Alumni Tale: Shana Chartier ’08

What did you study at UNH?

Political Science

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I studied abroad in Dublin, Ireland. You know, like James Joyce and stuff. It was the best time of my life!

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

One year out of college I decided to get my Masters degree in Library and Information Science, as I have always had a love of books and wanted to be surrounded by them always!

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Five years out of UNH, I was running my own branch of an academic library in Nashua, purchasing young adult, children’s, and college level education books for our education majors.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

I’m not quite there yet, but I imagine I’ll be a best selling novelist if I can just get the word out about my new young adult book .

What are you doing now?

Today I continue to run my own library branch, but I also have my debut young adult novel out Monday, November 2nd. It’s called Past Lives, and it has no vampires in it— just reincarnation!

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH taught me how to be a member of a community in a way I had never experienced before. The culture of learning for the sake of betterment, regardless of what that meant, was amazing, and I was exposed to such a diverse pool of information on a myriad of topics. Getting a Liberal Arts degree gave me insight into many venues and ways of being, which helped me write for the characters coming to life on the pages of my book!

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH is both a haven for learning and a gateway for exploring. I felt safe there in a way I haven’t really since I left. I believe in UNH because I am a better person for being a part of it. I am adventurous. I am curious. I am investigative. I am changed.