What is/was your major/year in school?
I am a junior studying Music Business & Entertainment Industries and minoring in Business Administration and Management.
Where are you from? Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I was born in Atlanta, GA and lived there for 11 years. My family then relocated to Coral Gables, FL where my interest in music began. Since leaving Coral Gables my family and I have lived in Birmingham, AL. I have studied cello in the United Kingdom for three summers.
I am a classically trained musician in cello, piano, voice, and conducting. I perform in the Bruce Hornsby American Music Ensemble. In addition, I frequently address prospective and incoming students as a musical ambassador in the Frost School of Music and serve on the executive board for the Music & Entertainment Industries Student Association.
On the academic side, I take great pride in my studies and am a member of several honor societies including the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Alpha Lambda Delta. Furthermore, I have been named to the Provost’s and/or President's Honor Roll during each semester.
What internships or job experiences have you had thus far and how did you acquire them?
Since beginning my studies at UM, I have had the tremendous opportunity to work for Apple in Birmingham and to intern in Nashville's Music Industry.
I first applied to work at Apple when I was 17. Nearly 6 months later I received an invitation to interview for a part-time position. Unfortunately, I had to decline as I was leaving Birmingham to begin my freshman year. However, I was impelled to continue to pursue relations with Apple, and therefore remained proactive in communicating with the Apple managers. Upon returning home after my freshman year, and after three intense rounds of interviews, I became an Apple Specialist.
While I am very passionate about my job, I was determined to gain valuable insight into the music industry. After a few applications had proved futile, I was fortunate to have been recommended to interview for the Nashville Songwriters Association International. After conversing on the phone, I was granted an internship in the sponsorships department. I spent two days a week during the summer designing marketing packets, informational pamphlets and brochures. I also traveled throughout Nashville's famed Music Row to assist with sponsorship seeking activities such as BMI, ASCAP, SESAC and many others.
What services/resources at Toppel have you found to be the most valuable?
I have found that both the resume critiques and the Toppel Internship Program (TIP) have been essential to my career development. After reviewing my resume with Toppel, I have received numerous compliments for its structure, content and creative design. The internship program has been extremely helpful in both coordinating my internship and ensuring that I received the most beneficial opportunities.
What are your plans after graduation?
My post-graduation plans include gaining work experience, attending graduate school and pursuing fellowships. Professionally, I am interested in a number of positions with Apple at their corporate headquarters in California. In terms of graduate school, I have aspirations of applying to a specialized program at Harvard that entails spending two years working in an approved field and seeking an MBA. Finally, I plan on applying for a Rhodes Scholarship to earn a B.A. in Economics and Management.
Regardless of what the future holds, I firmly believe that the University of Miami has done an excellent job in preparing me for life outside college.