Humanities Alum Jennifer Otter Bickerdike Left Music Business for Academic Dreams

Friday, December 05, 2014
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HUFFINGTON POST -- She applied for a Master’s program in Humanities at San Francisco State University, which she began that fall, scheduling night classes around her job.

“Humanities encompasses so many different mediums that had such a powerful influence on me — writing, literature, art, film, music,” she says. “I wanted to learn more.”

Halfway through the school year, she knew it was time to cut the connection to the job that had kept her from being who she really was. So she quit. Today, Otter teaches arts and cultural management at University of East London, where she was named Best Lecturer of the Year out of 300 professors.

“I’m getting paid to talk and write about the things I’ve been passionate about my whole life,” she says.