What’s the greatest thing Malone prepared you for?
I would say the most important thing I took away from Malone was realizing my passions. I entered as a freshman not having the slightest idea what I wanted to do with my life. By the time I graduated, I had a clear vision of what I was passionate about, and what I wanted to pursue in life. I spent my last semester at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center, which was a great way to transition from college life at Malone to life in southern California.
What’s the best advice you could give about life after graduation?
Life after graduation can be somewhat jarring. You go from a community of friends and professors who are all there to pursue learning and educating, to a stage of life where those structures don’t exist (unless you go to grad school). Although it has merit, try not to exist in that liminal space in your life after graduation for too long. Set goals for yourself, and do your best at accomplishing them. It’s also important to find a network of friends or people with the same goals as you to maintain a sense of community. Staying connected is key.
What skill should recent grads hone?
Develop the ability to network in person and online. Join groups online or meet with people with the same interests through sites like meetup.com. Seek out the advice of people who are currently working in the field in which you wish to work. That could be anything from connecting to people on LinkedIn, to tweeting at someone’s work you admire. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and ask questions of people via social media. Most people are happy and willing to give advice. You never know, building these relationships could also lead to a job.