Kit Hughes ’06
“It wasn’t until my senior year that I realized what I wanted to do with my English degree. (And at the time, that felt like forever.) I joined the major because I loved to read—and I stayed because of the excitement of analysis and the pleasure of working collaboratively to explore the mechanics of meaning. As I explored film courses towards the end of my time at Bucknell, I realized my passion for media studies—and for the academy itself. I wanted to be a professor. I took a gap year after graduating to move to London and apply to graduate programs. The next year I started a Master’s program in film and media studies at the University of Texas at Austin. After getting my degree in 2009, I took another gap year to serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Baltimore and apply to Ph.D. programs. From 2010-2015 I worked towards my doctorate at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Directly after graduating, I taught for a year as an assistant professor at Miami University before moving to Fort Collins, Colorado, where I now teach in the Communication Studies department at Colorado State University.
“The rigor of the English courses at Bucknell couldn’t have prepared me better for the wide range of activities and jobs I pursued after graduating. I’ve worked an archivist, organized professional conferences, co-edited several journals, collaborated on a major NEH grant, and taught, wrote, and researched on a range of topics. Through my coursework and under mentorship of the attentive faculty within the English department, I learned to appreciate—and even enjoy—the difficult craft of writing. And perhaps more importantly, I developed my abilities as a critical thinking, empathetic and responsible citizen and community member.”
Cristiane Maia ’13
Christiane Maia works at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), the international visual effects company founded by George Lucas. In recent years she’s worked on Ready Player One, Deepwater Horizon and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Based in San Francisco, Maia uses expertise gained through her double-major at Bucknell in Film/Media Studies and Computer Science, to digitally prepare ILM materials before they’re sent to vendors for augmentation. She and colleagues created Women in Visual Effects, a portrait and video series featuring top women in a field where 83 percent of the workers are men. “Our focus is to educate and inspire those who are unaware of our industry,” says Maia, a native of Brazil who grew up on Long Island before coming to Bucknell. Her advice is to be persistent. “The first time I interviewed at ILM, I was rejected,” Maia says. “But the next job I saw, I thought if I wanted it, I had to keep trying. If you know you’re meant to do it, you just have to keep trying.”