Olivia Bruce was born and raised in the Washington DC, metropolitan area. She will be graduating in 2017 with a major in Media Studies & Production, a concentration in Film and Television, and minors in Studio Art and Digital Media.
How did you decide on your major?
Originally my major was Studio Art because prior to college I studied visual arts. I changed my major sophomore year to make myself more marketable after graduation. I knew my future career would’ve benefited me more if I added another major that was more conducive to what was going on in the creative industry today.
Did you participate in any noteworthy extracurriculars?
In the spring of sophomore year, I accepted a job as the Video Production and Graphic Designer, Student Assistant at the Student Financial Services Office. I currently create and design all logos, flyers, posters, and presentations for Financial Aid sponsored events. I’m also responsible for handling customer service calls, filing general financial aid information, and interacting with students and staff. My junior year I was the Public Relations Manager for the Black Student Union (BSU). I assisted the board in creative ways to attract and engage members via various social media platform. This experience helped me build substantial experience with social media including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. I also created a web series, “Pop of Color,” which is a reality documentary that provided students a platform to express their views regarding social, political and campus news.
What was your favorite part about the Marist experience?
My freshman year at Marist College I was accepted into the Freshman Florence Experience (FFE) program. It was a great opportunity for me to experience going to Italy as a freshman and being exposed to a different culture. I’ve learned so much about my visual arts craft and was able to build my portfolio there.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I’ve been applying for jobs within the film and television industry and advertising industry. I’m thankful that I decided to add the digital media and design component to my education. Hopefully, this will give me greater options for career opportunities after graduation.
Any advice for high school junior and seniors considering Marist?
Be passionate about what you want to do in life. If you have a vision, speak it into existence. When you have a disciplined and creative mindset, Marist can help guide you to reach your goals and make them a reality. Be a leader, be honorable, and proud of yourself and your accomplishments.
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2017
Major: Media Studies and Production
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York