Alumni Updates

The Wanderlust of an Honors Program Alumni

Chris Schafale is a former Honors Program student who graduated from DePaul in June 2020 with a Bachelor’s in English (Literary Studies) and minors in History and Classical Studies. He currently works as an Internal Copywriter for CopyPress and spends his free time painting murals for homeowners, making crafts like floor pillows and small furniture, writing, reading, and participating in Mutual Aid efforts.

While at DePaul, Chris worked as a Peer Writing Tutor, Writing Fellow, and Writers Guild Facilitator at the DePaul Writing Center, as a Research Assistant for the English Department, and as an Editorial Intern for Slag Glass City. In his senior year he created and edited a literary magazine, The Orange Couch, to bring more creative writers into the Writing Center and give DePaul writers and alumni another outlet to publish their work.

As an Honors student Chris presented an HON 207 paper about the “Ideal Learning Environment” at the 2018 Honors Conference. He also completed a collection of travel essays under the guidance of English professors Michele Morano and Kathleen Rooney for his Honors Thesis in 2020. One of these essays appeared in Wanderlust’s October 2020 edition. The Honors program allowed Chris to flourish as student, scholar, and writer, and he hopes to continue this scholarly development at an English Ph.D. program in the Fall. 
To read Chris’ essay in Wanderlust, go here.