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Genesis Student Spotlights

Jackie Martinek '19
Criminal Justice and Civics

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

Cleveland City Hall with Elena N. Boop, Chief Assistant Director of Law, Litigation

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my genesis experience was learning so much about the opioid epidemic from the meetings I attended and the conference calls I had the chance to listen to. Learning about the opioid epidemic was the highlight of my experience because it broadened my understanding of an issue that affects so many people. I learned about the chain of causation in regards to how the epidemic initially began. I had the opportunity to see a model, or simulation, created by experts to show the importance of the impact of the opioid epidemic’s effects on national and Cleveland levels. I also learned the economic damages associated with the epidemic.

It was also the highlight because I was able to see the legal perspective on the issue when the model was being discussed and simulated. The model focused on various aspects such as parallel developments, opioid use and supply, cost drivers, economic costs, and defendant actions.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

The most challenging aspect was the amount of time I spent sitting down. It may seem minute, but it made me realize that I would prefer to have a career where I am on my feet.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

My Genesis experience greatly affected my future. While I enjoyed my Genesis experience and learned a lot from it, I now know that I do not wish to pursue a career as an attorney. I am still interested in criminal justice, but I think I would prefer a career where I am on my feet more. I find criminal justice to be an interesting field because it impacts our entire society. Peoples’ lives can often depend on the successes and failures of the criminal justice system, and I think working in the field of criminal justice, like law enforcement, would be an amazing way to live my life.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was eye-opening because I had the opportunity to learn more about issues affecting my city and how the criminal justice system actually works.

Past Genesis Student Spotlights

Kara Coulter '19, Fashion and Design

Kara Coulter '19, Fashion

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

I did my Genesis with Jevon Terance in Lorain, Ohio. Jevon is a local designer, who grew up in Lorain and has built his own fashion brand, which includes apparel, jewelry, and accessories. Madison Maniaci ‘18 helped me to connect with Jevon after he served as her Genesis mentor.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my experience was being able to help participate in New York Fashion Week in Jevon’s show this September.

It was so cool. We began on Saturday working in a room with a bunch of other designers and models. Jevon would have to quickly put the models in his outfits, which required lots of quick thinking and a good eye for design. Later, we helped with set-up for the fashion show by getting all of the clothes prepped, pressed, and set out in proper order, as well as assisting with last minute finishes. Once the show began, I helped ready the models for their multiple runway appearances and assisted Jevon with tasks as the fast-paced show came together. It was incredible to see everything come together so quickly!

What was challenging about your Genesis?

A challenge was realizing how you are constantly busy and running around.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

Yes, this experience has made me realize I want to pursue a career in fashion. This helped me realize that I am more interested in the business and marketing side of fashion rather than the design side. I am now considering going to Kent University or the University of Cincinnati because they both have very well-known fashion programs. I hope to major in fashion merchandising and minor in design.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was beneficial because I was able to see all the processes involved with being a designer. I was also able to expand my resources by networking, meeting new people, and making connections with different people in the fashion industry. Now I know many people in the fashion industry who could help me in the future. My experience also helped me realize that this is what I want to do in the future.

Photos from Kara's Genesis

Grayce Shuker '19, Film and TV Production

Grayce Shuker '19
TV and Film Production

Where and with whom did you do your Genesis?

Summer Pre-College Program in Film and TV Production at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Marist College is one of my top choices for college. When I visited, the availability and opportunity to participate in the Pre-College program really caught my interest. I researched this program further with my parents and I decided that the Film and TV Production course sounded most appealing to me and was most similar to my interests in the Communications field.

What was the highlight of your Genesis?

The highlight of my experience was being able to be totally immersed in a field that I am interested in, but never really had any real-world experience with. It felt so exciting to be working with high-class, professional grade cameras, editing software, and other similar equipment.

Some of the projects that I completed were screenwriting/playwriting and writing for teleprompters for interviews, working with computer graphics and teleprompter software, learning about the Audio/Visual aspects of Film and TV Production where I had the chance to work as a floor manager, audio mixer, work on the light board, and learn about various camera angles and technical components of cameras, such as field cameras, small camcorders, and high-quality movie studio cameras.

One project we worked on was to record interviews and shoot “news packages” with field cameras on the Fourth of July. We traveled to the local parade and took turns operating the cameras and interviewing parade participants. Once we had a significant amount of footage, we returned to the editing suite in the Communications building at Marist and spent three days using Avid, a professional editing software, to edit the footage we captured at the parade. I was shocked to experience first-hand how valuable significant footage is and how much hard work goes into the whole production process, not only in shooting but also in editing. My team and I spent many hours shooting and many hours editing to create a news package that was only three minutes in length.

Our biggest project was creating our very own movie. Although it was a very intense process, it was an experience of a lifetime! My professors hired professional actors, and another professor of Screenwriting in the Communications school at Marist, Dr. Dan Amernick (who actually wrote a few episodes for the hit 90’s TV sitcom, “The Nanny”) wrote the script for the movie. We held about eight full days shooting both indoors and outdoors. We used the experience that we gained through alternating jobs for the interviews and took turns in various positions for the shooting days as well. Editing the footage from the movie was a much larger process than the news packages since there was so much more footage, so a specialized group of about five of my fellow students chose to edit the footage for three days. On the final day of the course, my team and I presented our movie to our parents and families.

What was challenging about your Genesis?

One challenge was shifting my focus to only taking one course a day. In my regular everyday classes, I am used to seven to eight hours a day of different subjects, but this experience involved taking one course in Film and TV Production for eight hours a day with only a bit of variance in topics. Although at times it was hard to adjust to this shift, I was able to put such focus into this course because it is a field I am genuinely interested in.

Has Genesis influenced your plans for your college studies or career pursuits?

Yes, this course has definitely influenced my plans for both college studies and career pursuits. I plan on majoring in communications. Through my Genesis, I have found that I am most productive in my work and find the most enjoyment and fulfillment in a creative, hands-on setting. I very much enjoy the entertainment field, whether it be music, theatre, dance, performance, or even social media. My pursuit of study in communications can encompass each of these subtopics which makes me very happy and excited for what my future may hold.

My Genesis experience was...

My Genesis experience was eye-opening because I was able to take the information that I learned and incorporate into so many different parts of my life. I now have different experiences that will help me as a student and as a person. I can utilize my experience in front of the camera to further develop my dance and acting skills. I can use what I learned about teleprompting and computer arts skills using Avid, a professional video editing software, for my interest in graphic design. I can use the skills I learned in script writing, writing for video interviews, and collaborating with others in my future, possibly in public relations or human resources. There was such an abundance of opportunities that I was able to take advantage of and they are so beneficial to me. I was able to put them all into my toolkit which I can use in my future no matter where I end up.