MTV Affiliate Marketing Assistant
New York, NY 10036
Why I Do What I Do: Since high school, I have always dreamed about moving to New York City and working in the entertainment industry. MTV was always one of the top places where I would look for open positions since I was, and still am, a big MTV fan along with pop culture in general. Needless to say, when I obtained a job at MTV, which was located in the heart of New York (Times Square), I really achieved my dream job. I love the fast-paced entertainment industry, because there is always something new to work on and the projects are always interesting and different. I also get great perks such as an extremely laid back work environment, lots of free stuff, and trips to LA and Miami for the awards shows; however, not all of it is glamorous. There are many late nights, tons of stressful situations and very high expectations. Overall, the positives of working in such an exciting and creative environment definitely outweigh the negatives.
Birth Place: Allentown, PA
Current Residence: Hoboken, NJ
High School: Northampton Area High School, Northampton, PA
Accomplishments: Girls' Varsity Basketball Team, Yearbook Editor, Student Council, SADD
Higher Education: DeSales University '2003 - B.S. Marketing - Communications Minor
Accomplishments: Dean's List, American Marketing Association Member, Yearbook Staff Member, Women's Basketball Team (1999-2001)
Jobs Held In College: Work Study, DSU Facilities Crew, Sophomore Year. Work Study, MBA Office, Junior/Senior Year.
Hobbies: Music, movies, and concerts; exercising; learning Spanish; cooking, and reading; NYC nightlife; shopping; and sightseeing.
Favorite Music: Anything and everything -- my favorites are Coldplay, The Killers, Bloc Party, and U2.
Sports Personalities: Brian Schneider, catcher, Washington Nationals and childhood friend; and anyone who isn't aNew York Yankee.
Courses I Loved: Consumer Marketing, Advertising and Promotion, Legal Environment of Business, Professional Speaking, Fundamentals: Public Relations.
Biggest Achievement: Moving to New York City within two months of graduation was, of course, one of my biggest achievements. Then, after a year of submitting my resume to various places, I finally landed my dream job at MTV with the help of a DeSales alumna.
Biggest Disappointment: Realizing that the glamorous NYC lifestyle that you see on Sex and the City and in the movies costs a lot of money, and it can leave you broke if you're not wise with your finances.
Career Goals: By the age of 30, I would like to become a successful marketing executive in the entertainment industry; and eventually, I would like to own my own business. Since I moved to Hoboken, I have always liked the idea of opening a gourmet coffee shop there.
Influential People: Although my family worried about my move to NYC, they always supported me. In college, Dr. Sue McGorry (my marketing professor and advisor) was such an inspirational person throughout my four years at DSU. Her past experiences in New York made me believe that I could make it on my own there, and that I could achieve everything that I wanted. Last but not least, Mary Ann Falk and Ramona Hollie-Major in the MBA Office were like my second moms during my junior and senior years and were always there to give advice and keep me grounded.
Favorite Quote: "Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you'll regret the things you didn't do more than the ones you did." "Everything happens for a reason."
Biggest Challenge: Getting a job in the entertainment industry is extremely difficult to do since it is such a tough industry. Everyone wants the "glitz and glamour" of the job; therefore, there are many people with the same level of education and work experience vying for the same open positions. You need to have a great deal of determination and dedication to keep going at it even if you have rejection after rejection. It is also essential to have a great support staff of family and friends to keep your head up and keep a positive attitude.
Best Advice Received: The best advice came from Dr. McGorry when she told me to move to New York right after college. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to leave.
Advice I Would Give: Live your life to its fullest in college because the real world comes too fast. Make sure to stay on top of all of your classes and take internships, but don't miss out on a social life. Go on spring break, study overseas for a semester, and take day trips with your friends. This will be the only time in your life where you will be able to have the freedom from full-time work and bills, so take advantage of the great opportunities that approach you in those four years, both academically and socially. Also, don't lose touch with your family. They are the ones who will be there for you for the rest of your life, and they will always be there to support you in the long run.
Toughest Obstacle I Overcame: After living in Pennsylvania for 22 years, it was a huge adjustment to start a whole new life on my own without my family or friends close by.
What I Liked Best About DeSales: The faculty and students who made coming to class fun, the beautiful campus in the fall and spring, the great baseball and basketball games, and the formals.
What I Miss Most About DeSales: My friends, the friendly staff, working in the MBA office, Thursday nights at the Tally-Ho, baseball tailgates, Tuesday periogies, nap times, and the Dooling Lounge between classes.
What I Miss Least About DeSales: Parking and campus police!
Advice for Present DeSales Students: Take advantage of the smaller class sizes by getting to know those in your major and your professors and advisors. They are all there to help you succeed and these relationships will make you better both academically and as a person. Don't be afraid to look outside the area when looking for internships in your junior and senior years. Even though the Lehigh Valley has great opportunities, with such a close proximity to Philadelphia and New York, DSU students are lucky to have the chance to just to consider taking an internship in one of these large cities. If you know that you want to work in one of these cities after graduation, getting an internship there is such an amazing start and a great resource to make contacts and to begin to building your professional skills.
One of biggest regrets I have about my college experience is that I never took the opportunity to study abroad. If you are able to study abroad, you are not only furthering your education, but you will be able to experience a completely different culture. Chances are that you will never again get a chance to live in another country for a few months, while at the same time earning college credits and paying a similar amount that you would pay for a semester in Center Valley.
Last but not least, enjoy your four years at DeSales to the fullest. You will meet some great people there that will affect your life forever.