Abigail Haynie

Abi is graduating with her Bachelor’s in English.

Abi Haynie

As a transfer student, Abi was incredibly nervous about starting over at a brand new institution. Having formed connections with the English professors at her other school, she thought the adjustment would be daunting. Though unsure about finding a place at Millersville, she found that she was wrong.

Several professors amazed her these past two years. Dr. Craven helped her move things around so she could graduate on time and also assisted her in finding a direction for her thesis project. She calls Dr. Pfannenstiel “an awesome thesis advisor.” She also says that Dr. Pfannenstiel “was incredibly patient with me as I undertook this huge project and made me think about why my project was important to me and the English field.” Another professor, Dr. Kirsten Bookmiller (Government and Political Affairs), sat down to helped her realize that she could use her English degree to pursue interests in human rights and global politics. She is eternally grateful for the academic community at Millersville for making her last two years of undergrad such a special experience.

Her thesis included reusable web content to demonstrate the importance of English majors in the workforce and the career options that English majors have post-grad. She wanted to highlight the broader use of the skills that English majors hone, showing that they can do much more than just write and teach!

AbI did a copywriting internship at Lupeer, a digital marketing company. She wrote online content for a variety of B2B companies with an emphasis on writing manuals and newsletters. She also wrote content for some B2C companies in the form of blog posts, landing pages, sales events, and other marketing campaigns.

Abi’s favorite course was English 274, “Craft of Writing” with Dr. Archibald. The focus was on TV writing for that semester. Even though she does not plan to pursue a job doing screenwriting and does not consider herself great at creative writing, this course pushed her out of her comfort zone. She says that by the end of the semester, she had a pilot episode for an original TV show written!

Presenting with Mikaela, Abi touted the benefits of a digital portfolio at Made in Millersville with her presentation “Building your Brand: Crafting a Digital Portfolio.” Abi was a contributing editor to the Made in Millersville Journal and also participated in the organization Delta Zeta.

After graduating, Abi plans to apply to graduate school at Villanova and Virginia Tech with hopes to earn a master’s degree in political science with a focus on global politics.

Congratulations Abi!  We look forward to hearing more about your career as you write your next chapter.