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English major pleased with time at Binghamton

Dominique Zino works in the Writing Center, writes for Pipe Dream and maintains a 3.9 grade point average. So it seems appropriate that when given one word to describe herself, Zino chose “motivated.”

“I think Ive done all the things I never expected to do, and now Im a senior, and Ive been exposed to a lot of opportunity,” said Zino, 21, an English major from Manhasset.

For instance, though she has always been a sports fan, she never expected to become a sportswriter. She even became assistant sports editor for Pipe Dream.

Zino is busy with graduate school applications for universities including Cornell, Brown and Princeton. She expects to enroll in a joint masters and doctoral program in English literature and may go to work for a publishing company one day.

Zino, who received honorable mentions for two pieces of creative writing she did at Binghamton, said she has been happy with her experience at the University. If given a chance to start over, theres only one thing she would change. “I would have taken more classes and more professors,” she said. “We have some really good names at this school.”

Zinos professors think highly of her as well. “She is just a splendidly insightful student who is able to energize the whole class with her creativity and insight,” said Albert Tricomi, a distinguished teaching professor.

Binghamton has changed her, Zino said. She learned to take responsibility, prioritize and realistically examine what she can accomplish.

“There are so many options here and you cant do everything,” said Zino, who did find time to study in London for a semester. She said she was most influenced by other students. “There are a lot of different personalities,” she said, “and just being around different people has changed me a lot.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08