By Kevin Reidy, ΒΧ
Often in this pandemic, the best events remind us that internet isn’t the only important connection.
On a sunny Saturday afternoon in late winter quarter, the Psi Chapter welcomed back a panel of alumni with experience working in the arts, media, and entertainment industries. Calling in from around the U.S., they included Josh Epport, Dr. Thomas Gamboa, Belinda Sumali, Amy Poliner, and Christina Martin, each of whom has built an impressive career and whose combined work has spanned all across the country in different sectors of the arts, from live performance to advertising to music licensing.
With such a diversity of experiences from the panelists, PsiEK attendees to the event with different backgrounds and interests were welcomed with a wide range of ideas about how to enter different parts of the arts industry, how to learn, and how to succeed. Alumni Relations Officer Carrie Appel asked the panel questions on behalf of students who submitted questions. A question submission form before the event allowed actives a chance to bring up any points of interest or inquiries they wanted to be addressed by the panelists. In addition, breakout sessions later in the event encouraged students to connect with the alumni more directly, to talk about any of those inquiries or interests.
Overall, the event was a heartwarming success. Many students stayed on for a few minutes after the scheduled end of the event just to thank the alumni for coming and sharing their thoughts, stories, and hard-earned wisdom. The smiles shared by the group signified lasting connections, made possible by the generosity and openness of the panelists, the willingness of the students to learn and meet new people, and—admittedly—the internet.
Maybe the internet can ensure other important connections, after all.
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