AEP Alumni Success Stories
Benjamin Sweet (2013)
- Latham, N.Y.
- Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Communication Studies
- Digital Interactive Strategist, Jiminy Peak | Bromley Mountain | Cranmore Mountain and Freelance Video Producer, benjaminsweetvisual.com
After graduating from NU, I found a brief volunteer opportunity with the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance. I used my skills in video production to create an educational video for the organization’s website. It was great experience, and great for my resume. It helped me land my first full-time job at a small marketing agency.
Along with working at the agency, I was a contracted videographer for Bromley Mountain Resort in Vermont. I now work for Bromley and its sister resorts (Jiminy Peak, Mass., and Cranmore Mountain Resort, N.H.) in social media and content marketing, videography and photography. I get to ski all the time.
How did AEP help you as a college student? Did AEP prepare you for the major you ultimately declared?
When you’re just out of high school, it can be difficult to decide on a major. In AEP, we focused on my interests outside of the classroom, and how they could be used to build a career. I also realized I liked the communications classes I was taking, which ultimately led me to choose the communication studies major.
How did Niagara prepare you for the “world of work” (i.e. key coursework, internships, clubs, etc.)?
Volunteer experience was very important for me. I volunteered at the Boys & Girls Club as part of a class, and I also had an internship with the Niagara Area Habitat for Humanity. Those experiences strengthened my knowledge of working in a community, which is what the workplace really is.
The communications program at Niagara is very diverse; you can learn about journalism, photography, advertising, and more. You get a taste of all of the things you can do with a communications degree.
Any fun professional tidbits?
I’m a freelance video producer, and I’m also on the content team for a ski website called Newschoolers.com. I have written news articles and worked with other people who are passionate about skiing. It’s a lot of fun, and leads to very cool opportunities, like skiing for free at Mammoth Mountain in California.