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Major: English

Graduation Year: 2018

Company: Sacramento Theatre Company

Activities: Calliope editor; Tiger Creative; Livermore Shakespeare Festival

Eric Orosco '18

Eric Orosco
"There’s so much flexibility for the English major because no matter where you go, an English major has skills to adapt."

Q: Tell us about your job.
A: I am the group sales manager for Sacramento Theater Company. I coordinate groups of 10 or more that come to our theater. I coordinate with high school groups and get them ready to come to our theater. I bring in a lot of students and large groups to come in. My job's really cool. I went to a lot of art workshops in Sacramento like diversity and equity in Sacramento, so I'm actually looking forward to being a champion for the arts in Sacramento - especially the arts that are made for people of color.

Q: Did your job at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival help you get this one? A: Yes. I would not have this job if it wasn't for my experience at the Livermore Shakespeare Festival. I have a salary, full-time benefits and commission with a managerial position. I have a seat with at the managers' table, and it was because of my work at Tiger Creative that I gained all this marketing experience. I had the interview and got the job!  

Q: Your other job is at "Levee Magazine"?
A: I'm co-editor in chief for "Levee Magazine." My friend, Samantha Daniels, and I both went to American River College where we were editors in chief for the "American River Review." I've always worked in college with literary magazines that published undergraduate stories so after graduating, I wanted to continue working in publishing. I wanted to help design a magazine and help get emerging authors published. I wanted to mix the old and new with even some authors who've been publishing for a while.

My partner and I decided to start our own last May with over 600 submissions. We produced our magazine in December. We are starting issue two. Our admission period is currently open, and I've begun editing for that now. We have some international submissions, someone from Italy and Canada published in our magazine as well, so we hope to become a publishing hub for writers across the world.  

Q: What advice would you give transfer students to get involved?
A: I used my first semester to test out different activities. I was writing for the "Odyssey" for a bit, and I used my passions for writing and acting. So, I found ways to get involved with that on campus. That's how I built my family, and once I had my people and family, Pacific didn't feel new anymore. It felt like I belonged there. So, I would say get involved! Go to clubs and find your people.

Q: What advice do you have for prospective students who are attracted to English as a major but don't see a clear career path?
A: I would say there's so much flexibility for the English major because no matter where you go, an English major has skills to adapt. English teaches you critical thinking skills, how to write clearly and form cohesive sentences, and that itself can give you a leg up on the competition. I would also say that Pacific's English major and writing minor are very flexible and allow you to double major or minor in English while also pursuing a major that you might think opens up unavailable job prospects.

Q: What drew you to Pacific?
A: I wanted to be close to home, but I didn't want to stay in my hometown. I wanted a school with small class sizes, and I wanted to stand out. I felt like I could stand out with Pacific and that I could make my final two years everything that I wanted and needed.