Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors 2015-16
(l to r) Madeleine Messinger, Regina Paparo, Sam Farrell, Clare Yoder, Elise Van Arsdale, Marielle Alexander, Nicole Kim, Eugene Gonzales, Kristina Sumfleth

These English majors can give you suggestions and opinions on various aspects of majoring in English and taking English courses.


Marielle Alexander
I am a senior English major with minors in Writing and Rhetoric and Psychology. I am very involved with the English department Advisory Committee and various volunteer organizations on campus. After graduating in December, I plan to attend graduate school to study secondary education with the goal of one day becoming a teacher.

Victoria Cho
I am a Junior English and Communication major with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a Gender and Women's studies minor. I've published several pieces of poetry in Villanova's literary magazine Arthology. I enjoy slam poetry and unconventionally formatted contemporary literature. After graduating, I hope to work as an editor in a publishing company and eventually become a published novelist myself.

Francesca Cocchi
I am a Junior English and Communication major with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a Gender and Women's studies
I am a junior English and Honors major with a minor in Humanities. I began my education at Villanova in the Honors department's Interdisciplinary Humanities cohort (Interdisc), where I met the professors and friends who continue to guide me through my undergraduate experience every day. After Villanova, I plan to earn a graduate degree in journalism and move to a new city or country to begin my career. If I'm not reading one of the 35 books I purchased for my courses this semester, you can probably find me in the Writing Center, where I work as the junior undergraduate assistant, at the Pavilion for cheerleading practice, or with my brothers from our campus's honor fraternity. I spent the last two summers working as an intern for New Jersey's Asbury Park Press, researching dystopian fiction, and volunteering as an Orientation Counselor. 

Amanda Eliades
I am a junior English major who will be graduating this May with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric, an Honors minor, and hopefully a theology minor as well. After graduation, my goals include a career in publishing both as an editor and a writer; I also look forward to receiving an MFA and PhD after I gain some more experience in the "real world" so I can spice up my writing! My literary interests include Gothic novels, Thomas Hardy, Charles Dickens, as well as a new-found obsession with the series Outlander. I've had internships in editing, marketing and public relations--including work as an editorial intern and writer for the up-and-coming platform for political awareness, Daily Clout. I also work in the Writing Center and have co-founded Villanova's first Poetry Society and look forward to its success this year!

Samantha Farrell
I am a senior English major.  This summer I had an internship with a television production company.  It was amazing to see how useful the skills I have developed as an English major were to work in this field.  I transferred into the English department at the start of my junior year, and everyone has been so helpful and kind.  It was definitely the best choice I could have made here at Villanova.  I feel that when I graduate in the spring I will be well prepared, thanks to the outstanding department and my professors.

Eugene Gonzalez
I am a senior English major and one course away from completing a Spanish minor.  I’m involved with the BRIDGE Society, and I serve as the president of the Pre-Law Society.  I have interned at Davis & Gilbert LLP, a corporate law firm, and at Bank of America Merrill Lynch as well.  Being an English major has opened many doors for me, and I am extremely proud to call myself one.  I plan to attend law school after my graduation from Villanova in the spring.

Kate Kafka
I am a Junior English major with minors in Classical Languages, Honors, and Communications.  I am hoping to attend law school after graduation.  I have been involved in Blue Key Society, The Villanovan, and Greek life through Alpha Phi.  While I have yet to study abroad, I recently drove from California to Villanova and hope to continue to travel frequently in the future.  My favorite authors include Kurt Vonnegut and F. Scott Fitzgerald, but I will read just about anything passed my way.

Nicole Kim
I am a junior English and Humanities double major.  Although my preferences are very eclectic, short stories and poetry are two of my favorite literary genres.  I hope to work in the editorial department of a publication one day.

Kevin Madden
I am a senior English major with minors in Spanish and Gender & Women’s Studies. I’m particularly interested in literature that can be described as spooky, eerie, and generally bizarre, including narratives within the Gothic literary tradition, (post-)apocalyptic literature, and weird fiction. This semester, I have the good fortune of being able to explore these interests in a more pedagogical capacity as Dr. Heather Hicks’s teaching assistant in her Literature of the Apocalypse core writing seminar. I plan to pursue a Master’s degree in English after graduating from Villanova, looking toward either a PhD or a library science degree after that. When I’m not reading or writing for my classes, you can expect to find me perusing the feminist blogosphere, binge-watching The X-Files, or supporting my local roller derby league.

Madeleine Messinger
I am a junior English, Humanities and Honors major with minors in Business, Spanish and Theology.  I’m actively involved with Villanova Emergency Medical Services (VEMS) on campus.  My current post-graduate plan is to attend graduate school.  My favorite texts to read are folk and fairy tales.  Over this previous summer I completed Villanova’s Summer Business Institute, and the summer prior I had an internship with VectorUSA in Los Angeles.  This next summer I plan on studying abroad in either Chile or Urbino.

Regina Paparo
I am a junior English and Political Science major with a Humanities minor (possibly a third major).  I am from Virginia Beach, Va., but currently live in the DC area and previously lived in Japan.  I am very involved in the Service Learning Community (SLC) on campus, and I hope to study abroad next semester, preferably in South Africa.  I am interested in contemporary literature, particularly Catholic fiction. 

Kristina Sumfleth
I am a senior English major with a concentration in Irish Studies and minors in Peace and Justice and Classics.  Recently I returned from a semester abroad in Melbourne, Australia, where I studied English at the University of Melbourne.  At Villanova I participate in Club Judo, work as a photographer for the Villanovan and also work for the College of Arts and Sciences.  For the past three summers I have been a photojournalist at a local newspaper, and my current post-graduate goal is to pursue journalism and photojournalism full-time.  Some of my favorite writers include James Joyce, Zora Neale Hurston and Jane Austen.

Elise Van Arsdale
I am a senior English and Honors major with a History minor.  During the fall of my junior year I studied abroad in Vienna, where I had an internship teaching English at a local school.  This past summer I worked in New York City as the National Development fellow at a non-profit called Summer Search.  I come from Charlottesville, Va., and have always been passionate about reading and writing.  I am not yet sure what I want to do after graduation, but I know I can rely on my English major to help me out no matter what!

Clare Yoder
I am a senior English major from San Clemente, Ca.  I transferred out of the Villanova School of Nursing and into the Villanova English program after my sophomore year and I have been extremely happy with my decision.  I still don’t know what I want to pursue in terms of a career or grad school, but I look forward to figuring it all out with the help of my classes and professors these next two semesters.