Honors Alumni Spotlight
"As an Honors student, I felt there was a special kind of freedom in what I could study and do with my work."
B.A in English, B.A. in History | Class of 2008
Ryan Frabizio is currently employed as a copywriter for Taylor & Francis Group, an academic publishing company. It is a job for which he feels he was well prepared by his education at NSU.
Frabizio served as editor-in-chief of NSU’s student literary magazine Digressions in 2008, and he earned first place in humanities research at the 2008 Undergraduate Student Symposium.
“My classes, professors, and especially my time at Digressions were a total influence in preparing me to become a copywriter. I learned the value of the review process and got a look at what it was like to work on a publication and understand some of the process that goes into it, including the interactions and communication that needs to be done in order to create a good finished piece.
“By the time I finished at NSU, I wanted to do something related to teaching or writing—or both, which is why I sought teaching assistantships while I went to graduate school.
“I got a taste of the teaching side of the classroom [while working as a graduate student] and, until recently, I was also seeking employment as a teacher. I just happened to get hired as a copywriter first. Teaching was largely fulfilling. I met some good and interesting people along the way.
“My favorite part of the Honors Program may have been the courses, which were often unique subjects and designed largely by whoever was teaching them. I got to see a different side of the instructor because there was a personal touch to what was going on in the classroom. Some of the subjects were just plain cool, such as Future History, in which we studied a lot of science fiction-type material about projections of the future. At the end, we tried to create our own conception of what the future would be like in 50 to 100 years.
“As an Honors student, I sometimes felt there was a special kind of freedom in what I could study and do with my work.”
“Ryan was one of those rare students that faculty count themselves fortunate to have encountered,” said Marlisa Santos, Ph.D., associate professor at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who chairs the Department of Literature and Modern Languages. "His insightfulness and creativity were a significant enrichment to the Honors Program and to our English program."
“I had the pleasure of working with Ryan as the faculty advisor to Digressions, our student literary magazine,” said Suzanne Ferriss, Ph.D., professor at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. "For two years, Ryan ably served as editor, managing a staff of students responsible for all elements of production, from the review of submissions to layout and distribution. Owing to his maturity, dedication and professionalism, the magazine’s quality was notably enhanced,” Ferriss said.
“As an English major, Ryan was my student in several courses in literature and cultural studies, including an Honors seminar on Chick Lit, Chick Flicks," Ferriss said. "Aside from bringing a refreshing male perspective to the discussions, he contributed meaningfully by offering perceptive and insightful comments that revealed an uncommon range of interpretative ability. His final essay, on Mona Simpson’s novel Anywhere But Here and its film adaptation, earned him a nomination to our annual Undergraduate Student Symposium."
As for the future, Frabizio said, “I would like to move on to being an editor, but I don’t have a targeted time in which to make that happen. I won’t mind taking my time where I am and continuing to learn things before setting my sights a bit higher.”