Luisa Maria Garcia SAS’14

luisa-maria-garciaThe Communications Arts major, specializing in Broadcast and Print Media, is spending the Spring 2013 semester studying at Richmond University in London and interning with NBC’s Today show.

She writes: “When I am not researching, scheduling interviews or logging footage, I am out on shoots learning from a number of talented field producers. I have already attended an auction with Princess Diana’s most glamorous dresses and met Maggie Smith, also known as Professor McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Dowager Countess of Grantham on Downton Abbey.”

Her semester abroad was made possible in part by the Russell and Deborah Taylor Foundation, which awards scholarships every semester.

Luisa, who is also majoring in Political Science, has been a dynamo in her time at The College of New Rochelle.
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In 2012, she was one of two undergraduates awarded a scholarship under the Emerging Voices program, sponsored by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation and the Ford Motor Company Fund. The year before, she received the Carlozzi Family Scholarship, and was recognized at the New York Women in Communications Matrix Awards luncheon, where she shared the stage with Rosie O’Donnell, Idina Menzel, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and Gwen Ifill, to name a few.

She has interned at WCBS-TV, NY1 News, the Disney ABC Television Group, and The Queens Courier, and has written for The College of New Rochelle’s Tatler. Her plans include a master’s degree in communications and a career in television news.

“At The College of New Rochelle, and as a Communications major, I have learned about news writing, video shooting, editing, and more,” she said. “And while still an undergraduate, I have had the opportunity to take the training and knowledge I’ve acquired in the classrooms out in the field and into real life situations. That’s really neat.”

Being able to take classes outside her majors has also been a plus. “Studying different areas,” she says, “has broadened my horizons and enhanced my ability to reason critically.”