A major factor to continue education for Stephanie right out of high school was to learn more about how the film industry works and how she could make a living from it. She wanted to improve her editing and writing skills and also get the regular academic classes out of the way.
Stephanie chose MxCC since it is affordable and has a convenient location. She knew they had a great program to offer the courses she needed at the Center for New Media. She liked how the first week of class they were already filming with the camera equipment right away.
So far, during her first semester at MxCC, Stephanie has learned, “that deadlines are very important and if you don’t make it to that date, you’re done. You won’t get a second chance, and someone will take your spot. You have to work hard to get where you want to be and be the best at it. You have to make yourself known and make connections.” This has had a great impact to prepare Stephanie for her career because she feels she has the potential to be the best, and she knows she just has to work hard for it.
Stephanie has a 4.0 GPA for her first semester this year (Fall 2019) and is currently a student intern with Dan Nocera at the Center for New Media Corporate department. She can’t wait to learn more about the aesthetics of film and its industry.
Stephanie plans to graduate with a degree in Digital Media Production with a certificate in Film & Video in 2021. Right after, she is eager to find a job a at production studio somewhere in Connecticut, NYC, or anywhere there may be openings available. As long as she is able to do what she loves the most, edit videos. If there are no positions available, she may transfer to another college either UNH, CCSU, or Full Sail University.
When she is not in school, Stephanie really loves to play volleyball in her free time. Since she was a part of her high school team for 4 years, she didn’t want to let it go. She loves volleyball so much; it really helps take away her stress and it lets her be in her own element.
Check out her portfolio: https://stephaniefinaldi.wixsite.com/stephf