The ride to declaring my major was a bumpy one. From the time I was in third grade, I was sure that I wanted to be a teacher. I was absolutely positive that there was nothing else I would ever want to do for a living. That all changed for me when I went into my senior year of high school. When I took the risk to be a Communication major, I didn't know what to expect. I have been blown away by the things I have been fortunate enough to experience during my time at Champlain.
I love that everything is hands-on and I love that the faculty genuinely cares about their students. The experiences that I have had in classes are honestly what makes my entire college experience. I am incredibly grateful that I have had the opportunities to go to a television station to see how the news is produced, work as a group with an actual client, record audio for projects, conduct interviews, write news articles and talk to public relations professionals about what their jobs are like.
Some of these chances are things I never would have dreamed of being able to do coming into the school three years ago. Now, I feel as if I will be ready for whatever my future career path might throw at me, and it really is because of what I have been afforded at Champlain.
Julia, Communication MajorConcord, NHDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Sean uses his take charge attitude to build a strategy for success in his education and his future. "Being at Champlain has helped me develop that strength."
"My work-study job at Champlain's Career Services Office as a student assistant has been an important learning experience. I schedule meetings, help with web seminars, host meet-and-greets, prepare for internship fairs and help students find resources in their job-searching process. I like being the one who helps everyone else get things done. Game designers have to know a little bit about everything: art design, programming, character, story line development and more. I want to be an asset to a game development team and help them feel proud of their work."
Sean, Game Design majorBronx, NYDIVISON OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
When I first started thinking about college, I didn't really take an interest. But my best friend kept talking about Champlain College, so I decided to go with her the next time she visited. I came to Vermont and fell in love with Burlington. I looked at a brochure with all the majors, and Digital Filmmaking stood out to me. I talked to some of the program faculty, and they were very passionate about what they do, and I'm a very passionate and creative person. In high school, I didn't think twice about what goes into a film, but decided I wanted to know what it takes.
Over the course of my time at Champlain, one of my most important opportunities has been my internship with Imagine Entertainment. Networking is essential to the film industry—I got the internship because of a Champlain professor who knew Michael Rosenberg. I was lucky to further my connections through lunches with writers, assistants and executives, which gave me a chance to really talk to them. I even had lunch with producer Brian Grazer!
I've gained tremendous knowledge as a filmmaker about many things I didn't know before my internship, and I've learned from industry professionals. I wouldn't have learned about creative producing without them!
Davi, Digital Filmmaking MajorBridgeport, CTDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
What drew me to Champlain was the atmosphere of the campus, as well as the excellent Game Art & Animation program. I've loved video games for a long time, and I decided very young that I wanted to make games. It was a childhood dream that I stuck with through thick and thin, getting me to where I am today. The opportunities I have been given and the knowledge I have gained are something I will always be grateful for. In particular, my production classes for the Game Studio taught me how to work on a team of vastly different people, all working towards the same goal.
Working at the Emergent Media Center was the first place where I worked as a game artist in a team environment on a creative product during my first year. It was an eye-opening experience that very quickly showed me how hard I would have to work in my career, but it was also great to watch the more experienced artists and learn from them. My skills learned in the Game Studio have prepared me for entering the industry, and I am confident that I will one day have the job of my dreams because of that. My experiences in multiple internships also prove to game studios that are considering me for employment that I am able to work in a production environment.
Desiree was also the Lead Artist for SunBots, a senior game which was recognized for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2014 RPI GameFest.Desiree, Game Art & Animation MajorGranby, MADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Video games have been my life since I was a little kid. I'd play video games, listen to video game music, and learn hundreds of fun facts about games. When I was much younger I'd get frustrated at certain points in games, but as I got older that frustration led to analyzing.
Champlain was the first college to contact me, and they sent me information specifically about their Game Design program. The upside down curriculum really caught my eye along with the dedicated major. When I visited the campus, I knew I wanted to come to Champlain.
I've loved my experience in the Game Design program. I learned a good amount of history and began working in teams as soon as I started. During my third year, I studied in Montreal and it was my best semester so far. I learned so many things not only about my field, but also the industry itself and what it's like to actually live as someone working in it. Now, as a senior, I'm with a team of people that I've connected with and we're working on a project we're all passionate about. I'm thoroughly excited to continue working on it and see where it goes.
Finishing college is a very scary thing, but with the communication skills, resource locating methods and team experience I've gained from Champlain, I'm confident that I can fulfill whatever role an employer needs me to do.
Carlos, Game Design MajorWoodbourne, NYDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I originally came to Champlain for Professional Writing. After taking a few classes, I realized how much I missed making visual art. Writing was something I prefer to do for myself, and I realized I wanted to pursue a career in art and design. I quickly fell in love with design and am so happy with my decision to switch majors.
My classes helped me stand out in getting my first internship-not only because of my portfolio, but also because I could confidently articulate my thoughts regarding the design process. Additionally, a keen eye for detail in areas like typography and composition is something I've found is greatly appreciated both in the classroom, where I developed it, and in the workplace, where I apply it.
I learned so much from my internship at KSV, and they even extended it until I went abroad in the spring. There's always a learning curve when starting out in any career, and internships are the perfect opportunity to learn the ins and outs of your field. I've learned important technical details such as how to prepare files properly for print production, how to work with clients, and how to present.
I know that when I graduate Champlain, I'll be confident about entering the job market, thanks to both the quality and the breadth of the education I've received here and from my internship.
Alicia, Graphic Design & Digital Media MajorNorth Reading, MADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I've known I wanted to be a writer for a long time. In high school, I became really involved in journalism and thought I would pursue that field in college.
When I got an email from Champlain about the Professional Writing program, I really liked that I could take courses in a wide range of other writing genres, not just journalism. The fact that the program was both flexible and focused at the same time was incredibly appealing. Plus, a lot of students had been published before they even graduated, which I thought was amazing. I applied Early Decision without even visiting the school. I felt like Champlain was where I belonged.
Since I started college, I've found new passions. I'm focused on copyediting and publishing, and Champlain has allowed me to really tailor my education towards those interests. By the time I graduate, I'll have a Publishing specialization and will have taken courses outside my program in graphic design, art and web development to make me a more valuable asset to a publishing company. I'll also have four years of experience as a writing intern; one year as a proofing/copyediting intern; and one year as an Editor-in-Chief of the College's student-run literary magazine, Willard & Maple.
I've done so much more than I thought was possible because of Champlain. I can't wait to see what I'll accomplish in the future.
Shea, Professional Writing MajorSanta Fe, NMDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I came to Champlain as a Communication major, but throughout my first year and a half, I just wasn't passionate about it. Spring semester of my sophomore year, I took Principles of Public Relations. I loved everything about it from day one. It was everything I had been missing. It combined writing, creativity, social media, some business aspects and people-all skills that are ideal for me to possess and show off. Less than a week later, I was officially a Public Relations major. PR chose me more than I chose it.
Champlain really stresses the more internships, the better. I want to take advantage of that to better my chances of getting a job right after graduation. I'm currently interning at PMG Public Relations, and it's a really hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a PR office.
This internship will give me a competitive advantage and will be beneficial when it comes to finding another internship since I will already know what I am doing on many levels. With the combination of LEAD, Core, major-related classes and a few internships under my belt, I'm positive that Champlain has equipped me with what I need to know going forward.
Taylor, Public Relations MajorDalton, MADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA