Year Graduated: 2011
Major at Michigan: Screen Arts and Cultures / Pure Mathematics
Share the story of why you chose your major.
I often excelled in Mathematics while attending high school. This lead me to pursuing a degree in Mathematics in college. During my first semester at U of M I took the intro film class SAC 236. I had been involved in the video program at my high school for the past 4 years and I loved making videos with my friends. This experience drew me to this class. Shortly into the semester it became very obvious that I was not willing to abandon my study of film. After careful consideration I decided that giving up either study would be a sacrifice I would regret. So I decided to double major.
At Michigan, I spent most of my time outside the classroom…
Outside of the classroom I spent most of my time with friends and family. I struggled through some difficult times in my personal life during my years at U of M and that stunted my involvement with extracurricular organizations. I did however love to take part in many adventures with the many friends I made in college.
What story stands out to you in your first year on the job?
The story that stands out most to me in my first year “on the job” is actually how I got started at Barracuda Networks in the first place. After graduating I spent my time working several part time jobs and trying to decide what my next step was. In May I took a two week trip to New York City to see if I wanted to move out there. The trip was great and I decided I would move there in September. Not a day after I made this decision I got a call from a friend I had met during my time at U of M. He told me there was a position opening at his job and asked if I was interested. The lure of a steady pay check was too strong not to learn more. After meeting with Gregg and his boss, weighing my options, and dreaming of buying a nice camera I decided to take the job. This story stands out to me because it is a perfect example of how life will often present you with opportunities at the most unexpected moments. The timing of this one for me fit all too well. I couldn't pass it up.
What’s next in your story? (next steps, future plans)
The next step for me is to build a base. My current position will allow me to purchase my own video equipment in the near future as well as gain experience in a new working environment. With this financial and professional base I can take my work anywhere I wish to go. This freedom is the ultimate goal and my next step towards it is the strong base of finance and knowledge I am gaining at Barracuda Networks.
What is one thing every student should have on their “career to-do” list?
One thing every student should have on their “career to-do list” is simply get a job. The process of finding a job, going through the hiring process, and learning to work within a structure larger than yourself is something you only understand after you have lived it. And it is something everyone should understand. Even if you seek a life in a less formal setting or a self run business, understanding how the world around you operates will allow you to better create the change you wish to see.
To learn more about careers in communications:
The Career Center’s Web page includes a number of links to resources in media and communications.
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