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Tava Hoag extended resume

Tava Hoag extended resume

Tava C. Hoag

39 Beech Street, Clinton, MA, 01510 

Phone: 978.790.7357.

Email: tavahoag3@gmail.com

Summary: My objective in the professional field is to create and produce writing that moves people, and inspires them to follow their dreams. I plan to encourage others to create their own worlds and stories. The art I am passionate about dares people to be different. In a world where life is shifting towards the ordinary I believe it is essential for a person to become extraordinary.

Education

Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA 2013-2016

  • Bachelor of Arts in English/Professional Writing 

University of Stirling Stirling, UK June-August 2015

  • Journalism, Marketing, and a PR Internship
    • Worked as Co-managing Editor for student newspaper, The Point
    • Studied abroad during the summer of 2015 at the University of Stirling in Scotland, UK
    • GPA 3.93
    • Received Abigail Adams free tuition scholarship

Research Experience & Projects

Fitchburg State University

  • Casebook study on the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer 
    • Research centered on the characters of these books and the negative effects their traits have on young adults. 
  • Artist as Business budget project: Traveling the U.S by hostels 
    • I dedicated my cross country journey to promoting hostels over hotels as a means of smarter, more affordable travel. 
  • Intermediate Social Media class: created a project outline/campaign for a local video advertising company, Scotch & Dogs. 
    • The project was centered on social media outreach. The video presented was created as a mock example of the work the company could do for a travel agency in Boston called, Audley Travel. 
  • British Modernism Analytical Writing Project: Stephen Dedalus’ Diagnosis from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. 
    • I focused my research on Stephen and the possibility that his odd behavior was in relation to Asperger’s Syndrome a diagnosis that would have been impossible during that time period. I used Jodi Picoult’s House Rules and articles from the American Journal of Psychology to supplement my research. 

Publications

  • Submission of work in Fitchburg State’s Detour and Route 2 literary magazines
  • Published in The Clinton Item for an article on Gymnastics
  • Published in The Banner for a feature story on a woman’s solo cross-country motorcycle journey
  • Published in a National Magazine, Turner Topics for an article on Gymnastics
  • Harvard Lions Club”, feature article for Harvard Press. 
  • Friendly Crossways Hostel” feature story for Harvard Press
  • “Local Meals Tax” expose in the Harvard Press
  • Three featured articles in the magazine Literary Traveler
  • Two articles published in Immersion Travel Magazine, a publication dedicated to sustainable tourism. 

Academic Achievements

  • Received a perfect score on the English MCAS.

  • Earned the highest average in AP English for three consecutive years during High School

  • Inducted into the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta at Fitchburg State

  • Transferred six foreign language credits into college after earning a high score on the CLEP exam junior year of high school

  • Received the Vincent J. Mara scholarship for two consecutive years

  • Completed my first year of college, while still a senior in high school, through the dual enrollment program. 
  • Winner of the Louis P. Shepherd Award two consecutive years in outstanding creative writing
  • Named to President’s list for six consecutive semesters
  • Graduated summa cum laude 

Academic Experience

September 2014-May 2015 Fitchburg State’s The Point Newspaper Fitchburg, MA

Co-managing Editor

  • Managed publication schedule
  • Formatted all stories on WordPress for publication
  • Assigned tasks and jobs to other class members
  • Oversaw social media postings 
  • Wrote both news and opinion based articles 
  • Advanced understanding of work done in a newsroom

March 2015- May 2016 Fitchburg State’s Alternative Zine, Detour  Fitchburg, MA

Section Editor

  • Read and edited submissions from all genres
  • Created ideas for social media promotion to generate interest in publication
  • Submitted two pieces of writing bi-monthly to publication 
  • Attended meetings and contributed feedback and ideas. 
  • Determined mission statement to make publication more clear

September 2015-May 2016 Fitchburg State’s Literary Magazine Route 2   Fitchburg, MA 

Section Editor/Editorial Board Member

  • Responsible for generating content for each volume
  • Read, edited, and decided which submissions to publish
  • Attended meetings to discuss layout, print issues, and organize submissions
  • In charge of final edits made on all pieces before they were set to print.

Internship Experience  

July 2015- August 2015 Willy Wallace Backpacker’s Hostel Stirling, Scotland, UK 

Social Media and Promotional Intern 

  • Created a blog for the business with posts relating to hostel and guests
  • Worked on travel assignments around town to be posted in blog and online
  • Learned about the culture of hostels throughout Europe and the UK 
  • Met people from different countries and cultures 
  • Learned how to successfully interview and write promotional articles for websites
  • Updated current website to fit more activities and up-to-date information. 

September 2015- January 2016 Literary Traveler Magazine     Somerville, MA

Section Editor, Researcher, Travel Writer, and Social Media Management

  • Part of research team for new and innovative stories
  • Responsible for updating and maintaining pages such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Required to generate content for website and blog
  • Expected to edit and publish other writers’ pieces of writing

January 2016- May 2016 Intern at the Harvard Press Harvard, MA 

Freelance writer, copy editor, proofreader, researcher, and social media manager

  • Required to write and publish a news story each week. 
  • Attended weekly meetings with advisor/editor of paper
  • Proofread the final stories every week before layout was complete
  • Assisted with the marketing strategy through social media 
  • Interviewed town officials and students on various issues in the town of Harvard
  • Sat in on school committee meetings and sporting events 
  • Collected the police log every few weeks and completed interviews with officers

June 2016-August 2016 

Teaching Assistant & Resident Counselor at Cardigan Mountain School

  • Supervised Brewster II dorm every other night. 
  • Gained a lot of experience teaching, interacting with, and supporting the learning of children ages 8-15.
  • Learned grading rubrics and how to meet comment standards. 
  • In charge of two activities each afternoon, yoga and kayaking. 
  • Taught lessons in a writer’s workshop class
  • Assisted other classroom teachers with activities 

August 2016-Present 

Freelance Writer with Immersion Travel Magazine

  • Write travel bases articles about places I’ve been
  • Present a new form of travel that is beneficial to both people and the environment
  • Post pictures on the magazine’s Instagram page periodically. 
  • Research sustainable travel and different touring companies that offer such options

Work Experience

September 2010 – Present Clinton Turner Gymnastics Clinton, Massachusetts 

Competitive Girl’s Gymnastics Coach

  • USAG safety certified in Nov. 2016
  • Background check completed July 2016
  • Trained in USAG’s Risk Management Course
  • CPR and First AID certified in June, 2016
  • Responsible for the strength and conditioning courses each level goes through 
  • Head choreographer of both floor and beam routines 
  • Experience planning and hosting gymnastics events annually for the public
  • Basic understanding of lesson plans and teaching objectives for each week

April 2017 Boston NewCo Greater Boston Area

Mass TLC Blog Writer

  • Responsible for attending all of the sessions offered during NewCo
  • Posts are up on Mass TLC Website
  • Worked under strict deadlines
  • Asked to write descriptive blog posts about each of the tech companies

References

Intermediate social media project video: EF College Break

Intermediate social media project video: EF College Break