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Alumni Profile: Dorisa "Star" Costello '01

Assistant Professor of English
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Major: English

What are you doing now?
I am now an assistant professor of English and linguistics at Vilnius University in Vilnius, Lithuania. 

Tell us about yourself.
After Linfield, I went on to earn my Ph.D. in English and creative writing. I traveled overseas, particularly Europe and became interested in teaching English, specifically literature and literary theory, to non-native speakers. I have lived in Vilnius for four years and love traveling and experiencing different cultures.

How did Linfield help prepare you for your career?
I was nurtured in my love of literature by Drs. Katherine Kernberger and Ken Ericksen. My favorite classes were studying Romantic poetry, Jane Austen and Shakespeare with these brilliant, delightful scholars. I also participated in a January Term course to Spain with Dr. Juan-Manuel Gomez, and studied for a semester in Costa Rica. These opportunities opened me to other cultures and languages, something I still appreciate today. Linfield College absolutely prepared me to live and work in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment where creativity and critical thinking are valued.