Kirsten's professors bring industry experts into the classroom...Something that is special about my major is that the professors go out of their way to bring the real world into the classroom. I've met many people in the industry because my professors invited them into class, and I've been to news stations and production studios on field trips. The professors here are dedicated, thoughtful, and some of the smartest humans I've ever met. If a job opportunity lands in a professor's inbox, they'll send it straight to their students to pursue. Kirsten flew over the Atlantic Ocean for the first time with her Core class...My favorite Core experience was travelling to Spain and Portugal with my Aesthetic Expressions class taught by Gary Scudder-it was my first time flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Connecting what we had been studying in the classroom and seeing and experiencing those concepts firsthand in new countries was astonishing. My favorite part of the trip was the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain, because I was able to see the amazing pieces of art that we had read, talked and written about. It definitely was a very unique experience. Kirsten was an intern at Champlain's Emergent Media Center...I was the Video and Audio Producer on the Stern Building Blocks team. I was responsible for recording and editing all of the voice-over audio for around 30 hours of videos that we created for the new Building Blocks online 3-credit course, which teaches people how to teach children language and literacy. I also produced, filmed and edited the introduction and conclusion videos of Stern's CEO for the course. Being on this team gave me the opportunity to combine my creative skills with people who have different skill sets to create a product for a client. When I apply for jobs after graduation, this internship will show that I have previous experience working with clients, and that I can handle a large quantity of responsibilities while being able to work in a team environment as well as by myself. Kirsten lives an active lifestyle through her on-campus involvement...I am a Ski and Rider Club officer and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. I play intramural soccer, and I am on the Women's Rugby Club team. I enjoy all of these extracurricular activities because they have allowed me to meet so many more people on campus and make new friends that I probably wouldn't have met any other way. They also keep me active, and I enjoy spending my time doing fun things with these people. Kirsten's advice for prospective students...Be proud of your work. Be motivated, passionate and don't be afraid to share your ideas. Champlain's culture is creative and mindfully-stimulating, and everyone encourages making your visions into realities. This is a place to dive right in to whatever you're into.
Kirsten, Broadcast Media Producation major
Studied abroad in Auckland, New Zealand
DIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Conor appreciates how career-focused his major is... I was looking through the Princeton Review for top game design schools, and Champlain caught my interest. I had to visit! I always wanted to be a game designer growing up, so the Game Design major was perfect. When I stepped on campus for the first time, I could really feel the career focus that Champlain has. The faculty were willing to show me what their classes were working on, and they answered every question I could come up with. I love being able to work in teams to make games. When it's finished, I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, and it's amazing. Conor's Core class created a piece of art in Burlington...Core has actually made me want to travel the world. I was lucky enough to get to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and I got to experience all walks of life and cultures in one place! My favorite Core experience was getting to do a 70' x 100' spray paint mural for the new Generator Space in my Aesthetic Expressions: Street Art class. It was an awesome research project that is now a permanent work of art in Burlington. Conor's classwork makes his experience unique... I got to make an arcade-style game with a team that was really fun to create and play. The game uses a steering wheel and Wii remote gun to shoot aliens and drive through a wasteland. I have learned so much from this one project, and it has been one of my favorite experiences at Champlain. Conor shared his knowledge with young gamers... I am a Student Ambassador on campus. My job has taught me how to communicate with people from all walks of life. It helps my public speaking skills, and I get to interact with important people on campus. I worked for iD Tech over the summer, and I got to teach what I learn in classes at camp. I love getting to help campers make levels in Unreal Tournament 4. It's really awesome getting to experience that feeling of success with them.
Conor, Game Design major
Studied abroad in Montreal, Canada
Montserrat was excited to jump headfirst into her major...When I was younger, I always considered myself an artist and was lucky enough to attend a boarding school which focused its curriculum on art. While I was there, I fell in love with the camera and knew I had to stay behind it for the rest of my life. It was very important to me to be able to expand my skills within my craft from day one, and Champlain was one of the few schools that were willing to let students jump headfirst into their majors. Being able to set foot on a film set as a first-year student definitely sets my experience apart from that of my peers who are attending other schools, while also allowing me to explore my passion for advertising through the Marketing minor. Montserrat went to Zanzibar with her Core class...Core serves as a vehicle by which students can learn about other people and how different parts of the world function, all through a curriculum that emphasizes the importance of perspective and empathy. My favorite Core experience has been Professor Scudder's Aesthetic Expressions travel course to Zanzibar. Within this course, we analyzed art forms from various cultures and what art means to people in different parts of the world. As someone who considers themselves an artist, it has been a magical experience to find a Core class that not only emphasizes my interests but also connects to my major. Montserrat loves how well-rounded Burlington is...What I like most about Burlington is that if I feel like going for a hike during the day and getting dressed up for a night out, I can do both in the same city. Burlington's charm is epitomized by its touches of art and nature on every corner of the street. Murals decorate walls along Church Street, which is just minutes away from a calm walk by the lake. Burlington has everything available, which makes it the perfect, well-rounded place to go to school. Montserrat is involved with many aspect of campus life...I am the President of Alianza Latinx (a Latino/a affiliation group). I am involved in CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming) and the Stiller Women in Business groups, and work with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Within these clubs, I've been able to broaden my perspective on diversity on campus and proudly represent my heritage and interests. I have also worked as a junior video producer for the Emergent Media Center and the Department of Strategic Communications, as well as held a position as a Resident Assistant and Communication & Creative Media division representative for the Student Government Association. These positions have allowed me to strengthen and develop leadership and organizational skills, and directly apply to my major-related coursework.
Montserrat, Filmmaking major
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
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
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