Meghan Peirce ’06 (Wilmington, Del.) took her professional writing degree to a place where most students would not think to take it – Africa.
As part of her 2009 dissertation work at Ohio University, Meghan traveled to Gaborone, Botswana to work as an intern for a radio soap opera drama. Her job was to add character roles who were diagnosed as HIV-positive into a popular soap opera drama. She returned to Africa in 2010 to conduct an audience reception study to understand how fans learn through entertainment.
Having recently graduated from her doctoral program in May 2011, Meghan is now fulfilling her professional ambitions as an assistant professor of new and social media.
“Enough can’t be said about having the skills required to put together a solid resume,” said Meghan. Her advice for current and prospective students is to “be confident in your skills and showcase your professional talents every chance you get.”
Meghan took many memories with her when she left York College. “I have very clear memories from Dr. Zerbe’s first Dreamweaver seminar and how patient he was with all of us,” she said. “It was my first time creating online content, and I had no idea what I was doing.”
When asked about one lesson she took with her from York College, Meghan responded, “quality research stems from quality writing and quality writing stems from quality reading.”
Meghan is engaged to marry Ryan J. Mahoney ’05 in October 2012.
By Katherine Gentile '12, Office of Communications intern
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