When graphic design alumna, Meaghan Glynn ’09, began interning at Turbine, Inc., a premier creator and operator of online games in North America, she never imaged that it would lead to her current career. Now, as a User Interface Artist, she works on unannounced games where she designs user interface systems, creates art assets for final art, and clears obstacles for her supporting teammates.

Fast Track to Career

Mount Ida’s career focused education helped Glynn land an internship at Turbine a year before graduation. Through networking, Glynn learned of the opportunity from her professors and was able to establish relationships early on with industry professionals. The solid portfolio that she created in graphic design courses gave her the edge she needed to land a full-time position at Turbine.

“Thanks to the cultivating and flexible nature of Turbine and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s career paths, I’m on the fast track to becoming a senior in my field,” stated Glynn. “Ultimately, I would like to have a role in management, as I find fostering other peoples’ talents to be hugely rewarding.”

Personalized Program Outcomes

“In the graphic design program, each of us felt like a big fish in a small pond, and our efforts felt extremely rewarding when we could show off our accomplishments in the gallery or in the halls of Chamberlayne,” said Glynn. “Now, working as an artist, the atmosphere is very similar – we share our knowledge from all our different backgrounds to showcase our achievements to the world.”

From personalizing her major, Glynn learned that she could apply 2D design to video games. Her background in designing has paved the way for her to understand and practice usability. Rising to the top of her program, Glynn was awarded the Highest Achievement in Graphic Design.

“In a small program, with the help of my professors and my classmates, I was allowed to flourish in a way that I never was allowed to in high school,” she concluded.

After graduation from Mount Ida College, Kerlee Nicolas ’08 joined ConAgra Foods, a leading Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) company in North America. As a Business Administration alumnus, Kerlee Nicolas found his niche in the industry where he works as an Associate Category Manager with grocery brands at Wal-Mart. In his current role, he focuses on sales trends and key drivers, and creates a story of why his company should or should not move forward with a business decision.

Applying Classroom Lessons

“The academic program at Mount Ida had a great influence on my ability to immediately understand the business principles I would face in the professional world, and gave me the tools for a strong foundation in my career,” said Nicolas. “There are many things that can only be learned with experience, but knowing the basics of supply and demand, cost and margin, how to market a good or service, and understanding what drives consumers to purchase will give you a competitive advantage when entering the work force.”

Possibilities Become a Reality

Prior to graduating from college, Nicolas worked as a Retail Sales Associate for Kraft Foods Frozen Pizza Division. In this role, he woke up at 4 a.m. every day to sell cases of frozen pizza to grocery stores in the Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire area, always making it to class by the afternoon. From that experience, he was promoted when his company was acquired by Nestle USA. After a year and a half, he moved on to work at ConAgra Foods in Bentonville, Arkansas. In the fall 2013, he will begin a part-time MBA program at the University of Arkansas.

“To me, being a Mount Ida graduate represents opportunity,” concluded Nicolas. “I feel blessed and forever grateful for the college and faculty members who took their time to educate and mentor me along the way. No matter where life takes me, I will always have a Mustang family back home.”

Growing up in the City of Malden, Teddy Louis-Jacques ‘11 never imagined that he’d one day have an influence on his local government or teen youth. But this criminal justice major has succeeded, and today he’s helping others do the same. Since graduation, he has worked with as a Constituent Services Representative in the Mayor’s Office and, currently, he is an Assistant Coordinator of the Malden Teen Enrichment Center (MTEC), providing a welcoming, safe environment for teen social interaction.

Becoming a Community Leader

“I’m heading in the right direction,” said Louis-Jacques. “Everything that I’ve ever wanted has come true. I’m working in my hometown for local government, with the youths of the city, and I’m a high school basketball coach. My dream job is to be the Mayor of the City of Malden. I have some ways to go, but I’ll make it happen.”

Louis-Jacques’ determination to achieve his dream job comes from surrounding himself with positive people and, most importantly, smiling every day. During his time at our college, he was a student of The Learning Circle (TLC), 2011 Class President, a basketball player, Student Government Association’s Treasurer and Senator, a Balfour Peer Leader, and a Resident Assistant. Because Louis-Jacques was actively involved in campus life, he developed leadership skills for the real-world.

Mustang Pride & Memories

As a recent graduate, Teddy Louis-Jacques is already singing the praises of former staff and faculty who mentored him in college. He names Deborah Hirsch, Addie Dare, Heidi McLore, Professor Tennant, and his basketball coaches for preparing him with the interdisciplinary skills for his future career in local government. From all his experiences, he is most grateful for learning about teamwork and trusting others, which is a big part of his job in engaging community youth.

“One of my proudest moments at Mount Ida was delivering my speech at graduation as Class President,” added Louis-Jacques. “It was such an honor to represent and lead the Class of 2011, and I am thankful for all of the people that contributed to my success in school.”