of possibilities, former
Middlesex student Jana Casale
is undertaking graduate studies
at prestigious Oxford University
a half and achieving a nearly perfect
grade point average, Casale transferred to
Emerson College in Boston. She
graduated summa cum laude in May with
a BFA in writing, literature and
a chance to start over after a serious
illness in high school forced her to
abandon traditional high school classes.
She actually started at MCC's Adult
Learning Center to complete a GED,
since she did not have a high school
diploma. "Middlesex was fantastic for me.
It opened doors and gave me an
opportunity to realize I could do anything
I wanted to do academically," Casale said.
Dean of Humanities Dona Cady for three
courses and Humanities Professor Gail
Mooney for two English courses. Both
were quick to recognize Casale's talents
and abilities. Cady had completed an
Oxford fellowship as a graduate student,
highly competitive institution.
at Oxford to study for a master's degree in
creative writing, a program that enrolls
only 16 people each year. "It's quite an
international group, with four American
students and others from Poland, Russia
and Denmark," Casale said. She plans to
write fiction and screenplays, and also
hopes to teach at the college level.
and amazing professors, who really
enhanced my life," Casale said. "Professor
Cady was really the reason I first
considered applying to Oxford. And, I
adored Professor Mooney's workshop.
She was incredibly supportive and made
you believe in yourself. "
she met at MCC, many of whom were
very much like her, dealing with
circumstances beyond their control, but
intent on getting a good education. "I
met many brilliant, capable people at
MCC. I know my education here was as
good as, or superior to, the education of
my friends who went to very competitive
four-year schools. I am so grateful for my
time at Middlesex."
alum Jana Casale (center) and Associate Dean of
Humanities Dona Cady (right).