“One person can make a difference no matter where they go”. These are the words of wisdom from 2007 graduate, Emily Robinson (Communication Arts, 07). With an emphasis in Theater and Radio, Robinson has always had a passion for performance. After graduation she moved from Indiana to Chicago.
She has been surprised to find that she is able to obtain a number of odd jobs because of her degree. “I have found that having a communications degree has made me really marketable. People look at my resume and assume that I can do things because of all of the activities and projects listed.”
From being a makeup artist to a sales associate in the men’s department, she has found that her work at IWU has helped her gain access to various work environments.
Although she has done these different jobs, her heart truly lies in theater. A big difference that Robinson notices in the real world is the types of people that she works with. Being in a non-Christian environment a lot of the time has challenged Robinson in new ways.
Finding roles is more challenging because of the conscious effort to participate in plays that are able to adhere to her moral and religious values. But it is the way that she has made relationships with her co-workers that makes Robinson truly stand out amongst the rest. “I have had some great conversations with others, and I have had people ask me, “”What’s different about you?”” And even if they are against what Christianity, they are usually open to having a mature dialogue which has been really cool.”
These days, Robinson is living and working in the Chicago area doing various acting jobs. She is now looking forward to getting married next year and continuing her search for future acting roles in the Chicago area. She will be looking to get an agent and hoping to soon be involved in commercials or television roles.