Melanie Blackman

BA Creative Writing & English, Class of 2014

"It is really helpful to have teachers who know the business."

While earning an associate’s degree in general studies at New Hampshire Technical Institute, Melanie Blackman cultivated interest in becoming a writer. By pursuing a bachelor’s degree in creative writing at SNHU, she is striving to fulfill her aspiration.

An Antrim, N.H., resident, Blackman transferred to SNHU as a junior in fall 2012. A member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at NHTI, she earned admission into SNHU’s Honors Program and has immersed herself into learning the writing craft.

“I like short fiction and I love poetry,” she says. “I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to write and receive guidance from people who really know what they’re doing.”

While honing her writing skills, Blackman has enjoyed a smooth transition to campus life. Having three roommates who had transferred to SNHU previously helped her adjust, and taking the university’s once-a-week transfer orientation course during her first semester provided helpful resources.

“I found out who to talk to for study abroad and internships, and learned about activities on campus to meet new people,” she says.

While interested in pursuing a master of fine arts degree in writing at SNHU upon graduation, she plans to become involved with the university’s creative writing club and student newspaper while exploring career opportunities. “I’m hoping to do an internship at a publishing company to learn the ropes,” she says.