My name is Julia Alpern. I am currently a Sophomore at Ithaca College, majoring in Television-Radio with a concentration in Media Production. It's definitely among the best programs within the Roy H. Park School of Communications. Deciding to attend college here was the best decision I've ever made. Just in the first month of school, I've learned many new skills and enhanced my existing abilities in the field of communication. From learning ProTools and Avid to forming long-lasting friendships with people whom I may work with one day, knowing there is still much to come. I've gotten involved in many clubs and activities on campus, including IC Ballroom Club, Harry Potter Alliance, Fun Without Drinking, and participating in the First Year Cabaret. I'm also working behind the scenes on two ICTV shows, Pop Quiz and Backstage Comedy. Yet skyping with legendary alumni such as Bill D'Elia and Ellie Rountree has shown me a vast network far beyond what I had known. My mind has been opened up to endless possibilities. I can be anything, go anywhere I want from here. So where do I want to go?
Goals of mine consist of being successful, obviously. But what is success? In a way, success comes when we're happy and content with ourselves. Getting involved in the media industry is something that will make me happy, therefore I will feel successful. I know there will be challenges I will face, and there are clear examples of this everywhere. They include cultural and global differences within media, the ever-growing usage of social networks, influences and opinions from critical audiences, advancing technologies, and the constant biases of the news and how we interpret it. Yet pushing past that and achieving my goals is very important to me, and I will work hard to do so. I dedicate myself completely to a project, and sometimes my perfectionism benefits me. However, I will keep reaching for bigger and better things. As Frank Sinatra once said, "Fly me to the moon, and let me play among the stars".
The skills and talents I possess are widely varied. I've always been a very musical person, having taken six years of piano lessons, and then six more years of guitar and voice lessons. I feel comfortable when I'm singing or performing for an audience. A few years ago, I produced and released a CD of original songs. It was a big project that I learned a lot from; I overcame struggles and gained new abilities. Even hearing from various alumni in S'Park has taught me lessons like being creative and not being scared to take a leap outside your comfort zone. I'm not afraid to take those risks, and it's a lesson that college has slowly and delicately been engraving into my brain. Breaking into this industry will be a difficult, and I will be prepared for it. I won't shy away from something if I am motivated to earn the end result. Right now, I'm not entirely sure the specifics of where I want my career to take me. Hopefully one day I'll be working for a major network of some kind, probably behind the scenes. Maybe I'll be a producer, a director, an editor, or possibly something entirely different. We'll see where my life decides to take me.