It wasn’t long after setting foot in Spain for the first time in January 2017 to do my third semester in Valencia that I realized that this is the place where I belong. Being a film scoring major and being a Los Angeles native, one would think that L.A. is where I’m meant to be. The career opportunities, the ability to put my education to work in a city with an abundance of creative professionals makes it almost too obvious that I should be there. Not to mention that my family is there, and I spent eighteen years living there. But my heart is in Spain.
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By Alyse Brown
After attending the Silicon Valley Trip, my perspective on the tech industry has changed. The opportunity to meet with top companies has opened my eyes to many positions where a Berklee student could work at after graduation. I had been planning to attend graduate school next year, but after meeting with Berklee alumni, I am now contemplating taking a different path. The alumni dinner was really impactful for me, as it showed me a new range of benefits that can be achieved with a music degree from Berklee. This could include being able to be incorporate music into apps, or creating music for video games. At most of these companies we were not only seen as musicians, but as innovators. It was inspiring to see the vast number of Berklee graduates who are successfully making their mark on Silicon Valley.
By Isis Alava
After arriving home from Silicon Valley, I realized something that I should have noticed a long time ago. I realized how versatile a music degree can be in just about any industry. When I was in high school, I remember most teachers telling us students to go into STEM degrees because music was too unstable. If they were to go to Silicon Valley with Berklee students, they would realize that they are wrong.
By Jasper van Dijk
This trip is one of the reasons why I came to Berklee. It’s not everyday that you get an inside look into some of the most hard-working, innovative companies. It seemed that each place we visited continued to be more and more exciting, with the first day truly setting the tone. One of the most captivating takeaways for me about Stanford’s d.school is the collaborative atmosphere fostered on campus, allowing professionals from various backgrounds to create, design and innovate. The spaces are designed to design; whether you’re studying acoustical engineering or user experience design (UX). I truly believe that this concept of professional collaboration across various departments applies to every place we visited.
“Life’s what you make it, so let’s make it rock!” Hannah Montana back in the day said it best, and as we head into the second half of our school year, the student team at Berklee’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) has been wondering, how do students rock their Berklee experience? It’s safe to say we’ve all come to Berklee with the intention of learning. However, learning has many different forms. The Majors Grids we follow for academic completion are very helpful, but what other practices have we used to personalize and curate a collegiate career that is right for us?
As we close 2018 and prepare for the new year, the BerkleeICE team asked various alumni about their personalized Berklee experiences.