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Snapshot of a Graduate: Erica Ruscio

Editor’s Note: Where can a Keuka degree take you? This is the fourth in a series of snapshot profiles on members of Keuka’s Class of 2013.

erica ruscio, keuka grad, 2013, graduate assistant, master'sErica Ruscio ’13 graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English and visual and verbal art. The Middlesex resident will be pursuing a master’s degree in English with a concentration in children’s literature at Kansas State University this fall. Ruscio landed a graduate teaching assistantship where she said she will “earn her keep” by teaching one section of expository prose, similar to Keuka’s freshman composition course, in the fall and two sections in the spring.

Ruscio said she believed the Field Period experience she could include in her admission application, particularly one Field Period working with the children’s librarian at the Penn Yan Public Library, helped showcase her as a desirable candidate. Keuka’s Field Period is a 140-hour annual internship or exploratory study required each year for undergraduates.

During her time at Keuka, Ruscio participated in the annual Red Jacket Literary journal, the Arion Players theatrical presentations, wrote a College blog for incoming freshman, and showcased several paintings, mixed media and photos in the senior art show. She said Keuka provided her the ability to explore what she really wanted to do with her life through its internships, small class sizes, and “awesome professors and advisers.”

“If it hadn’t been for Keuka, the Field Period [program], and my first advisor, Ms. Harris, I may have been stuck writing press releases instead of studying literature, making art, and doing what I really want to do,” Ruscio said.

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3 Responses to Snapshot of a Graduate: Erica Ruscio

  1. Amanda Harris says:

    Erica, thank you for the compliment. It was a pleasure to have you as my student and advisee, and I am very proud of your accomplishments. Congratulations and my wishes for success and happiness in your new career! Please stay in touch.

    Ms. H

  2. Casey Kendall says:

    Congratulations Erica!

  3. Lynn Ewanow says:

    Dear Erica,

    I loved reading your “snapshot” and want to invite you, if you are still at Kansas State University (I am located in 212 Seaton Hall. I graduated from Keuka in 1975 with a degree in art and psychology and credit my undergraduate experience with providing an excellent foundation in the liberal arts and sciences and for entering graduate school I was also confident in taking on new challenges. After completing my masters degree in Landscape Architecture, I accepted a position on the faculty at Kansas State University in 1979 and have enjoyed every aspect of living in Kansas and working at Kansas State University. Go Cats!



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