Meet Grace Mavko — Publishing Minor

November 18, 2019

This interview is part of our "3 Questions" series with Publishing Minor students, Master of Publishing candidates, and MPub alumni.

Grace Mavko
Major: Communications
Year: 2.5

What course would you recommend to anyone wanting to take their first SFU publishing class and why?

GM: PUB101 "The Publication of Self in Everyday Life" with Suzanne Norman. Having the skills to fully develop and execute an individualized project—a blog about anything you choose—is definitely difficult but super rewarding! The course is a great opportunity to practice your writing skills, and to work on familiar topics that you are passionate about (which can be applied in other classes). It's also a non-intensive first look at publishing. A great starting point!

What is the most valuable skill you have acquired through the SFU publishing program?

GM: I could say Wordpress because now I can successfully navigate my way around a blog platform. But I will say time management is a skill learned through Suzanne's classes. The publishing minor requires a lot of work. It's not something to shy away from, yet you are required to regularly produce some of your best, top-notch creative content. This takes a lot of time, contemplation, trial, and error. 

What advice would you give to someone considering a minor in publishing?

GM: It's the best educational decision I've made since being at SFU. The publishing minor is an amazing opportunity to learn applicable skills to use in post-grad careers. You work with amazing profs and instructors with experience in the publishing field, and can let your creative faucets flow. To Communications Majors, I say do it regardless. Declaring your minor in publishing is a great extension to what you learn in CMNS classes, plus the skills and content might actually help you complete an assignment or two. 

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