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The Marietta Effect

Miranda Miller

Miranda Miller '04

Major: English and History

Certificate: Leadership

Additional Education: Master’s degree, English, The Ohio State University (2006)

Current Job: English instructor, Gillette College

Hometown: Gillette, Wyo.

Clubs/Organizations: Chi Omega, Student Senate, Forensics team, McSAC

Honor Societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, Order of Omega, Gamma Sigma Alpha, Pi Kappa Delta, Phi Alpha Theta

Favorite Professor: It’s impossible to pick just one! Dr. Carolyn Hares-Stryker, Dr. Mabry O’Donnell, Dr. James O’Donnell and Dr. Kathryn McDaniel

When did you know Marietta College was the right school for you?

When I visited campus, I sat in on Dr. (Mabry) O’Donnell’s honors speech class, and Dr. O and the students made it a point to include me in the class, as though I had been with them the entire semester. I knew Marietta was a special place from that moment, and that if I matriculated there, I would make friends for life. I was definitely right.

Favorite Marietta moment?

There are so many! But a moment I cherish in particular occurred every fall — singing Chi O songs on The (Christy) Mall during Bid Day with sorority sisters.

Describe what life was like during your time at Marietta College.

Life at Marietta was so engaging. Both inside and outside the classroom, I experienced incredibly intellectual exchanges with some of the most brilliant minds I have ever met. When walking to class, it was impossible not to be stopped by several friends.

What impact did Marietta College have on your career?

My education at Marietta College taught me how to think on my feet, how to articulate an argument, and how to present myself successfully in public. I work as an English professor now, and I use those skills daily.

What does it mean to be a Pioneer?

Being a Pioneer means devoting yourself to learning and to your friends. A Marietta education and Marietta friends will stay with you forever.