According to Nora Weiss '12 of Dorchester, students at MCLA can be in charge of something "really big" and be seen as professionals by those they work with. "Getting involved at MCLA is the easiest thing in the world. If you see a club, you join it or create it," she said.
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"Being involved at MCLA really is a simple thing," Weiss said. "All clubs are accepting and are motivational; I found that I'm really good at marketing and writing through some of the clubs I'm in. Clubs can also be that springboard to help to determine a major, or even a career."
In addition to serving as her class' treasurer, Weiss is an assistant programmer for the MCLA Presents! series, which showcases a wide variety of theatrical and musical groups and more from around the world. In this position, she creates itineraries for all of the acts that perform, writes press releases, and keeps in contact with the agents and the artists.
An arts management major, Weiss plans to return to Boston after she graduates next year.
"There's such a thriving alternative arts underground in the city that I just can't ignore. I've recently been looking into fashion marketing, as well as small record labels and performance spaces. There's a part of me that wants to write, market, and overall participate for these ideas," she said. "My long term dream is create a performance space or a small club in Dorchester that will encourage public education and open the smaller towns of Boston to new music, different cultures and really learn appreciation for what is different."
Weiss also works as a marketing and public relations intern for MCLA's coordinator of marketing and communications, and serves on the Student Activities Council.
"I am making a difference in the school as the vice president and public relations chair," she explained. "Recently, I hatched a marketing plan to announce our spring concert. I painted a wall-length exclamation mark with the SAC logo on it and released specific information week by week.
"I do all these things because I can. MCLA gives me to opportunity to take on any mission I want. I feel like those who go to bigger schools really miss out how to be a leader first hand," Weiss said.
"Most professors I have encountered have been personable and helpful, especially those in the arts management department," she said. "They are informative of not only academics, but real life experiences they want students to go through, like conferences and internships. Arts management professors really emphasize the importance of academia and real life work ethics meeting in the middle."
Weiss' other activities include traveling to Belize last year to participate in a community service project during MCLA's annual Alternative Spring Break. She also is an active member of the Ski Club and the Rugby Club, and served as a peer advisor to incoming first-year students.
At MCLA, "I've really also learned to believe in myself, as well as to chase the impossible dream, and also to amend it," Weiss said. "I can take these ideas I've always had and adjust them so they work with me and I can one day achieve them."