Arts, Media & Design 5 Under 25

After three successful 5 Under 25 events last fall, SAA hosted the first program of 2013 for the College of Arts, Media & Design. Panelists included:

  • Ben Anderson – Music Industry ’12; Founder, Narvii Inc.
  • Daniel Artiges – Architecture ’11; Junior Designer, Koetter Kim and Associates
  • Ian Battenfield Headley – Music Technology, ’11; Composer & Performer
  • Jillian Butler – Communication Studies ’12; Community Relations Coordinator, BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Mike Splain – Music Industry ’12; Application Support Engineer, PayPal, Inc.
Left to right: Moderator Nick Viviano, Daniel Artiges, Ian Headley, Jillian Butler, Mike Splain, Ben Anderson, V.P. of Alumni Relations Jil Rinne

Left to right: Moderator Nick Viviano, Daniel Artiges, Ian Headley, Jillian Butler, Mike Splain, Ben Anderson, V.P. of Alumni Relations Jil Rinne

The CAMD panelists shared their experiences on co-op, in classes, and with their new careers. Having studied abroad twice and completing a co-op outside his major, Artiges stressed the importance of “unique and sometimes uncomfortable experiences” to diversify your time in college. Splain’s experience with co-op started off a little unorthodox – his boss at OurStage left two months in – but what could have been a disaster turned into a surprise opportunity for continuous employment while at Northeastern. Anderson recommended starting your own company while still in college; he used the resources and advice available to to him on co-op at Nimbit and Pay Pal. “If it doesn’t work out, you’re back where you started – still a college student.”

Headley discussed his current involvement at Northeastern, which includes setting up for campus performances as well as continuing music research with his former professors. As the chair of the 2012 Senior Gift Drive Committee, Butler learned the importance of giving back to something you care about at the university, and was also one of two seniors to speak at commencement.

After the formal Q&A portion of the evening, attendees were invited to network with the panelists or ask them more targeted questions.

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Thank you to all of the panelists and everyone who was able to attend this event! The 5 Under 25: Young Alumni Success Stories series will continue on February 14 with the College of Computer and Information Science.

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