Editorial Assistant
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Arushi Grover

Liberal Arts Majors: Comparative Literature, English
Other Major: Theatre Studies
Hometown: Downingtown, Pennsylvania
Experience Time: Summer 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In this experience, I was the editorial assistant for Dr. Jeanmarie Higgins, who is one of the co-editors of "Prompt: A Journal of Theatre Theory, Practice, and Teaching". I worked with her to put together the upcoming issue, Volume II, Issue 4, on "domestic space", in which we pair photos of discarded scenic models with playwrights who write new 1–2 minute plays inspired by their "prompt", the scenic model. I used email correspondence to reach out to our playwrights, people who are professional playwrights and even students here at Penn State, and I organized our Google Drive to allow for it to be inputted into the issue's website easily. I also interned with Dr. Higgins as part of the "International Journal of Education & the Arts", learning about the peer-review and editing process in academic publishing.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience asked me to become acquainted with the system that is used to create new knowledge: peer-review. I was able to better my ability to read theatre criticism, by reading about educators' ways of teaching drama. This also furthered my understanding of what knowledge can look like, by seeing artistic creations used as products of knowledge.

"I want to pursue research related to theatre and literature in my future, so this experience allowed me to have my first brush with academic publishing."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

I want to pursue research related to theatre and literature in my future, so this experience allowed me to have my first brush with academic publishing. The journal, "International Journal for Education & the Arts", also specifically focuses on education from educators' perspective, which allowed me to consider the possibility of going into teaching. I am now considering pursuing further education and career opportunities which allow me to teach, starting with learning how to teach others in my student organization commitments during undergrad.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Enrichment funds have allowed me the opportunity to pursue this internship over the summer in place of a paid-internship. The education I have received in my ENGL and CMLIT classes have given me the skills to be able to read current scholarship, allowing me to succeed in this internship.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program trained me in the ability to read, write, and communicate professionally and academically through the one-year course in "Rhetoric and Civic Life". In being trained in an education of leadership, I was able to use the skills of management and communication during my internship.

For more information on internships for Liberal Arts students, visit our website.
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