Alumni Tale: Austin Sorette ’14

What did you study at UNH?

English and Journalism

Did you have an international experience at UNH?

I studied abroad at Regent’s University in the fall of 2013. I travelled around England and also ventured over to Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands. I shared many incredible experiences with students from other countries, universities, and even other students from UNH, with whom I still keep in touch!

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

I bounced around from job to job trying to find the right fit. I worked at The Hippo as a staff writer before I moved to Boston. While there, I was elbow-deep in dishes as a bar-back and spent some time proofreading over at Pearson Education while trying to carve out an existence as a writer down in Massachusetts.

What are you doing now?

I recently published my first book “These Days” which came out on January 19, 2018. “These Days” is a collection of poems and short stories influenced by my travels across the country as well as everyday life living in the Seacoast. The book encapsulates triumphs, guilt, debauchery, and rejoice throughout the three-year writing period in which it was crafted. I’m publishing the book through my own imprint UFXO publishing. Writing my own book was such a rewarding experience that I couldn’t have done without the wonderful teachers at UNH who made it very clear that if you have confidence in your style of writing, you must do something about it. And dammit, I did it.

Please visit my website to learn more about “These Days”

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

Since my first day of college, I never stopped meeting new people. UNH was a great place to meet people of all interests and all walks of life and develop a better understanding of the world. From awkward small-talk to night-long discussions, I’ve networked and gotten to know thousands of people all over the world, which wouldn’t have been possible without the encouraging atmosphere of UNH.

Why do you believe in UNH?

UNH thrives on its rich history as well as its promising future. For every professor who has offered invaluable advice and built the legacy of the school’s education, there are new generations of students that arrive every year with new ideas and unique visions of the world to build on the school’s development. I was glad to be a part of it, and I look forward to becoming more involved in the future.