Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I was never quite sure what I wanted to do professionally but I knew it had to involve the French language. During my undergraduate studies at Temple University, I came to Paris twice: once for a seminar with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry and once with Boston University for its study abroad and internship program. Both experiences made it clear: I needed to be in Paris.
Getting my Master's in Global Communications (MAGC) from The American University of Paris was most likely the best decision I could have made for my future. With my background in Communications, the MAGC program was an ideal fit for me, as it combined theory with much-needed practical experience, and encouraged me to challenge myself as I wrote and conducted research on topics that truly interested me. Not only did the program offer me a more in-depth study of communications and theory, but it introduced me to an international student body and faculty who were crucial in equipping me with the skills I’d need to set out into the working world. The friends I made here come from all over the world, including the US, France, Brazil, and Colombia, and remain invaluable partners. For all of this, I’m grateful.
As part of the MAGC program, I completed a six-month internship at Landor Associates (Paris office), a leading global branding and design agency where I was on the new business and communication team. This was an incredibly formative experience, where I was able to apply what I’d learned in the classroom to client pitches and helping advance partnerships between Landor and its biggest clients.
Not only did the program offer me a more in-depth study of communications and theory, but it introduced me to an international student body and faculty who were crucial in equipping me with the skills I’d need to set out into the working world.
The training I received in and out of the classroom has been unendingly useful in my post-graduation career. I became a Social Media Manager for Proximity BBDO, an international digital marketing/advertising agency, while my long-running blog opened the door to editorial opportunities, as well as a freelance writing career in travel, food and culture for publications like Condé Nast Traveler and The New York Times. I’m now a freelance social media consultant and editor and I’ve collaborated with companies like Proximity BBDO, Publicis, and Airbnb. I also act as a correspondent for outlets like The New York Times and Afar magazine, and will soon be publishing my first book, The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement (http://www.lostincheeseland.com/books/).
I'm astounded when I hear about the paths that former AUP students have chosen. Some are writers or social media consultants, while others are entrepreneurs or PhD candidates. The one common thread seems to be that AUP was key to their successes. It’s clear that a variety of career paths can emerge from any AUP degree and it’s that balanced combination of diversity and quality instruction that I think ultimately makes an education here so meaningful.