Bachelor of Arts
Film & French
Bowling Green, OH
Activities while at BW:
Varsity Track and Cross Country Teams, DJ at WBW, BuzzTV, VP of Communications in Sigma Phi Epsilon, Treasurer of Art Attack, BW Film Society, Film Page Editor/Cover Art Designer for "Buzz!" newspaper, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Lambda Alpha honor societies, volunteered for 3 years at the Cleveland International Film Festival
-Digital Design Associate and Multimedia Production Instructor at St. Benedict Prep High School in Chicago. I also do freelance video production and editing work.
-Program Manager for Real Ideas Studio, an international non-profit filmmaking organization founded by Adobe that takes top film and design students from around the world to the Cannes and Sundance/Slamdance film festivals to create and screen documentary short films.
-I also recently completed my Master of Science in Digital Cinema Production from DePaul University.
Previously I worked in the ad industry with production companies and ad agency Leo Burnett USA, completing a full-time Associate Producer internship there in the process. I also interned with The Kindling Group as Post Production Associate on the PBS primetime documentary series "The Calling."
Questions and answers
What is your favorite thing about BW?
To be honest, I went in to my freshman year at BW thinking I was going to transfer, and instead I became more involved with the school than I ever thought I would or could be. It is the kind of school where you can have great student-teacher relationships and enjoy classes outside your major just as much as in it, getting a well-rounded, quality education and building friendships that last far beyond your time in Berea. At first I was hesitant about going to such a small school, but I found that it was easy to make friends and ended up feeling like I knew everyone on campus, which is something unique to a school like BW.
What advice would you give to prospective students?
I can't stress enough how important it is to get outside your comfort zone, learning both in the classroom and out. Talk to people you wouldn't normally think to talk to, don't be afraid to ask teachers for advice, and try to get as much leadership experience as possible in your time there. If you have an interest but there's no real outlet for it on campus, make one yourself--you may be surprised who joins you! For new students: Even if you don't like your classes, make sure you don't slack off your first semester. Remember, your GPA starts at 4.0 and it's a lot easier to lose that than keep it!
What would you have changed about your undergraduate experience?
I enjoyed my undergraduate experience quite a bit, however one thing I would have changed would be getting to explore the area beyond Berea more. Cleveland is an interesting city and I wish I would have explored it more on my own, as well as taken advantage of the opportunities that BW offered to go downtown for various activities.