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    Student Profile:Metasebia Yemane

    Metasebia Yemane, known as Meti, is a senior graduating in May 2007 with a B.A. in English and a minor in International Studies. Now at the end of her rewarding undergraduate years, Yemane has landed an internship at Simon & Schuster for the spring semester.

    The internship is part of the Children’s Publishing Department, called Simon Spotlight. Simon Spotlight deals with publications based on television shows and characters such as Dora the Explorer, Diego, and SpongeBob SquarePants.

    As part of the internship, Yemane’s work includes writing drafts and mailing contracts to contributors, maintaining contact with authors and illustrators, and updating editorial worksheets and blurbs that will go into upcoming catalogs.

    ‘I also go over edited copies of new publications to make sure all of the corrections and suggestions of the editor have been implemented,’ said Yemane.

    On campus, Yemane is the Associate Editor for The Folio, a literary magazine on campus. She is also a tutor at the Writing Center, and has worked as a Peer Career Advisor at the Career Center, where she has assisted students in selecting majors.

    ‘Meti is a pleasure to work with,’ says Jody Cardinal, Interim Writing Center Director and Lecturer from the Writing and Rhetoric Program here at SB. Having known Yemane for a year and a half, Cardinal commented, ‘She is conscientious and responsible. She works well with her colleagues in the Center and with the writers who bring their work. We are very lucky to have her in the Writing Center.’

    At the Writing Center, Yemane helps undergraduate and graduate students improve their writing. She helps them develop ideas, construct a thesis statement, organize long projects and improve the clarity and focus of a writing assignment. Having held a position as a’ Supervising Tutor, Yemane has also mentored other tutors and assisted with other administrative tasks.

    Originally, Yemane had aspired to become a lawyer or a social worker, but as she prepares to graduate she is interested in editing (either for a magazine or newspaper), advertising, or marketing.

    Throughout her four years at SB, Yemane has learned valuable lessons. ‘Do something you’re comfortable with. It must be something you can succeed in and enjoy. And you cannot do something superficially,’ she said.

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