Chelsy Anne Baker '10 of South Dennis, Mass., attributes her successful job search to the network of MCLA alumni. A leasing consultant at Neponset Landing in Quincy, Mass., she previously was with AmeriCorps for a year, where she served as a communications associate.
Baker, who studied public relations at the College, started her new job earlier this month.
"AmeriCorps was a really great experience, but I was looking to get out of non-profits," Baker said. "A fellow 2010 graduate told me she knew another alum who had this position open and the rest is history. The network of MCLA alums is literally why I even heard of my current position. I owe a lot to them."
According to Baker, the liberal arts degree she earned at MCLA prepared her for the real world through hands-on opportunities.
"I worked in the Student Development Office almost all four years," she said. "I helped with new student orientations over the summers, edited publications, planned and oversaw events, worked with and trained other student employees, and managed the campus' room reservation system, among many other things.
"Being able to balance that position with classes and everything else really helped to prepare me to be organized in my current position," Baker continued. "MCLA really teaches you how to multitask successfully. That skill is needed in any job."
While at MCLA, Baker went to England via a travel course. One of three students to found the Environuts club, she also was a peer advisor, a LEAD Academy team leader, a member of the Dance Company and the yoga club, and served as her freshman class' president in the Student Government Association.
In addition, she attended the Leadership Conference and the Community Clean-up each year. Upon her graduation, she was awarded MCLA's Lorraine B. Maloney Community Service Award.
"I was highly involved on campus because MCLA gave me the ability to be so involved," Baker explained. "The College opened the doors to all these opportunities. ... I was surrounded with the support and confidence to balance three clubs and a job while coordinating a community service program and go to England, study English and science at the same time, while still graduating on time - all on top of an active social life!"
The College's English/communications program was a good fit for Baker.
"I got the background in what I already loved - grammar, literature, etc. - and added in the mix of communications courses which are more applicable in the outside career world," she said. "The liberal arts aspect does not compare to any other type of college degree. Being able to mix all my interests really helped get my mind moving to realize the possibilities are endless and the different jobs that relate to my degree are vast."
Baker added, "I seriously cannot talk enough about how much I enjoyed my time there and how I really felt that everyone wanted me to succeed."