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  • #waybackwednesday Jackie O'Keefe

    #waybackwednesday Jackie Okeefe

    With commencement just a few days away, we've asked our seniors about their favorite activities, classes and other aspects of Dean College. #waybackwednesday will feature a weekly Q&A with senior students to give YOU an inside perspective of The Dean Difference. 

    Read on to learn more about Jackie O’Keefe!

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

    My major is Arts and Entertainment Management. This degree originally interested in me because I always had a passion for the arts, but as I went to the program I decided that I had more of an interest in the entertainment field! So not only was I able to explore the arts in my major but also event planning and venue management!

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

    The best part of my senior year has been the support for after Dean and lighter schedule. Having a lighter schedule after jam packing my previous semesters has given me the time to make my adjustments to life after my undergraduate degree. Not only have the staff and faculty helped me get into graduate school, but assisted me with getting a job as well!

    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?

    During my freshman year I met Christina Frugale who helped me discover my passion for student activities and student programming. She also inspired me to apply to graduate school. I am also very thankful for Brandon Farrell who connected me with a wedding and event planning business to intern at, that turned into a permanent job.

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

    My favorite event of the year is Spring Fling. I’ve had a crucial role in planning and executing this event since my freshman year. This year for my senior year, I decided to take a step back and enjoy the event which I am very much looking forward to! This event wraps up the end of the academic year and brings all students together for a day of fun and relaxation.

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

    My favorite meal at the dining center would either have to be chicken nugget night or the butternut squash ravioli! Both meals only happen a few times a semester and I make sure to schedule them on my calendar when they are being served!

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

    My first friend I made at Dean was Jessie O'Brien, who is also a graduating senior this year. We met at a Board the Bus Trip to a Red Sox game and have been close friends since! We might even be attending the same graduate school!

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

    If I were to go back in time and give myself advice, I would tell myself to not be afraid to get involved right away. Getting involved was one of the greatest things I ever did because it helped me choose my career path, and I made lifelong friends through the clubs and organizations I joined.

    What does The Dean Difference mean to you?

    I believe The Dean Difference is the atmosphere and the opportunities that the institution offers. At any other school, you're not going to be able to be involved in so many different things and in so many different areas on the campus. Because of all the opportunities I've had, I am a stronger and more independent individual.

    What are your plans after graduation?

    After graduation, I will be attending Springfield College pursuing a graduate degree in Student Personnel Administration. I will also be working for All Aboard Event Planning as an Event Coordinator.

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

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