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Hometown: Randolph, Massachusetts
Major: Self-designed concentration in Film and Media Studies
Resume builder: "Simmons is a great place to start building a professional network. I've participated in mentoring programs like Mosaic and Smart Teams. For example, I spent a day job-shadowing my Mosaic mentor, Kenya Jacobs '92, who is executive vice president for compensation at iQor, a call center company in New York. In addition, I've gained hands-on experience through my internship at the Color of Film Collaborative in Roxbury, Mass. I helped organize the Roxbury Film Festival, serving as the contact person for filmmakers, agents, and corporate sponsors. I also assisted in film selection and scouting for the festival. Next year, I'd like to apply to film-related internships in California or London."
Why Simmons: "Simmons faculty and staff are always ready to answer questions or concerns that I have, talk about my interests, and help me to define my goals. As a result, I've become extremely focused in figuring out what I want from my education at Simmons - and how to get it."
Favorite class: "The Art of Film with Professor Suzanne Leonard changed my life. I created my major because of it. I always have loved movies, and in this course I learned to analyze them. I gained appreciation for the incredible amount of international details and creativity that goes into communicating through film, for all the elements that help guide a viewer to the film's overall message."
Insider tip: "Check out the events hosted by Simmons's cultural organizations. For instance, the Black Student Organization's annual hip hop poetry jam includes a featured poet as well as an open mike."
After Simmons: "I plan to own my own film production company. I love to read screenplays, and eventually I hope to write and develop some of my own. I want to create films that raise awareness and tell stories that Hollywood and mainstream media tend to dismiss."