Samantha Goss had something important in mind as she prepared to graduate Downingtown High School West.

“I never wanted to be a number,” Goss said.

That’s why she became a member of Shippensburg University’s class of 2021.

“My uncle graduated from Ship with his bachelor’s degree in 1971,” Goss said. “We often talk on the phone about the ways that the university has changed since he was a student and the traditions that still exist.”

Among those important Ship traditions is personalized attention. In Goss’ case as an English major with a concentration in writing, it means working one-on-one with true professionals.

“One of my favorite things is the fact that our writing faculty all are published authors,” Goss said. “All of our professors have a passion for the topics that they teach. It makes learning from them a joy.”

Goss is complementing her major with Ship’s Technical/Professional Communications Minor. Skills she’s gaining in her programs of study allowed her to secure an internship with Shippensburg University Magazine.

“This university has been amazing for me. We have so many resources available to students, and they are easy to access,” Goss said.

Goss also works as an office assistant for the Technical/Professional Communications Program.

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