in working with books every day, but she states that it has also encouraged her to “be an effective communicator and to imagine people complexly.” She mentioned that these traits help her interact with people daily and also help her lead book discussions. In addition, she uses this background of English to get teens interested in various subjects such as nerd culture and writing; in this realm, she has had great success. She has even been successful in starting a club, she reports, called The Fangirls Fan Club, which is “a celebration of sorts for nerd culture and fandoms.” This group discusses entertainment pieces such as Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Doctor Who.
Outside of work, Noelle continues to actively read and writing; in fact, she mentioned that she even reads more now. She also participates in making literary-themed jewelry which she sells on Etsy outside of the workplace.
Experience at Marywood
Noelle, who graduated with her English degree in 2013, mentioned that studying at Marywood provided some of the best memories of her life. Specifically, she described the trip abroad to England and Ireland with Dr. Sadlack and Sr. Margaret Gannon as her finest Marywood moment. She mentioned that this trip provided her with new friendships and a surreal experience of these countries’ cultures—including finding herself in very close proximity with Queen Elizabeth! She explained that it was an amazing experience to “see what we were reading about.”
Words of Wisdom
When asked about advice for future majors, Noelle stressed the importance of getting involved on campus: “I would say do as much as you can. College is to be enjoyed. Take that class just for fun, you never really know what will end up being useful.” Noelle goes on to state that two classes she took while at Marywood, YA Literature and Children’s Literature, help her every day. She mentioned that her own experience in college was much more rewarding upon joining clubs such as Bayleaf and the English Club: “Having that sense of community really means a lot—especially post-graduation.”