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  • #waybackwednesday Pat B.

    Wednesday Pat

    As commencement approaches, we wanted to check in with a few members of the senior class to learn about their experiences at Dean! #waybackwednesday will feature weekly Q&A that will give you an inside perspective on student life at Dean College. 

    Read on to learn more about Pat B.

    What is your major? Why did you decide to pursue your selected major at Dean College?

    I am an Arts and Entertainment Management major. I grew up being a musician and being surrounded by the arts and wanted to find a sensible job while continuing to be involved with that community. I picked Dean because it was the one college I was interested in that focused on the arts.

    What has been the best part of senior year at Dean?

    The best part of senior year so far has been refining my resume and creating a profile for myself to enter the working world. I have been going to school for such a long time, and it feels good to write down what I have accomplished in the last four years. It has helped me see the bigger picture a little more clearly and understand that everything I have worked for has been preparing me for life after graduation.

    Is there a specific faculty/staff member that had a positive impact on your time here at Dean? What did they do to help you grow as a student? What year did you meet them?

    Two staff members that greatly impacted my time here at Dean are Maureen Crowley, the assistant vice president of marketing and communications, and Chelsea Wojciechowski, the graphic designer for the college. They are two staff members who I have worked very closely with and have given me wonderful support and opportunities. Both have helped me grow as a future professional, teaching me how a real marketing department runs. They have each helped me with assignments for my classes and have even helped me spruce up my resume. I had the pleasure of meeting them my junior year as we were practicing for the NFL opening ceremony at Gillette Stadium. I can’t express how thankful I am for all of their support and the opportunity and experience they have given me.

    What was your favorite event (sports, club/org, holiday, academic, etc.) that you participated in during your time at Dean?

    My favorite experience at Dean College has been participating in the Fall Music Festival. The venue management course at Dean coordinates a music festival during which musicians from outside the Dean Community attend and perform at the college. Through this experience, I had the opportunity to work with musicians and handle the contracts we make with them. The entire event is run by Dean students and is truly a favorite of mine.

    What was your all-time favorite meal at the dining center during your time at Dean? Why?

    This is a very difficult question. I think that my favorite meal in the dining center is when they do a mashed potato bowl. There is something about a bowl of loaded mashed potatoes that makes me keep getting more. They have all different toppings such as popcorn chicken, cheese, scallions and even barbeque sauce. How could you not love that?

    Who was the first friend you met during your first year at Dean? How did you meet?

    The first friend that I met during my first year at Dean was a guy named Tom. We met because I was having a friend from home who went to Dean show me around and introduce me to people. Tom happened to be the first person we ran into. He was wearing a band’s t-shirt that I liked, and the friendship just took off from there. We are still great friends to this day thanks to Dean.

    What advice would you give yourself as a freshman coming into Dean?

    Go to class! We have small classes and the professors do recognize when you are not there. It is such a simple thing to do, but it makes all the difference. You are paying for these classes, so you might as well go to them. I have never regretted going to a class.

    What does The Dean Difference mean to you?

    The Dean Difference is having the opportunity to create the education I need to succeed in my field. The school has given me the opportunity to make an individually designed concentration so that I can focus my coursework on music and the music industry. This opportunity has given me great confidence as I go into the working world.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    After graduation, I plan on moving to New York City. Ideally, I would like to work in the music Industry, but I am eager to see what opportunities I’m presented with. Although I will miss college, I am excited to enter the working world and see where things go.

    Check back on the Dean College Blog webpage every Wednesday for more Q&A’s with our graduating students!

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