My hometown when I was a student was:
I graduated from Alma in:
Communication and New Media Studies
I currently live in:
I am now:
Technical Specialist for Financial Services with IBM Commerce
Since graduating from Alma:
After graduating from Alma, I worked as an Admin Assistant Intern for CME Group in Chicago (summer 2012). Following my internship, I attended the Center for Information and Communication Sciences at Ball State University where I earned my Master of Science in Information and Communication Sciences in July 2013. After leaving Ball State University, I joined IBM as a Technical Sales Specialist through IBM’s Summit Program for university hiring. Since joining IBM, in addition to all of the work that I’ve had with clients, I’ve successfully assisted in recruiting 3 other Alma College alumni into IBM through the IBM Summit Program.
My Alma education:
While at Alma I primarily studied Communication and New Media Studies, but I also spent significant time exploring other disciplines. I was an RA for three years in Newberry Hall, and worked in IT for 4 years where I was often found at the helpdesk assisting students, faculty, and staff with their Apple products. When not working or actively studying, I was also engaged with the Alma College Theatre department where I assisted with set design and focused on lighting design.
My favorite place(s) on campus included:
There are too many favorite places on campus for me to name, but when I return to visit, I always feel most at home when I stop by the Alma College Theatre spaces within the Heritage Center.
My favorite professor(s) included:
Dr. Diels (Communication and New Media Studies) and Dr. Gilbert (Communication and New Media Studies). Others instructors included Andrew Bare, Tim O’Brien, and John Dalziel.
My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is:
Just as there are too many favorite locations on campus to name, there are too many memories to try and isolate a single best. Right now, the memory that stands out the most is of sitting in the back room of the SAC computer lab in a dark room with a makeshift mobile video-editing studio for hours and days working on my senior thesis concert videos of the Alma College Percussion Ensemble. That room would eventually become the New Media Studies lab where all the high-end editing/production workstations are now located.
How Alma has helped with my current plan/job/graduate school/etc.:
My experiences at Alma shaped my view of the world and my view of myself. Aside from landing me my first job (my manager was specifically looking for someone who went to a Midwest college and preferred someone with a liberal arts background), Alma showed me the joys of diversified learning and provided countless examples of what great teacher/student relationships look like. While not something I plan to use for several years, as I look at my distant career plans, my goals of becoming a university or college instructor were strengthened by what I experienced at Alma.
Advice I would give a new graduate:
It’s important that new graduates don’t underestimate themselves or their education. I’ve had interviewers tell me that I wasn’t skilled enough in a particular area and that my liberal arts education prevented me from becoming an “expert” in any specific area. In the end though, the liberal arts education I received at Alma provided me everything I needed to land a great job and taught me to critically think, stay organized, and be prepared to continue learning even after graduation. These were all skills that my boss was specifically looking for.