Gillian R.

Tour Guide at Clark University

Class of 2019

Hometown: San Francisco, CA


Major: Screen Studies

Secondary Major: Sociology

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.

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's your favorite class at Clark?

I enrolled for a class this semester that I have only been to twice so far, and I can already tell it will be one of my favorite academic experiences of my undergraduate career. The class is called Community and Health: Nonprofit Grant Writing, and is a class that really puts Clark's LEEP model into practice. Throughout the semester our class will partner with four community based organizations targeting medically underserved populations, and work with their leaders to write grants based on the organizations' specific goals. In December, we will have the incredibly rewarding experience of seeing two of these grants funded, meaning that two of the four organizations will receive money for their future projects. I have loved many classes that I have taken at Clark, but this one is unique in that I feel I will be getting practical experience in the field I intend to go into--nonprofit public health work--and make an actual impact in the community in which I am currently living.

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.

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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