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Shannon Andrews

Shannon Andrews

I have always loved books, so, of course, I wanted to major in English in college. When I learned Iona offered a five-year BA/MA program in English, I knew Iona was the place for me — I could nurture my love of literature, pursue my dream of working in publishing and start my career sooner than I’d hoped.

I wanted to get involved and to meet people who had similar passions, so during my first week at Iona, I attended the Involvement Fair to learn what activities the school had to offer. There were so many clubs and groups to choose from. And then I found the one that was perfect for me. I discovered that Iona has a student-run literary magazine, and after talking to some of the student board members, I signed up for the weekly meetings of Kaleidoscope Literary Magazine and couldn’t wait to get started. The Kaleidoscope team quickly became my college family, and after my freshman year, I became Managing Editor, assisting with our weekly meetings and coordinating with our off-site publisher. Working on Kaleidoscope became one of the brightest highlights of my college years.

In junior year, I started taking graduate-level classes. I was a little nervous, but my professors were so helpful. I quickly became comfortable and learned I was more than capable of the work. I also learned that I could take an internship for college credit. So that summer, I started pursuing my dream career — I interned for a small publishing house in Louisiana.

After that, I was eager to gain more experience. Luckily, Iona offers many opportunities for internships. I applied for a second internship at Marvel Entertainment and was thrilled when they chose me. Though I was new to comics, I quickly fell in love with the industry and was so excited to be working with some of the most creative people I’ve ever met.

After my graduation, Marvel offered me a full-time job. I was ecstatic to have landed my first job in publishing so quickly and with such a fantastic company, and I couldn’t have done it without Iona. The internship opportunity, the classes, my teachers, my work on Kaleidoscope all helped to open the door to publishing for me.

Though I still had two semesters of graduate courses ahead of me to complete the MA portion of the program, the English department helped me to arrange a schedule that would allow me to attend classes and work full-time. Some of my professors even agreed to holding classes on weekends and evenings to help those of us who were working and trying to complete our Master’s degrees.

Iona wants its students to succeed and everyone at the College does whatever they can to make that happen. I came to Iona with a dream of pursuing a career in publishing. My dream has come true, and I have Iona to thank for that.

Shannon Andrews at Marvel