On the Road to NYU

Gracie DeSantis is first CNU student accepted to prestigious publishing program.

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Senior Gracie DeSantis is one of only 100 applicants selected for admission to New York University's Center for Publishing, one of the top publishing graduate programs in the U.S.

DeSantis chose NYU because it "is located in the Mecca of the publishing world. The program seemed like it was equipped with professional professors who would be able to make my dream become a reality," she says. "I visited for an informational session and what they told me was exactly what I wanted from my graduate program. From that point on I was hooked."

DeSantis is editor-in-chief of Currents literary magazine, which is run by CNU students; vice president of Sigma Tau Delta English honor society; a member of Alpha Chi and Omicron Delta Kappa honor societies; president of the Writer's Syndicate; a writer and actor for CNU Tonight, a campus comedy troupe; and a resident assistant.

After completing the program at NYU, DeSantis hopes to join the publishing industry with a career that allows for her creativity to blossom. Whether it leads to a rise in the career ladder or in a whole new direction, she's open to adventure. "A year ago, I wasn't even really considering grad school. But as I got more experience in the publishing world, I knew that this program would really give me a competitive edge and provide me with invaluable contacts," DeSantis said.

She attributes the support of Christopher Newport's English Department faculty and the support of her family to her success. "CNU gives students the opportunity they need to actualize their potential," says DeSantis. "I always felt that I was able to make myself stand out against the crowd as long as I worked hard."

As far as being the first Christopher Newport student accepted to the NYU program she says, "honestly, it's truly astonishing. I never would have thought I was the first. But it feels really good. It's an honor that makes me feel like all my hard work paid off."

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