Major at Fordham: Communication and Media Studies with a minor in English
What extracurriculars did you take part in at Fordham?
I joined Fashion for Philanthropy my freshman year and was an active member up until senior year when I was elected to be the Social Media Coordinator for the club. As a member, I was an active blogger, writing posts on fashionable Fordham students and sharing pictures of them. As social media coordinator, I ran FFP’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts, promoting everything having to do with the club as well as conducted all aspects of the blog including blogger/editor coordination, scheduling and maintenance. I also planned and coordinated donations, documented prep and backstage set-up, coordinated show promotion though social media outlets, worked and attended the annual FFP fashion show every spring semester.
I volunteered my freshman and sophomore years at POTS: Part of the Solution, a local soup kitchen and Rose Hill Apartments, the retirement facility on Fordham Road.
I was very active in the Communications Department and was elected to be a member of the Lambda Pi Eta National Communications Honor Society.
I studied abroad in Florence, Italy my spring semester of junior year which was the most incredible experience of my life!
What are you currently doing?
After graduating from Fordham in May, I headed to Los Angeles to pursue an amazing internship opportunity at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. There I worked full-time on the Special events team, assisting them in all aspects of planning, logistics, and execution for company and third party events on the Paramount lot ranging from internal screenings to large-scale corporate events.
Upon my return from LA at the end of the summer, I began my job and apartment hunt in NYC. I was lucky enough to get offered a job at Nickelodeon Networks at Viacom in Times Square and just moved into an amazing, new apartment in Hell’s Kitchen with two great friends.
Position at job?
On October 1st, I started my current position as Project Coordinator on the Integrated Marketing team at Nickelodeon Networks. In this role, my focus is on the sponsorship development and innovation aspects of all Nickelodeon’s major events including the HALO Awards, Kid’s Choice Awards, Kid’s Choice Sports Awards and World Wide Day of Play. I work on developing client relationships with current and prospective partners and sponsors that want to be actively involved with the Nickelodeon brand and major events we put on each year. I am a key contributor to the creative and innovative side of things in which we approve artwork, copy and ideas that will be activated in new and refreshing ways for each event.
Post-grad life is going great so far. I made sure to take advantage of my last summer and head to LA to pursue an opportunity I may not have been given at another time. I am very happy I went and experienced what LA had to offer, but I was so happy to return to NY and begin the next chapter of my life. Working full-time can be a bit shocking and exhausting after four years of not as demanding schedules at college, although I was interning 3 days a week my senior year which helped me ease into this new routine. Living in New York City is so exciting and the best place to be post-college. There is so much to do, so many people to meet and so many career and social opportunities. I live with great friends, have an awesome job and finally am starting to feel like a real adult with my own apartment and life.
How did Fordham prep you for what you are doing now?
My four years at Fordham were the best years of my life for many reasons. Besides the obvious social reasons, Fordham prepped me in many ways. Life inside the classroom taught me a lot about the subjects I was truly interested in. Although the core curriculum was extremely difficult to get through at times, I became very disciplined and learned that challenging yourself to do well at things you might not want to can be very liberating. A huge reason I went to Fordham was because of its easy access to the city. I started interning my freshman year and never stopped. I had six different internships throughout my Fordham career and being able to balance both school and work, although hard, paid off in the end. My experiences at school and at work always seemed to coincide and I was able to build some very strong relationships with professors and my bosses at work. Fordham was supportive in all of my decisions and always found a way to make everything work. From letting me change my schedule numerous times to backing up my decisions to intern for credit, they were always there to help. Fordham put on great seminars and organized fabulous career fairs and always provided an eclectic mix of clubs and extracurricular activities that catered to every interest a student may have.
I definitely plan to call NYC my home for a very long time, if not forever, but there is so much I need to see before I settle down for good. My semester abroad in Italy really proved to me that the world is massive and fascinating and gave me the itch to see as much of it as I can. So, travelling is a huge priority for me and finding a job I am truly passionate about and that doesn’t contain me to a desk. I want to be out and about, travelling for work and meeting creative, smart and interesting people. I know everything I have done and am currently doing is just part of the journey that will lead me to finding what I love.
Any advice for undergraduates?
Take advantage of every and any opportunity you get while at Fordham. College really is the best four years of your life and everything you do there sets you up for a very fulfilling and successful future.