My name is Julia Bidelman, I just started the final semester of my senior year at Olivet College as a media production and communication major. I was unsure about whether or not I wanted to go to college, but I fell in love with the yearbook class in high school and I wanted to continue something similar in college. I ended up only applying to Olivet after I found out they offered a journalism and mass communication program (now known as the media production and communication major). After I received my acceptance letter in the mail, I decided that this is where I wanted to spend the next four years of my life. Olivet’s campus is about as small as my hometown of Genesee, and that is one of the main things that caught my attention about this school. Olivet’s campus began to feel like my second home after only being here for a couple of days. I began to create bonds with staff members and friends who made me feel welcomed and comfortable in my own skin.
Over the course of the past four years, Olivet has allowed me to do things that I wouldn’t have ever pictured myself doing. I joined Alpha Lambda Epsilon (Alpha E), which is the only co-educational Greek society in the nation. I also had the chance to become a part of the Difference Makers service learning program, which gives incoming freshmen a great scholarship and allows students to travel around the country to perform community service. So far, I have been able to travel to Tennessee, Florida and Pennsylvania while being a part of this group, and for spring break this year we will be going to Mississippi. I have been doing community service work since I was in seventh grade because I love the way it makes me feel when I am able to give back to my community.
I believe that OC has helped me plan for my future by providing me with many opportunities to grow as a person and a professional. I have held many roles on campus, such as the station manager and host for Olivet’s on-campus radio station, WOCR 89.1 “The One,” the social media coordinator for OC Student Media and the accreditation chair for Alpha E. In addition, I served food in the Kirk Center during my freshman and sophomore years, I was a staff writer for “The Echo” student newspaper, and now I’m ending my college career by interning with the Marketing Department.
Some of the goals I want to accomplish before my time at Olivet ends in May are to secure a job in the media field, help Professors Daine Pavloski and Joanne Williams find someone to take over OC Student Media, find an apartment in Lansing, and gain more knowledge about working with a team, rather than working alone, while being an intern.
As my college career is coming to a close, I think I have finally decided what I want to do after I graduate. As of right now, I am hoping to either become a social media coordinator or to work with a social media team at a nonprofit organization. I think that this would be the perfect fit for me because it is a mixture of two things that I enjoy doing most — helping the community while also being able to work in the media industry.
I hope you enjoyed learning about my experience on Olivet’s campus. Make sure to look out for more stories written by me throughout the 2022 spring semester.
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