Brian Richard Selfridge

Brian Selfridge

Class of 2018

  • Bachelor of Arts in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing

What do you currently do professionally?
Manufacturing Plant Production Lead

How has majoring in English helped you on your career pathway(s)?
Besides giving me a major confidence boost, the English major has taught me how to conduct myself in different manners in relation to the subject matter being discussed.

What knowledge and skills help you succeed in your job on a daily basis (and, possibly, in unanticipated ways)?
I've learned how to present myself in a creative yet professional manner in the workplace. This is the result of many of my in-class debates, group/solo presentations, and research.

In what (unanticipated) ways has the English major impacted your life beyond your profession?
Not only have I learned to write/present myself better, I have also learned to listen and speak better. I became a better public speaker, and I learned how to properly agree by backing up my statements.

What is your favorite experience from your time in the English program?
There are so many: Professor King's senior seminar, Professor Davis and Murphy's poetry classes, working at the open mic nights. I'd say the best overall was the small group of English majors I met along the way. I've been with these amazing people from start to finish. I could go on for hours about all the amazing things we went through together.

What advice do you have for current English majors or students considering entry into the field in which you’re currently working?
It may get hard, but never give up. It may seem that no one's there for you, but they are. Work hard yet have fun.

Is there anything else you would like current Penn State Altoona students (of all majors) to know?
Being a part of Penn State is being a part of something huge. Penn State isn't just a university; it helps communities and those in need ... So, being a part of Penn State is beyond words. We are ... always and forever!

February 2023