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Samantha Allen

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’15 Communication Arts and Sciences, English | Managing Editor, Forbes Home | Denver, CO
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Samantha Allen

Liberal Arts Majors: Communication Arts and Sciences, English

Hometown: South Williamsport, PA

Current Location: Denver, CO

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

I completed two major internships: Blue Tomato, a restaurant reviewing website, in 2013 in London and Oprah Magazine in 2014 in New York City. During my Blue Tomato internship in London, I also took an English class in London.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

I was lucky enough to get hired by Oprah Magazine straight out of school. I kept a good relationship with the magazine throughout my senior year and there was an opening when I graduated.

What was your favorite class and who were your favorite faculty members?

Janet Lyon was by far the best professor I had in terms of honors English. She opened my eyes and my entire world to disability theory and discourse. Jon Olson, who just retired, was an incredible writing teacher who prepared me for the world of mentoring and clear instruction. Finally, my journalism ethics classes with John Sanchez truly changed my life and prepared me for the world of journalism, and doing things the right way.

How did the Paterno Fellows Program enhance your experiences and opportunities as a student?

Not only was I able to get involved in more programs while I was there because of Paterno Fellows, but I was able to get funding for my two internships, which I couldn't have taken without that funding.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

Contextually, my liberal arts education gave color to the world around me. I'm an excellent communicator, which translates in every single profession.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

Networking is crucial to getting amazing opportunities. Talent only takes you so far, and when you know the hiring manager for a job you'd be perfect for, you're much better off than someone who doesn't have the same connections.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

Mentors have been so important in my growth. The woman who hired me as Oprah Magazine intern is an important person in my life today. Before I took the Forbes job, we had a catch-up call and she gave me such good advice going into my first manager role.

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