Wednesday Student Spotlight

Name: Nicolas Medrano, Harvard College, Junior

Job Title: Filmmaker Intern

Appreciation note from Nicolas' Supervisor: "Nicolas is a hardworking, highly creative, and technically experienced intern whose expertise has been a valuable asset to the Content Lab since the day he began working. Our work wouldn't be possible without creative student minds like his!"

A Q&A with Nicolas

What made you apply to your current job while being a student?

Nicolas: As a writer-director, I wanted a creative position. Working at the Content Lab was the perfect opportunity. Additionally, I'm doing work that makes a difference –– the Lab targets underrepresented applicants. I've loved my time at Harvard, so I felt this was also a great way to give back.

Where did you find your job?

Nicolas: SEO Job Database

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

Nicolas: Google Calendar! I also make sure all my classes and extracurricular activities balance well with each other before the semester begins. You have to know your goals/values. Then, pick activities and projects that align with them. After that, I've found that time management falls into place. You give your time to what excites you the most. The rest is working out kinks in your schedule. The biggest challenge is realizing that you can't give 100% to every activity, even if you love them all. My most significant hurdle has been understanding this and knowing when I have to cut myself off.

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

Nicolas: I plan, film, edit, and distribute videos for the Admissions Office. That includes social media strategy throughout.

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

Nicolas: I used to be a joint major with film. I switched out of the film major into a joint concentration with philosophy, but writing-directing is what I'll pursue after graduation, so there's a direct connection.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? What lessons have you learned that you’ll take with you after graduation?

Nicolas: Think deeply about what kind of work you want to be doing! There are numerous job opportunities on campus. The chances are high that you'll find something that aligns well with your goals/values. Also, don't be afraid to propose a new position or cold-email folks. It's clear to many, but your time is most important –– so spend it how you want!

 

 

Name: Olivia Poston, Grad Student at GSD

Job Title: CNC Technical Assistant

Olivia Poston 

A Q&A with Olivia

What made you apply to your current job while being a student?

Olivia: With my background in architecture, this opportunity would strengthen and challenge my skills in model making, fabrication, and craft. Understanding the milling equipment and the software programs at this intimate level provides my current and future work with a rigorous devotion to detail.

Where did you find your job?

Olivia: This position was sent to the student body of Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Knowing that the position in the Fabrication Lab would be highly engaging and technical, I applied through the University student portal and interviewed with Fabrication Lab staff in the following weeks.

How have you been able to balance your schoolwork and work responsibilities? What are your personal keys to success and what challenges or hurdles have you encountered?

Olivia: The short answer is yes. Although the spring semester courses have a heavy workload, I have been able to balance my work schedule, sleep schedule, and course load in a healthy manner. Continue to ask questions to mentors and advisors. They are here to support you and challenge your perspective.

What does your typical day look like at work? What do you love the most about your position?

Olivia: When a student submits a file, the CNC Teaching Assistant will review the file to ensure a smooth cut process. The TA team will also manage and oversee the use of equipment and tool changes.

How does it relate to what you are learning at Harvard?

Olivia: There is a close connection between the Fabrication Lab and the design discipline. Designers are taught to communicate their work and research through visual mediums - digital and analog.