English Alumni

Many of Bowdoin’s English majors pursue graduate training in professions such as medicine, law, and public administration, while others move directly into education, journalism, publishing, finance, and a variety of careers.

Elida Heuck '13

Elida Heuck '13

After graduation, Heuck moved to East Hampton, New York to work for Ina Garten, author of nine best-selling cookbooks and host of The Barefoot Contessa, an Emmy-winning cooking show on the Food Network. Hired as Garten’s assistant and social media manager, Heuck found herself helping to test recipes, advising Garten on sending out social media missives, and traveling to cooking events around the country.

Heuck has also enjoyed some time in the limelight: a nationally aired January 2014 episode of The Barefoot Contessa follows Heuck as she shops around town in preparation for a housewarming party Garten is throwing for her, while Garten cooks up the feast. The episode also features appearances by a number of Bowdoin alumni. 

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Linda Kinstler ‘13

Linda Kinstler ‘13

Kinstler recently received a Marshall Scholarship for graduate level study in the United Kingdom.  She is pursuing two masters degrees: one in in European literature and culture at the University of Cambridge and another in Russian and post-Soviet politics at University College London.

After graduation from Bowdoin, Kinstler became a reporter-researcher for The New Republic, then was quickly promoted to managing editor. She covered the crisis in Ukraine for the magazine, and received the National Press Foundation Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship in 2013-2014. Kinstler has made appearances on CNN, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, CTV, and Bloggingheads to comment on events in Russia and Ukraine.

At Bowdoin, she was editor-in-chief of The Bowdoin Orient and received a Google Journalism Fellowship in 2013. She has been an intern at The New Yorker, New York Daily News, and Boston Review.

Kinstler wrote in her Marshall application that one day she would like to work in Eastern Europe to help support the “development of a robust free press…chiefly by training fellow journalists, helping existing new organizations, and by doing some reporting myself.” Eventually, she would like to enter academia or the government to help teach others about Eastern Europe and to work on countering censorship and propaganda worldwide.

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Will Cogswell ‘11

Will Cogswell ‘11

After teaching English to high school students in the small Maine towns of Topsham and Lisbon for three years, Cogswell will move across the country to start work as an English teacher at a larger school in a much larger city. At West High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's looking forward to working with a diverse group of students, including Hispanic and East African students.

Cogswell first thought about becoming a teacher after working for Upward Bound at Bowdoin in the summer of 2009, where he helped low-income and first-generation high school students get ready for college. Cogswell’s Fulbright year teaching English in Colombia solidified his decision - when he returned to the US in 2013, he enrolled in Bowdoin’s Teacher Scholars, a program that prepares Bowdoin undergraduates and recent grads for a teaching career.

Cogswell loves the age group he teaches. “High school is this nice middle point [between middle school and college]," he says, "Where you’re helping students develop a sense of self as well as delve into a subject matter you care about.”

About his choice to major in English at Bowdoin, Cogswell says: “English incorporates everything—science, social science, history, math, politics, art. English is so all-encompassing. It allows me to go about exploring and understanding the world, and it’s interesting to do this with students of high school age.”

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