A probing, inquisitive nature and a talent for clear, effective communication are qualities that skillful journalists possess. Diana Castaldini, a senior in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences fits this profile precisely.
“I’ve come to discover that my one defining quality is my curious nature. My hunger for information, insight and understanding surpass all other desires I might have, and I’ve learned that the best way to conduct this exploration is through writing,” says Diana.
A native of Queens, New York, Diana says she chose St. John’s because of its accessibility to New York City and its wide range of educational opportunities. Diana will graduate in May 2009 with a degree in English literature and a minor in journalism. She says her experiences at St. John’s have given her the confidence to embark on the exciting road ahead: “What I love most about my college experience is that I am not only able to locate and nurture my passions, but actually take the knowledge I acquire in the classroom and use it during my ‘real-world’ experiences.”
Diana is currently a tutor at St. John’s Writing Center, secretary of Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society) and a member of the Phi Eta Sigma honor society. In addition to her on-campus responsibilities, Diana took advantage of living in the media capital of the world and obtained several internships throughout her collegiate career. She says she gained invaluable experience working at some of the most notable magazine and newspaper titles, including Good Housekeeping, O, The Oprah Magazine, Redbook Magazine and The New York Daily News:
“I was able to step foot into some of the most prestigious corporations in New York City, meet accomplished working professionals and write for their publications, while still a student. Essentially, I was able to advance myself both academically and professionally, and I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to do this at any other school.”
With a head start on her career in the magazine publishing industry and a degree from one of the leading Catholic Universities in New York City, Diana is destined for success beyond the classroom, “The diversity of majors to choose from, opportunities to study abroad, countless campus organizations to join and close proximity to the city made St. John’s more appealing than any other liberal arts college I could have attended.”