I attended Lehman College from 2003 to 2007. I still cannot believe it has been 6 years since I sat on the Lehman baseball field, sweating from the intense heat in a black cap and gown decorated in honor cords and medals. That was one of my proudest moments and a day I'd never forget.
When I walked into the halls of Lehman's Gillet Hall as a freshman straight out of Stevenson High School in the Bronx, I wasn't sure where I would be or what I would become in four years. Upon my first class, I met many like-minded students from different parts of the world. It felt good to know I wasn't the only one thinking "who am I and where am I going to be once I'm done with college." Many of the students didn't know what they wanted to be either, and that was a comforting feeling. However, my feeling of the unknown didn't last for long. I came across many faculty members that were just not professors, but working professionals in their own fields of study. Knowing I had magazine writers, play directors, music composers, trained dancers, psychologists, political activists and news reporters teaching my classes enlightened me to figure out what I could do to make my future possible.
Lehman's faculty played a huge role in shaping who I am today. I can't say that I remember every professor and instructor's name who stood in front of me in a classroom. I'd be lying through my teeth if I did. But, there are some that had made a very positive impact on my life and career. Professor Tom O'Hanlon from the Mass Communication/Multilingual Journalism department was as humorous about his television career as he was serious about teaching his students. I remember his story about an evening news reporter using the "F-Bomb" like it was yesterday. I also respected how Professor O'Hanlon would tell his students that working in media is nothing without hard work. I can honestly say I agree with him. Hard work plus diligence is the only way to see yourself succeed in a post-college world. I enjoyed his assignments about analyzing television shows as if students were actual producers so we could have a different perspective on what we viewed on the screen.
Another staff member who I became very fond of was the Dance program's Professor Amy Larimer. Amy, as she allowed students to call her, was very different from anyone I've ever experienced. She had a genuine knack for teaching and guiding her students. Dance was more than hops, skips and plies. Dance was about being balanced, graceful and movement. I take those three terms as metaphors and apply them to my everyday life. I enjoyed my first class with Amy so much that I decided to take another class with her knowing I didn't need the class to graduate. For any professor to have a student who wasn't that great sign up for another class says a lot about the person teaching the course.
Today, I find myself 5 years into an amazing career in the hectic world of television production. I started as an Intern at two popular daytime talk shows while attending Lehman. A few months after graduating from Lehman with my BA in Mass Communication, I was hired as a Production Assistant with a nationally syndicated court show. Once my court show stint was over, I became a Production Associate for the two time Emmy winning talk show, "The Tyra Banks Show." Two years later, I was hired as an Associate Producer with NBC's "The Steve Wilkos Show." I was then promoted the next year as a Junior Producer, and this year, I was promoted yet again; this time as a Producer with the same show.
Along my journey, I found myself working and living for two years in Chicago, Illinois for "The Judge Jeanine Pirro Show", an Emmy winning court show. I was also offered to work in Los Angeles, California as a Researcher for the Dr. Phil Show. However, I declined the latter. I was not quite ready to make such a huge move to LA. But, I am sure an opportunity to move to and work in LA will resurface - then, I will be ready.
If not for my time spent at Lehman learning from the knowledgeable faculty and diverse students, I'm not sure where I would be. Education plus hard work is definitely the key to success and Lehman was my key to a very bright future.
First Name: G
Last Name: White
State: New York