The HWS Media Day event, held over the holiday break by the Office of Career Services, took students to New York City for an immersive experience in the world of media and communications.
The day began with an extensive behind-the-scenes tour of the ABC offices. “The studios were amazing, said Jonah Levy '08, who was impressed by the tour of the network’s state-of-the-art facilities on Times Square. “The offices were jammed with people and technology.
Maggie Cullinan '07 remarked on the chance to meet Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts and other personalities. “It was very motivating; I’ve never had an opportunity quite like that before.
After the tour, students sat down for lunch and a panel discussion with alumni and alumnae who gave insider’s views of careers from journalism to film production, including representatives from Fox News, NBC, ABC, Zoomari Films, Travelocity and others.
Perhaps most significant was the time and practical advice given by alums. “I was inspired by their stories, said Cullinan, who went home with more than 50 business cards. “The message that ran through it all was that you have to be passionate and work hard to achieve your goals.
“They told their own stories, said Levy, “about how they got from HWS to the places where they are today and about how a ‘little taste of everything’ from a liberal arts education prepared them for their careers.
“The majority of the alums did not major in media or communications, Levy explained. “They took courses ranging from pre-med to English. It was cool to see some real-life examples of how they made the most of their education.
Alumni, alumnae and parents who helped make the event possible included John Baxley '84, Marc Bloomgarden '90, Steve Bromberg '72, Dana Glaser '98, John McConnell P'08, Rich Schlansker '90, Margaret Shiverick '76, Rob Wussler '83 and Amy Ziff '92.
The Office of Career Services hosted five networking events in New York City and Washington over the holiday break. These events focused on the advertising/PR, media, financial, fashion and political careers.