Heather O’Brien, a Higganum native, has been attending MxCC since 2010 with a major in Broadcast-Cinema. She decided to attend Middlesex out of high school because she wanted to save money and she wasn’t exactly sure what she wanted to do. Heather began as a general studies major, signing up for whatever classes interested her until she found her passion: Broadcast-Cinema.
She decided to switch her major because of the Introduction to Broadcast class taught by John-Paul Kelly, an adjunct who works for ESPN. Once she got more involved with the department, she began working at MxCC as a work-study student signing out equipment,
tutoring, operating the Mac lab and answering phones. During her time as a work-study student, Heather was able to work very closely with Peter Galgano, media associate, who she says bends over backwards for MxCC students.
After coming to MxCC, Heather was very surprised to see what great equipment and studios the Broadcast-Cinema department had. Heather believes that MxCC was definitely a great choice. Between the teachers always here to help, the access to equipment and their teaching methods, she has loved every minute of being here.
Heather’s other passion is singing. She has taken voice lessons for 5 years and teaches a youth choir called Shoreline Singers. She performs at weddings, funerals, church, fundraisers, open mic nights, karaoke nights, and many talent shows. She auditions for American Idol, Xfactor and The Voice every year in hopes of one day being discovered.
Heather will graduate at the end of this semester and she plans to go to Eastern Connecticut State University to earn her bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and minor in music. After college, Heather hopes to someday own her own business in event videography or work for competition shows or talks shows, such as The Voice or Live with Kelly & Michael.