Alexandra Pate (BS '16, Media & Cinema Studies)
Communications Designer & Social Media Coordinator, Common Ground Research Networks
What is one of your favorite memories as a student in media studies, cinema studies, or media & cinema studies? (It could be a memorable class, professor, event, organization, etc.)
Volunteering for Mediapalooza was a rewarding experience. When I was in high school, I happened to be on campus when Mediapalooza was taking place. Stopping by the event and talking to Heather Zike (my former adviser) is what inspired me to apply to be a MACS major. It was nice to be able to be on the other side of things and help recruit potential College of Media students.
Professor Newcomb's "Haunted Cinema" course was a really fun class. Being able to study a favorite movie genre of mine in a social and political context brought a new perspective of the genre.
What are some of your career highlights so far?
I create and manage email marketing that reaches 340,000+ domestic and international delegates.
While working for the Library IT department as a Content Specialist, I supported the design, implementation, and migration of web content for the library’s new content management system (WordPress). The College of Media was one of the library websites that I was in charge of. It was rewarding to use my degree to improve the user experience for students from my college! I also created a Twitter and marketing strategy for the Library IT department that is still in use today. @UILibraryIT
What advice do you have for current students in media & cinema studies?
Work hard, but also don't stress yourself out too much. I would advise students to not fret about that extra 0.01 on your GPA and instead cut yourself some slack. Take advantage of every opportunity to network and gain experience. Experience is key!
Also, if you are on the shy side like myself, take advantage of office hours! Professors are more than happy to help and answer any lingering questions you have.