Peer Advisors

peer advisors villanova 2018-2019
From left to right: Meg Carter, Clare Reckner, Sal DeMaggio, Gillian Hixson, Gracie Stagliano, Elias Papakostas, Alex Forgione, Caroline Rini, Reagan Wish, Angelina Malenda, Olivia Sigmun, Aaron Earlywine

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


Meg Carter (

I am a senior double majoring in English and Spanish. Last semester I studied abroad in Cadiz, Spain and the summer before that I studied Irish theatre in Dublin, Ireland! On campus I am involved with student theatre and write for Villanova television.

Sal DeMaggio (

I am a senior English major, with a minor in Philosophy. I can say with certainty that this major has sculpted me into the best version of myself. Since I declared during my sophomore year I have been exposed to countless works of literature that have given me a great appreciation for writing. In that same vein, I have truly found my voice as a writer, and have seen my communication skills and ability to convey my ideas/opinions boost one hundred-fold. I started reading as a kind, and now when I’m not playing music with the jazz ensemble, I find myself deeply falling into whatever literature I can find. I made the right choice.

Aaron Earlywine (

I am a senior English major with minors in History and Creative Writing. I am currently looking into law school as well as a career in law enforcement. My ultimate goal is to be a full-time or self-employed writer. I have worked and been published by Sports Illustrated, through a Villanova internship. I have also worked at a book publisher and a law firm. I play rugby at Villanova and am involved with the Special Olympics.

Alex Forgione (

I am a senior English major with minors in Philosophy and Gender and Women’s Studies. I declared an English major during my first semester sophomore year after I went abroad for the London Experience program. As well as being an English major I am the President of the Villanova Poetry Society. I love the English major and am looking forward to using the skills that I have learned from the major in law school.

Gillian Hixson (

I am a senior English major with a concentration in Writing and Rhetoric and a Business minor. I am an aspiring publisher and advocate for increased lingual and cultural diversity in books. After studying abroad in Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a semester, I disocvered my passion for igniting cross-cultural literary conversation. On campus, I copy-edit the Villanovan, run with people experiencing homelessness with Back on My Feet, and tutor in the Writing Center.

Angelina Malenda (

I am a senior English major with minors in Public Administration, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Communications. I’ll be graduating early in December and continuing with a Master’s at Villanova. My goal afterwards is to lobby for education reform. In my free time I like to go camping, watch Netflix (of course) and cozy up with my dog and a good book. Right now I’m reading Paradise Lost – totally recommend!

Elias Papakostas (

I’m a senior English major and Psychology and Communications double minor. As a senior I plan to pursue law school following graduation, but my passion is screenwriting. I love reading and writing, as well as watching films. I also like long walks on the beach, but who doesn’t? Lastly, laughter is the secret to a perfect life.

Clare Reckner (

I am a junior English major, pursuing a Communication minor and Writing and Rhetoric concentration. On campus, I am involved with music and theatre activities. I hope to study abroad next semester and visit the birthplace of my favourite writers.

Cindy Rene (

I am a Junior double major in English and Cultural Studies, with minors in Peace and Justice and Art history. My goal is to end up somewhere my creativity can be constantly exercised, and to attend grad school for English or Art History. This summer I had a curatorial fellowship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and learned ins and outs of working in a museum of high art. Across Villanova I am involved with Amnesty International +No Lost Generation, Student Run Emergency Homelessness Unit of Philadelphia (SREHUP), and other groups such as Villanova Art Club, Black Cultural Society. My favorite book (and now movie) is Call Me By Your Name by the brilliant Andre Aciman.

Caroline Rini (

I am a senior English and Criminology double major with minors in Creative Writing and Psychology. I am the New Member Coordinator for my sorority and a member of the Villanova Poetry Society. Summer of 2017, I studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, where I took two English classes and had the best experience of my Villanova career. Last summer I interned at a Real Estate Law office in New York. My favorite books include Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, and, of course, the Harry Potter series.

Olivia Sigmund (

I am a senior English and Honors major with minors in Education Policy and Leadership, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. I hope to be a high school English teacher after graduating from Villanova. I would also love to continue my education by getting my Master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language and eventually getting my PhD in Education. I would love to work in the field of education policy or possibly be a professor some day. I’ve loved working with the English Department to plan events around campus to help new and prospective English majors find their path in the department!

Gracie Stagliano (

I am a senior English and French major with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Outside of class, I am the vice president of the Villanova Poetry Society and the layout coordinator for Polis literary magazine. I have a passion for creative writing, music, and social justice. In the future I hope to work with a non-profit focused on education.

Tim Warren (

I am a junior majoring in English and Honors with a Humanities minor. This past summer I spent six weeks in Galway on a literary program through Villanova which was an amazing time. It helped bolster my writing skills as we spent much of the time constructing creative writing pieces and ultimately a portfolio. I hope to one day be able to publish my own book, but grad or law school is currently on the horizon. On campus I’m involved with Phi Sigma Pi and play a lot of basketball.

Reagan Wish (

I am a junior English/HNS major who will be eventually going to law school. I lean towards poetry as my field of study, but I love to engage and explore all the major has to offer! I’m also involved with the Polis literary magazine, the Villanovan, and Villanova Poetry Society.