Samantha Holmberg '11

Majors: English and French

Graduate degree: Master's of Education, Southern New Hampshire University

What do you do for a living?

I am an English teacher at Springfield High School in Springfield, Vt. 

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

My academic experience at St. Michael's was extremely valuable to the great career I have finally found. The content knowledge of language and all its parts, I mostly learned from studying French grammar, and the literature we studied in my English courses prepared me to discuss, teach, and compare works. I am prepared to manage teams, parents, students, organize my time and work, plan lessons and teach skills because of my college and career experience. Most of all, the focus at St. Mike's on social justice opened my eyes to different worldviews and changed my values forever.

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

My favorite memories always include my friends. We were lucky enough to meet freshmen year and live together until graduation. We were always joking, going on adventures, and talking about school. The support system we built on our shared experience of St. Michael's is incomparable.

How did you translate you volunteer experience at SMC into giving back to your community?

First, I have continued to make myself aware of local, national, or global issues and organizations that hope to provide aid to them. I have led volunteer trips and community service hours for high schoolers, and donated to causes important to me. Most recently, I volunteered at the local Restorative Justice Center, where the community uses Restorative Justice circles to rehabilitate and forgive those who have committed crimes.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Some people are lucky enough to know what career path they'd like to pursue. I was not one of those college students. My advice is to push forward and try a career path or two and keep your eyes and ears open. You will hear about something that sparks your interest or you'll feel what choice to make in your gut. It takes time, and eventually, you will know where you are meant to go. It is never too late to change jobs.

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