Transfer Spotlight: Three new forces to reckon with

Name: Alexandra Whitman

Year: Freshman

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Major: Writing for Film and Television

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Previously attended: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles

Whitman said that she looks forward to the variety of classes offered in her major at Emerson instead of the traditional required classes at LMULA. She said she also loves that unlike Los Angeles, Boston is easier to travel around through public transit. The strongest catalyst for her transfer was her advisor Amy Grill, who used to work at Emerson before moving to LMULA. She persuaded Whitman that Emerson would be a good fit for her. Whitman said she looks forward to becoming involved with the Emerson Channel and the EVVY Awards.

Name: Michael Iemma

Year: Junior

Major: Film Production

Hometown: Johnston, RI

Previously attended: Wagner College, Rhode Island College, University of Rhode Island and Berklee College of Music

Iemma pursued a musical theatre degree at Wagner, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island before deciding to focus strictly on music and attend Berklee. While there, he became interested in Emerson’s film program. “I fell in love with Berklee, so I figured out a system to do both,” he said. He plans to attend Emerson during the school year and finish his music degree at Berklee during the summer. He said that he looks forward to an experience outside of a classic college rule book. “Before, I had put my head down and pushed through, so I’m excited to enjoy my time here now,” he said.

Name: Caitlin Duffy

Year: Freshman

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Rahway, NJ

Previously attended: American University

Duffy plans to conquer WERS’s radio waves. At American University, she disliked the curriculum which she described as “too straightforward and right from the book” and chose Emerson for its perfect balance of creativity and communication. She plans to use her experience at American University’s radio station to become involved with WERS. “Radio is a form of release for me because I’m a big music geek,” she said. She prefers indie and classic rock artists like The Doors, The Arcade Fire, and The Decemberists.