Junior Park Scholars Participate in Annual Shadowing Trip
By: Adam Polaski
The Park Scholar class of 2012 spent their Fall Break in New York City as part of the annual junior class New York City Shadowing Trip. Held from Oct 14-16, students got the opportunity to observe and follow professionals in the communications field.
The group of 15 students left on Thursday, Oct. 14, making the four-hour drive to The New Yorker Hotel, where they stayed for the weekend. Most of the Park Scholars shadowed during the day on Friday, meeting up with, for the most part, Park Scholar alumni who have found success in media jobs all over the city.
The shadowing experience is important for the juniors because it gives them an idea of a day in the life of someone with their potential career—a snapshot into their possible futures.
This year’s scholars spent their mini-vacation at a wide array of companies, publications and organizations, including WABC-TV, ESPN, Tremor Media, Nick, Jr., CancerCare, FourthWall Events and Sesame Workshop.
Television-Radio major Paul Jensen shadowed Billie Rama at CBS Radio, where he observed the digital media group’s management of the website, sat in the recording booth during a live AM radio newscast and helped the video staff with setting up lights and audio for an interview with singer Jesse McCartney.
“I received some great career advice and saw how a group of radio stations use different forms of media to connect with their audience,” Jensen said.
Integrated Marketing Communications major Amanda Riggio spent the day at Mcgarry Bowen Advertising Agency, where she shadowed Jessica Gardner. Riggio observed development for a commercial to be shown to focus groups and learned a bit about the art of sound mixing.
“It was a very eye opening experience; I was able to talk to various executives about how they got into the business and, more importantly, they gave me helpful advice” she said.
Friday night and Saturday the students had free time to explore the city, which they used to catch up with old friends and former Ithaca College students, navigate their way through huge museums like the Natural History Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and get a taste of the city’s finest culinary offerings.
They returned to Ithaca on Saturday night, exhausted from the weekend but excited about all that they took away from their experiences.