Gillian R.

Tour Guide at Clark University

Class of 2019

Hometown: San Francisco, CA


Major: Screen Studies

Secondary Major: Sociology

What is your most meaningful place on campus?

My favorite place on campus is Razzo Hall, in the Traina Center. Razzo is a beautiful theater, which hosts the film screenings that are required for most Screen Studies classes. There are also many speaker events in Razzo, often hosted by the Visual and Performing Arts Department. I have watched some of my favorite films in Razzo, as well as seen multiple inspiring speakers, like Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend It Like Beckham. To me, Razzo Hall represents my time in the Screen Department, as well as the interaction of the artistic and the academic at Clark.

What's your favorite thing to do in Worcester?

Honestly, my favorite thing to do in Worcester is just to walk around and explore. I love to make playlists for my mood and walk around the neighborhood by myself, or to take evening walks around University Park with my friends. In my opinion, walking is the best way to get to know a city, even though it requires a little patience.

What makes you feel most alive?

What makes me feel the most alive is working with children. I love youth work, because there are always opportunities for breakthroughs, no matter how small they may seem from an outside perspective. At Clark, I have had some incredibly rewarding youth work experiences, from leading a STEM enrichment program at Columbus Park Preparatory Academy to being a mentor for a program called All Kinds of Girls which serves Worcester girls ages 8 to 15. It sounds cheesy to say, but I feel that I have really learned as much from these kids as they've learned from me, if not more, and these youth work opportunities have made a huge impact on my Clark experience.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I'm working on my application to study abroad at the University of Sterling, in Scotland. I am incredibly excited, as I've never traveled off of the continent! Looking further forward, I am also beginning to work on a proposal for my honors thesis in the Screen Studies department, which will look into experimental filmmakers and consider the ways in which elements of avant garde cinema have been able to make their way into the mainstream.

I'm passionate about...

Being a mom Friendship Film Mexican Food Reproductive Rights David Lynch Working with Kids Coffee

I'm involved with...

NARAL Pro-Choice Student Mailroom Clerk Columbus Park STEM Enrichment Program All Kinds of Girls (Mentoring Group for Worcester Girls)
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