At this point, I had lived in five different states and traveled to 13 different countries. I knew I wanted to return to Denver, a city I both knew and loved. CU Denver was always on my radar. It had a great reputation and a perfect location in the middle of the city, connected with businesses of all types.
The Business School, in particular, fell in line with my personal goals: study with motivated peers who already had experience to bring to the table and learn from professors that wouldn’t just throw textbooks at us and lecture. About to start my second semester in the MS in Marketing program, I’m grateful to have found both.
“The Business School in particular fell in line with my personal goals: study with motivated peers who already had experience to bring to the table and learn from professors that wouldn’t just throw textbooks at us and lecture.” – Alex Linares
A plan for a future in marketing Broadway
I had a small epiphany in my first semester, another example that despite well-laid plans you never really know where life might take you. After so long in the veterinary field, I hadn’t really considered doing much else. I realized, however, that with the new direction I was going I could conceivably jump into any industry I wanted.
“I had a small epiphany in my first semester, another example that despite well-laid plans you never really know where life might take you.” – Alex Linares
I’d always loved theatre and Broadway, but I hadn’t considered the number of opportunities available backstage that would be a better fit. With this career change, not only could I make that jump, but potentially take it all the way to New York City’s Broadway scene.
At CU Denver, I began talking to professors and the wonderful ladies at the Business Career Connections (BCC) office. They were incredibly helpful, giving me resources on extracurricular opportunities that could boost my digital marketing resume, as well as connections within their networks to professionals in the theatre industry. They also supported me as I networked on my own, trying to find ways to create my own experiences and internships that would teach me what I wanted to learn.
“I can’t imagine a better place that not only reflects the journey I’ve been on, but also where I’m heading.” – Alex Linares
Six months later, I’m getting ready to begin a marketing internship with Curious Theatre Company, a nonprofit, award-winning company whose mission is to engage the community in important contemporary issues through provocative theatre. And as a company with the philosophy of “no guts, no story,” I can’t imagine a better place that not only reflects the journey I’ve been on but also where I’m heading.