Marsha MacEachern '00, G'02
“Emerson is a special, hands-on institution that is what you make of it.”
Why did you decide to come to Emerson?
I had dreamed about becoming a news reporter since I was a little kid, creating fake radio shows and picturing my byline on newspaper articles. I heard about Emerson when I was in college and thought it would be the perfect fit. I was thrilled when I was selected.
How is Emerson a part of your life today?
Emerson is still a big part of my life. As the alumni chair of GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade), and an Alumni Board participant, I couldn’t be happier to give back to the institution that has given me so much. Being an Emerson student really broke me out of my shell and I will always be grateful for that. I’ve also signed up to be an Emissary and have gone back to speak to communication classes. Each month, a large group of my sorority sisters (Kappa Gamma Chi) in the Boston area get together to enjoy dinner and reconnect.
Describe a favorite Emerson memory.
Some of my greatest Emerson memories are while I was on the road, working as a reporter for WEBN. I had the chance to report on a presidential inauguration and traveled to spring training to cover the baseball games. I made some great, long-lasting friendships on this trip and got the hands-on experience that Emerson is known for.
Tell us about an ”Emerson Connection.”
I have one special Emerson connection that led to my present job. I was a victim of the job market and lost my job of three months last spring. Margie Sullivan, who I had met through my involvement on the Alumni Board, was kind enough to invite me to her office to talk about my next career move. She told me about an opening that she had just heard about that day and after some introductions and a few meetings I had the job!
If you are currently working, what is your title and how would you describe what you do to a current undergraduate?
I am an executive assistant and a media relations specialist for The Ad Club. The Ad Club is located in downtown Boston and serves as the trade organization for communications professionals in New England. I perform a variety of tasks, including helping to lead the staff, serving as a liaison to the president, and media outreach to help increase The Ad Club brand nationwide.
Describe a notable achievement in your career.
I have worked as a one-man-band television news reporter and absolutely love the fact that I can now shoot and edit video. Even thought I’m not reporting full time anymore, telling stories still remains a passion for me and I can use my skills to produce videos for the web pretty much wherever I go. I was recently asked to serve as a judge for the local Emmy Awards, which is an honor.
What are your goals for the future?
I would love to start my own business someday producing videos for the web. In addition to that, it would be a dream to work for a production company and work on documentaries.
Describe Emerson in 3 sentences or less
Emerson is a special, hands-on institution that is what you make of it. It offers everything you need to get your career started; it’s up to the student to really take advantage of it all and keep that special connection after graduation.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
Do as much as you can in your field, and try to take a class or do an internship out of your field as well. It’s good to be as well rounded as possible, especially in this uncertain world and economy. Emersonians are communicators and we can use this skill to our advantage in many different fields.
What advice do you have for recent graduates?
Keep that Emerson connection going! Keep in touch with your former classmates and professors if you can. They are all valuable relationships.
What else should we know?
I was a three-sport athlete at Emerson and have coached volleyball at the college level since leaving school.