From engineering to writing – NAU has it all. In our newest blog series, we will be featuring a wide variety of NAU Alumni. We’re calling it “Leap Forward with Lumberjack Alumni.” If you have ever wanted advice from those who have “been there, done that,” keep reading!

 

Jeffrey Roberts, Class of 1974

Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Master of Arts in American History

Author

Jeffrey Roberts

What was your career plan during college? Did this change once you graduated?

“My career plan during college was fluid, but what I really wanted was to be a college Professor. Yes, it definitely did change once I graduated! What’s that phrase – ‘The best laid plans of mice and men….’”

How did NAU prepare you for your career?

“NAU prepared me for my writing career because I had superb teachers, such as Dr. McGahee. I became disciplined in my writing.”

Where are you now?

“I am an independent author now, and I have been published in Fate magazine, UFO Digest, Government Conspiracy.com, and I have a short story coming out in Sci Phi Journal, around April entitled BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. Also this summer I have a book coming out, a novella entitled CHERRIES IN WINTER, to be published by Kellan Publishing Co. It’s a science fiction historical romance, between 2016 and 1916.”

What advice do you have for current NAU students?

“My advice for current NAU students? …don’t take yourself too seriously, and study hard – all the while enjoying it!”

What was your favorite part about NAU Flagstaff?

“My favorite part of my NAU/Flagstaff experience? The “countrified” atmosphere, tons of friends that I am blessed to have known; and the wonder of seeing people, places, and things I would never have experienced otherwise! My mind was broadened and my life enriched at NAU. Those memories will be with me for 1000 years!”

Jeffrey’s books, THE HEALER, is available on Amazon (http://amzn.to/ZDv24p) and IN THE SHADOW OF THE HOUSE OF GOD, will be available everywhere around March.

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Margeaux Anderson, Class of 2012

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering

Strategic Project Manager

Margeaux Anderson

What was your career plan during college? Did this change once you graduated?

“My plan in college was to line up a job for after graduation. I interned with a few companies over summer breaks and ended up getting a full time job offer from two companies upon graduation.”

How did NAU prepare you for your career?

“The science and engineering classes helped me prepare by honing my critical thinking skills. These skills have helped me realize that there is more than one possible solution to a problem. Additionally the EGR classes helped me learn the best place for me is in management and that I have a natural management style that lends itself to organizing and motivating people to accomplish a specific task.”

Where are you now?

“Currently I work for Desert Paper and Envelope in Albuquerque, NM. My position here allows me to use my natural project management skills to help all of the different sectors of the business as well as learn new things such as hiring. I never would have thought I would be in charge of hiring and new employee orientations!”

What advice do you have for current NAU students?

“My advice for current students is to really explore job opportunities and internships while you are in school. Not only can this let you test out what your career field will actually be like, but it will help you build a network of people to reach out to when you are looking for a job after graduation. Most professionals can relate to what it is like to be a student looking for a job or an internship and are more willing than you think to sit down with you and help.”

What was your favorite part about NAU Flagstaff?

“My favorite part about NAU was the snow. I remember how surprised I was to see people ski to class my first semester!”

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