Student Spotlight: Keira Ezzo C’23

Keira Ezzo ’23                           

What attracted you to Drew?

The small class sizes attracted me to Drew. I really wanted to go somewhere where I felt like I could ask a question.  I also really loved the atmosphere of being “in the forest” and the close proximity to the city to explore museums.

Why did you choose Media & Communications as your major?

I really loved the interdisciplinary aspect of Media & Communications, I felt like I could incorporate a lot of different interests into one area including art, film and music, while also learning more about writing and the history of media.

Have you done any internships?

Over the summer I was the multimedia storytelling intern at the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina, where I created videos about different exhibitions opening at the museum, as well as writing Work of the Week blog posts for their website.

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Currently I am the marketing intern at the Morris Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, where I recently got to go to the opening of the tenth Spark!Lab in the country and the opening of On and Off the Streets: Urban Art in New Jersey.

Do you have any mentors at Drew?

Art History Professor Dr. Peggy Kuntz in the Art History Department.  She was my first year advisor and she really helped me explore different departments before choosing Media & Communications as a major.  She was super supportive throughout the pandemic, not only to me, but anyone who had her, reminding us to take care of ourselves, and to get fresh air, etc.  Also, another mentor is my current Advisor, Dr. Lisa Lynch. She has given me many opportunities to help in the Media & Communications Department.

What issue in the world means the most to you?

It’s probably climate change and global warming.  If we don’t find a way to change our habits, we won’t have a place to live or a place for our children and grandchildren to live, and to me it’s really important to try and save the planet.

What are a few of your favorite memories of Drew?

Because of the pandemic, I do not have a lot of memories of being on campus, but I’ve really loved being a tour guide and getting to interact with prospective students.  One memory I do have, is from Freshman year, a bunch of friends were playing Just Dance in the TB Lounge and just having a really good time, laughing and playing a video game.

How has being part of the Gender and Sexuality Identity/Affinity Community affected your journey at Drew?

I think Drew has really helped me explore my gender identity, and has allowed me to be comfortable identifying with a queer identity.  Drew has always made me feel safe and at home, allowing me to be my most authentic self.

What advice would you give students who are just starting out that you wish you had when you started?

Join clubs, and definitely check your Treehouse, it tells your requirements and what you have completed, what still needs to be done, and what courses will complete those requirements.  I also think talking to your professors about your career goals is very important, because they will remember and help push you towards different opportunities that they believe will help you.

What are your career goals and where do you hope to be in 5 years?

My career goals are to be working within a museum, or in a setting somehow still connected to art.  I want to go to grad school, but that may be a little bit later down the line.

Are there any fun facts you would like to share?

Quazi and I share a birthday!

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