Hailing from nearby Jeffersonville, VT, Marilyn Tagliavia knew what to expect from Johnson State in terms of natural splendor and scenic vistas. What she didn’t anticipate was the number of connections she would make in such a small community and how her plans and perspective would change because of those connections. “I was going to show up, do well, graduate and become a teacher,” Marilyn recalls. Now she’s looking ahead to a spring 2016 graduation with a major in community media and communications with a public relations focus. “So much has changed simply by meeting people in different departments, offices, clubs and even the people who lived next door to me.”
Marilyn has been thrilled with the opportunities to get hands-on experience in her field of study, from working as an editor on the college literary magazine, Pamplemousse, to serving as managing editor of Basement Medicine, JSC’s community newspaper, to working in the college communications office as a content and graphics intern. Additionally, she’s a junior admissions counselor, serving as an enthusiastic ambassador of the college and sharing her experience and insight about life at JSC with prospective students and families.
But Marilyn has a life outside of her major – one that’s dominated by rugby! Her time at JSC opened her eyes to her love of rugby, and you can often find her tearing up the college rugby pitch with JSC’s champion women’s rugby team. Practice and traveling to games take up a lot of her free time, but that’s all right with Marilyn: “I like to keep busy,” she says. When she’s not studying, working or playing Marilyn enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies, exploring Burlington and cooking.
While she doesn’t yet have specific plans after graduation, there’s no doubt that the relevant professional experiences and varied extracurricular activities she has pursued at JSC will go a long way toward making Marilyn’s résumé stand out in a competitive career marketplace. These skills combined with her strong work ethic and wonderful attitude will no doubt leave whatever employer who’s lucky enough to hire her realizing that they struck gold!