Rebecca Luongo '14 - Litigation Paralegal, Altman and Altman, LLP
For Rebecca Luongo, her academic and professional experience has been a bit like putting together a puzzle made up of experiences, connections and lasting relationships - all of which add up to a successful freelance career and the start of law school in fall 2015.
The English communication + media studies major squeezed five internships (and a job) into her time at Emmanuel. A two-year internship at the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus gave Luongo a crash course in political communications - writing press releases, bios and articles, researching candidates and working campaigns and events.
"My supervisors there have written countless recommendations for me and are always ready to dole out some no-nonsense advice," Luongo said.
An editorial internship at Scene Magazine, a small lifestyle publication based in Boston's North End, led to a regular contributing writer position at the magazine, where she writes on topics including Boston's newest high-rise apartment building.
In her remaining hours, Luongo writes for the blog she founded, Fever Stitch Boston <feverstitchboston.com>, which is aimed at eliminating sloppy college dressing and easing the transition into the young professional world. She is also working on launching another blog, Sweetest Sweat Boston, focusing on fitness and health improvement.
"I could write and blog all day, every day," she said. "I love researching and developing a story, and seeing it come out in print is so gratifying."
Her vast writing experience serves her well in her current full-time position as a paralegal at the Cambridge, Massachusetts-based firm Altman & Altman, LLP. There, she assists attorneys with all aspects of law practice, in addition to researching and writing for the company's blogs and publications. Her time at Altman & Altman has directly prepared her for the next big step in her professional development - law school.
Even as she pursues legal education, she hopes to keep writing and the skills she developed at Emmanuel College a central focus in her life.
"Because writing is such an individual-centric career, most of my career building moments happened inside the classroom during an editing workshop," Luongo said. "It gave me a thick skin when accepting criticism, and gave me the reassurance to believe that maybe I was actually good enough to do this whole writing thing. And, who knew, I actually get paid to tell stories now."