How a drawing I made in kindergarten got my startup to Silicon Valley

Zack Banack at the Great New York State Fair ’18

Hi, my name’s Zack and I have a story. This is a story about video games, losing a best friend, and becoming business partners with Gwyneth Paltrow.

This is a story that will resonate with those who have that inescapable, suffocating desire to make things — anything.

But, most importantly, this is a story about viewing failure as a means of self-improvement.

Allow me to introduce myself.

Who is Zack Banack?

I spend my mornings in the classroom, my afternoons working, and my nights making passion projects. Some people call me an “entrepreneur”. I don’t care much for that term; the internet has tainted that label for me.

I’m a Management Information Systems student studying at the Rochester Institute of Technology (‘19) in Rochester, New York. I’m getting my minor in Marketing. Even though I’m working towards a business degree, my true passions lay in creative developments. I love web and mobile, game making, and software engineering.

Make time to make things

I’m always making new things. For example, in early 2019 I created 2020 Colors. 2020 Colors is a color encyclopedia for designers and marketers. This website renders unique and information-heavy pages for over 16 million colors.

2020 Colors, your knowledge base for all things color

Why did I make this? Because I wanted to see if I could.

I’m always trying to one-up myself. But, sometimes, that means I bite off more than I can chew. Most of my side projects fall through the cracks, but some become businesses. This is where my MIS degree comes in handy.

Like any good adventure, mine begins with Super Mario

Growing up, I was fascinated by video games. It wasn’t so much the games themselves that I fell in love with. Rather, the concept of controlling characters in an alternate world piqued my interests.

I grew up with a Nintendo 64, a Game Boy Advance, and a wild imagination. From the moment I put my hand on a joystick, I knew that I wanted to craft my own story. I was dead-set on making video games.

How to (not) make video games

Being ten years old and without access to a computer, I thought video games were consecutive drawings, much like that of animation. I was under the impression that every possible “frame” had to be drawn individually. It was an absolutely absurd assumption in hindsight, but that’s exactly what I did.

I hand-drew hundreds and hundreds of storyboard frames.

I couldn’t fit all my childhood drawings into a single image if I tried.

My work wasn’t perfect, it wasn’t pretty, and there was no way of actually playing these so-called games. Although, I felt like I was doing something to get closer to my dream.

You can read more about my “paper games” in the long-form, picture-filled blog post, From Crayons to Coding.

Each one of these games used about an entire ream of paper and a pack or two of markers or crayons. My parents didn’t get mad at all the resources I went through, but rather praised my creativity and dedication.

There’s fun to be had in being technical.

Even at such a young age, I tried to be realistic in my design. I would add in menus, character selection screens, naming systems, flowcharts, and so on.

If you want to learn how to code, make video games

Fast forward a few years and I eventually did learn how to make games! I discovered a piece of software called GameMaker. It’s still around today, over a decade later. And, it’s more powerful than ever.

GameMaker was my first step into the world of programming. Making video games is a great way to learn computer logic as games are goal-oriented in nature. Break down the components of a complex game and learn to make them one-by-one.

The more I made, the less I drew. But, I paid homage. In 2010, I released a PC game called Paper Dreams. This game was special because all the sprites were drawn with crayons or markers on paper and then scanned to my computer.

Paper Dreams is colorful and hectic.

Paper Dreams and its sequel were reflections of my childhood, where I wanted so badly for my drawings to come to life for me to play with.

I released over thirty games and published them to play on Game Jolt. Most aren’t very good now that my age (and skill levels) are older. But, I take pride in them. Some of them were even quite popular! In fact, TimeStill was featured on G4TV’s Attack of the Show.

Just a glimpse at some of the 30+ games I’ve made. Most were two-dimensional and inspired by the 8-bit era.

Remembering my roots: the coolest project I’ve ever made

Keeping with the hand-drawn trend, I prototyped a project that real-time transforms photographs of doodles into playable games. Had something like this existed when I was six, my world would have been transformed. Now, I want to create tools for the dreamers, the six-year-old mes.

I highly recommend watching the video below. It’s one of my favorite projects to date.

The tools you use don’t matter

Self-branded as “The Most Accurate Snow Day Calculator”

In 2014, I took home the Technology Alliance of Central New York’s “Student Technologist of the Year” award for my work on the iPhone app, Whiteout Watch.

Whiteout Watch is now defunct, but it was a service for eager school-aged children. During winter months, it would deliver next-day probabilities of snow days in school districts. With almost 90% prediction accuracy, I was branded “The Snowman” by local news. You can read more about this project on the Syracuse.com article.

But here’s the thing: I made the Whiteout Watch utility in GameMaker, a piece of software meant for video game development.

Don’t let tools dictate what you can and can’t do. Push the perceived boundaries of the tools you’re using. Work smart, not hard. Right? Just be sure you don’t get overly-comfortable and put off learning new tools when necessary.

Coming full circle

Video games got me into coding. Coding got me making projects (like Whiteout Watch). Making projects got me a job making video games.

I don’t make games as a hobby much anymore. But since late 2015, I’ve worked as the lead front-end HTML5 game developer for a small studio. I’ve impacted over a million lives through my work across various genres. I’ve made everything under the sun from casual games to children’s educational games to casino and high-stakes games, and am even starting to tip-toe into MMORPGs.

If you couldn’t already tell, I’m an advocate of getting code in classrooms. Programming is an invaluable skill for people of all ages. Through a side project of mine called The Step Event, I’m creating educational game development content and creating the tutorials I wish I had when I was starting.

Without the desire to create video games, I wouldn’t have gotten the same exposure to programming. I was given an outlet to see my imagination come to life.

Writing code has already taken me so far. It’s allowed me to create entertainment as well as products to solve some of the world’s modern problems.

Next, you’ll learn about my most ambitious project to date, Afterbox.

Afterbox and my debut on Apple Music’s original series, Planet of the Apps

Mid-2016, I was contacted by a talent agent asking if I wanted to seed investment pitch Whiteout Watch for an upcoming show about app developers.

I declined the offer to pitch Whiteout Watch. I countered the offer with Afterbox, a service I was prototyping from my dorm room.

Afterbox is an end-of-life preparation service… Quite different from the calculator toy.

I believe in silver linings

My greatest accomplishment resulted from my greatest loss.

My RIT roommate, my best friend, Matthew, lost his life unexpectedly our sophomore year. This event instilled in me the harsh reality that young adults are under-prepared for what they’re leaving behind.

As a then-20-year-old, creating a business surrounding such an often-viewed unsettling topic (death) raised some eyebrows.

I set out to change the stigma in the most non-intimidating way possible. Through Afterbox’s friendly user experience, I got people thinking about the fragility of life without scaring them. Here’s promotional materials for the app.

Might as well go big

Me and Gwyneth Paltrow. (I’ve lost 120 pounds since this picture was taken!)

In the summer of 2017, I starred on Apple Music’s reality show, Planet of the Apps. Episode 9, Might as Well Go Big, documented my journey founding, developing, and getting grant-funding for Afterbox, LLC.

I pitched my prototype to celebrities and influencers Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk, and will.i.am.

Lightspeed Venture Partners gave Afterbox financial support and invited me and my co-founder, Noah Chrysler — better known as the personality behind the RIT Newsman — to join their 2017 Summer Fellowship program.

The Summer Fellowship program was invaluable. Noah and I participated in hands-on activities and weekly assignments honing in on the markets Afterbox would be penetrating. The experiences provided us with real-world examples of how to acquire customers and build a sustainable business. The Fellowship was a rich collaborative environment with a plethora of resources, both capital, and networking.

One of our mentors, Jeremy Liew, wrote a lovely Medium article about Afterbox: Supporting student founders like Zack Banack at Afterbox.

Palo Alto, California

Noah Chrysler (left), Zack Banack (right). Photo credit: Sugandha Dubey

With a little budget and big ambitions, Noah and I grew a 7-member-strong team under tight deadlines. We wanted Afterbox live on the App Store to download alongside the worldwide August 8 episode premiere.

This was such a grandiose opportunity, something we could not pass up. Hundreds of thousands of eyes would be on Afterbox. We’d never get exposure as concentrated as this again. We needed to make the deadline.

We missed the deadline.

Our entire team put in a tremendous effort, but it wasn’t enough. The scope of the project was too large. More importantly, I wasn’t fit for being a founder. I wasn’t prepared for how much blood, sweat, and tears there would be.

I thought I could “just” start a company. But there are no “justs” in Silicon Valley. This made me grow a larger appreciation for the startup scene and work ethic as a whole.

While Afterbox is offline for the foreseeable future, I still receive emails weekly from fans of the show thanking me. They tell me they’re grateful for getting them to “finally” create a last will and testament. Regardless of service tangibility, the world is a slightly better place now. Although, it’s still missing dear Matthew.

The consistency in my life has been from coding

If isolated, each “chapter” of my life seems so distinct and separated. But there are definitive segues bridging the gaps.

  1. Childhood creativity made me want to make video games.
  2. GameMaker got me coding and helped me launch Whiteout Watch.
  3. Whiteout Watch got my foot in the door to bring Afterbox to the masses.
  4. Afterbox failed, but I came out a stronger person with more self-awareness.

Even though I see those four points laid out, I can’t possibly predict the fifth point. Sure, I can take some wild guesses based on what projects I’m currently developing. But it’s the unpredictability of life that’s almost refreshing to me.

I spend so much time immersed in computers and math. I know precisely the inputs required to produce specific outputs in the digital world. Human life, desires, and emotions in the 21st century aren’t as mechanical as the computers we use. It’s true that behavior can be predicted to an extent. But for the time being, we’re still just bags of flesh trying our best.

If I had to summarize this bio with a single sentence, it would be the following: Be grateful for what you have but be hungry for more.

That’s all (for now), folks!

Thank you for reading! I’ll leave you with some links.


  • Check out my personal blog, where I post interesting stories and coding tutorials. One of my most popular posts is about a mysterious Nickelodeon animation that went missing for over 30 years, Clock Man!
  • View some of my open-source projects on GitHub.
  • Learn how to program video games. If you ask yourself “how are video games made?” or “how do I make video games?”, look no further than The Step Event: game maker resources.

Rachel Ferrara

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel Ferrara and I’m a third year New Media Marketing student with minors in Management and Management Information Systems. Outside of the classroom I’m a sister of Alpha Xi Delta and a brother of the co-ed professional business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi. I’m also an RA in NRH.

 

To learn a bit more about me and my professional experience feel free to click the links below,

Rachel Ferrara_Resume

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Delta Sigma Pi Initiation Day December 2017

I’m a 4th Year New Media Marketing student at the Rochester Institute of Technology with minors in Finance and Communication. I will be graduating in December 2018 with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

About Me

I am originally from Massena, New York, a small town neighboring the Canadian border. I now consider Rochester my home after moving here in the summer of 2014.  I’ve always thought it was wiser to move away from home and realize you want to move back, rather than to never leave at all. Outside the classroom, I am the president and co-captain of the RIT Roller Hockey club. I have been also a brother of a Business Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi, since freshman year. Throughout my years at RIT I have met some incredible people, been introduced to many new ideas, and grown into an aspiring business professional. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed my time spent in college, I am becoming increasingly eager to see what opportunities lie ahead in the next chapter of my life.

Future Aspirations

When I first entered college, I had predominantly no idea what I wanted to accomplish in life. I now envision myself working in an environment where I will have the opportunity to surround myself with like-minded individuals to collaboratively get things done. I am still unsure which route I will take to get me there. As a result, I am exploring any and all opportunities that come my way.  Since, I have found a passion for marketing and sales. I love the person to person interactions that the two fields have to offer. I believe that building legitimate relationships with others is a key component of success in every facet of life. Eventually, I’d like to end up in the sports industry.

I am looking to expand my professional network. So please take the time to connect with me on LinkedIn and check out my resume. I have provided links to both below. If nothing else, do me a huge favor and simply click on each of the links below. It will help me a great deal with my Search Engine Marketing Analytics class.

Thank you for your time, I appreciate it.

 

Connect with me on LinkedIn

 

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Miss Media Marketing

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Eboni Ellis

My name is Eboni, I study New Media Marketing and I love art! There is art in the way a wave crashes on

the sand or the way a meal is presented at a restaurant. You can say I’ve dedicated my life to the arts. I have bungee jumped in Mexico, jet skied in Aruba, and even cooked paella in Spain. I’ve been savvy with paint brushes and pencils for as long as I can remember. I consider myself to be very free spirited and open minded. So, when it came to picking a career for myself the choice was obvious! I was going to study… new media marketing.

Social Coin Company group photo coop for new media marketing
Social Coin Company group photo

Confused? Well let me explain. I believe marketing is a form of art. Anything that requires a level of creativity and innovation is art. Media Marketing done right has the ability to tap into people’s emotions, twist the way they think and move millions towards a common goal. If that’s not an art form I don’t know what is. Have you ever seen a n add the made you smile or a commercial that brought you dangerously close to tears? Well that is art… and art has always been a huge part of my life and by studying marketing I know it always will be.

I was able to apply the skill sets I learned into my work experience and have had huge impact on not only the company but the world! If you want to learn more about me and how I am doing my part to change the marketing world check out the links below!

I represented Social Coin at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, Spain!

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I wrote a children’s book! Check it out

 

Are you interested in more New Media Marketing students from RIT and what they have accomplished? Meet Kayla

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Sooa Chung Industrial Designer

About Me

Sooa Chung Industrial Designer

Hello! My name is Sooa Chung. I was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to America at age of 14. Currently, I am a 4th-year Industrial Design student with a minor in Marketing and immersion in Advertising and Public Relations at Rochester Institute of Technology. I would like to call myself a world traveler, although I have not been or never will be able to visit all the countries around the globe. However, it is one of my dreams to travel all the places that are on my bucket list, and the next ideal destination would be Spain. 

What is Industrial Design?

Many people have asked me what industrial design is, surprisingly, even at career fairs. So here it is: Industrial design is a discipline known for creating products and systems that optimize function, value, and appearance. It has thrived in recent years—as the value of industrial design in cross-disciplinary collaboration and innovation efforts is recognized.

My Passion

Aside from industrial design, I am passionate about learning other fields of design outside of my major, such as UI/UX, graphic, furniture, packaging design to broaden up the spectrum of my knowledge in design. As I have a minor in marketing, I foresee to integrate marketing methodology into a design to enhance the understanding of users interacting with the product from the beginning. Through my work experience in the professional industry, I have proven my organizational skills and design communication skills as well as improving team working skills. I am always open to learn and take advantage of every situation that I am thrown into and make the best out of it.

Find Sooa Online

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Abigail Woodward | Behind A RIT Social Media Account

Hello!

My name is Abigail Woodward. I’m at 4th year New Media Marketing Student. I’m currently a social media coordinator for Abigail Woodward Photoauxiliary services for RIT.
 About Me
I was born and raised in Rochester.
Which means two things:
1) I’ve had a garbage plate
2) I can drive in the snow.
I started my college career at Monroe Community College with an Associates in Business Administration. During that time at MCC my father was diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease. During that time, I wasn’t able to do a lot of extracurriculars during that time. I would split my time between my dying father, two part-time jobs, and  school full time. From MCC I transferred to RIT, my dream school, and continued to make my father proud. He tried to hang on so he could see me graduate but, passed away March of ’17. Since then, I’ve been able to take time for myself to help re-fall in love with RIT and Rochester. 
Work History
In New Media Marketing, you have to be flexible and learn as much as possible so during my co-ops.
Summer ’17
    In the summer of ’17 I was able to start as a social media intern for RIT’s business incubator, Venture Creations. It was a wonderful experience, I learned how to run a professional social media account and see development of  businesses first hand. Also, I strengthened my Photoshop skills as well as using Newsletter software.
Fall ’17
   For Fall ’17 I was the retail marketing intern for Barnes & Noble @ RIT. At Venture Creations, we had start-ups from different areas, so focusing on one building such as Barnes & Noble @ RIT was a nice change of pace. At Barnes & Noble I worked on their social media as well as content creation and event planning.
What I’m Doing Now
  Currently, I work with a great team of people at RIT’s Student Auxiliary Services. I help coordinate their social media accounts and help during events.
So In All I’ve Helped Run:
  • Venture Creations Incubator’s Twitter and Facebook
  • Barnes & Noble @ RIT’s Facebook and Instagram
  • Digital Den’s Facebook
  • Global Village’s Facebook and Instagram
  • RIT Dining Services’ Facebook and Twitter
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Eric Carlo

Eric Carlo- Digital Marketer

My name is Eric Carlo and I am a 4th year New Media Marketing student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I also have a minor in Advertising and Public Relations.

Eric Carlo
Eric Carlo

About Me

I am also a brother of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi. In my chapter I have held the positions of Chancellor, Webmaster, and Vice President of Professional Activities. In the summer of 2017 I studied abroad at one of RIT’s global campuses in Zagreb, Croatia While there I studied psychology. Throughout my time in Europe I have also gone to Vienna,Austria and Munich, Germany.Studying abroad was a phenomenal experience that I am very fortunate to have had. I believe the world is a lot smaller place than people think it is and people should see more of our home that is Earth.

Work Experience

Throughout my time at RIT I have held several jobs on campus. These include: being a student caller for the office of Alumni Relations and also worked in Gracie’s dining hall on campus.

In the fall semester of  2017 I was a marketing intern at a small MSP in Fairport, NY called iV4,Inc. While at iV4 I was exposed to SEO best practices to implement in website design. I was also responsible for content creation for their blog, and promoting content through social media marketing. I was also responsible for updating and maintaining contact information in Hubspot CRM.

Currently I am the Marketing Administrator for Cycle Stop, Inc. in Rochester, NY. As the Marketing Administrator I am responsible for creating content strategies for our Facebook and other social media site, email marketing, and in store marketing.

For employers here is Eric Carlo’s resume.

Check out Eric Carlo’s LinkedIn profile for more information

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Christian Vanderhoef

This is… Christian Vanderhoef.

Christian Vanderhoef
Mr. RIT Photoshoot 2017 – Sophisticated Look (Photo credit: Lloyd McCullough)

Christian Vanderhoef is a fourth year New Media Marketing and Economics double major at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) – Saunders College of Business & College of Liberal Arts. He believes that dreams and passions should be attainable by good people, and has a passion for helping individuals grow in order to reach those dreams using his knowledge of marketing and economics, soft skills, and creative thinking. Ultimately, people are the most important aspect of an organization, for without them, everything would be nothing.

Please, feel free to connect with Christian online because he loves meeting people, discussing topics, and learning new things.

Connect Online

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Backstory

Elementary School

Christian was born and raised in Farmingville, New York which is on Long Island. He has always been one to experience new things and explore his interests. From a young age, Christian participated in gymnastics, baseball, and basketball, but he always had a place for arts and crafts. When it came to his fifth grade yearbook, he wrote that he’d love to be a cartoonist when he grew up because he could create anything and shape an entire world of his own. He also learned at the end of elementary school that he had a knack for singing and wanted to pursue it further in middle school.

Middle School

Although he was intending to focus more on music, Christian also played football leading into middle school, however,  he didn’t enjoy it as much as he thought he might and left. When school started, Christian did what he intended to do and pursued singing throughout middle school. He joined choir and the school drama club. In his first year, Christian managed to get a solo in the show. As everyone may realize, middle school is a weird place and Christian’s “social circle” began to be established. By the end of middle school, his voice was going through a quick change and his singing was affected. He had a solo for the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA), but did so poorly due to frequent register changes that he was never given a score. In high school, Christian had no interest in further pursuing music.

High School

In high school, he participated in FIRST Robotics for his freshman and sophomore year, but he realized that the organization at his school had politics that he was not interested in. He quit, got a crazy haircut, changed his style and joined track. In junior year, he was in cross country, swimming, track, student government, chess club, model united nations, and strategy and tactics club. He began to hangout less with the same people and more with new people. This allowed him to gather many social perspectives and relate more to many people. When he was meeting many new people, he came to the realization he wanted to be an engineer. To be more exact, he wanted to be an aviation and aerospace mechanical engineer. He then questioned this idea his senior year when his interest in arts and music reemerged.

Today

When Christian got to RIT, he was already contemplating his major as Engineering Exploration, but he was uncertain as to what he’ll change to. After his first semester of exploring, he switched to Marketing. He learned so much about business that he was unaware of before and it interested him. He loved strategies, business plans, economics, and even accounting interested him. Overtime, he came to the conclusion he wanted to switch to New Media Marketing. Then, since the curriculum taught very little about resources and pricing, he chose to double major in Economics. With those, he can gather a deep understanding of resources and people while he works on his start-up: Canopy.

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Shayne Mogilski, Please Hire Me

Hello

My name is Shayne Mogilski, and I’m currently a third year New Media Marketing student at the Rochester Institute of Technology. I’ve studied hard in classes to understand the material, and not just remember it. Classes such as Internet Marketing have really helped me understand New Media Marketing. RIT has also helped me grow with chances to lead. This includes being president of RIT’s Sports Enthusiasts Club, along with responsibilities for RIT’s Phi Sigma Pi chapter. Through the good and bad times, I would have to say that RIT has changed my life significantly in the last 3 years and I’m almost ready to reach the next chapter in my career. Speaking of which…

Business Experience

Over the past few years, I’ve gained business experience in many different forms. While I was a senior in high school, I created a business plan for Traverse Puzzle HuntsTraverse Puzzle Hunts was designed to plan unique and well-detailed events at a low price. I’ve also been responsible for the marketing plan for a potential public electronic service known as TechHub. This business plan won the first annual best business plan competition at RIT, which was an incredible accomplishment in only my first year. Along with contributing to multiple other business plans, I’ve also worked as a New Media Specialist for Legacy Financial Planning. Legacy Financial Planning is respected throughout the financial community nationwide and are run by two of the most successful financial planners in the industry. I hope to only increase my experience with a paid Co-Op opportunity in the near future.

Contact Me

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shayne.mogilski

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shaynemogilski/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ShayneMogilski

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About Matthew Barry

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My name is Matthew Barry and I am a third year student majoring in Game Design & Development. I am pursuing a minor in both Business Administration and Marketing as well as an immersion in Digital Literature and Comparative Media. The plan is to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with all of the above completed.

When it comes to life outside of school, I am also a very busy person. I currently have 3 different jobs on campus and am an ambassador for my program. Also, I am working on a few projects outside of school in hopes to be able to publish them on my own one day. I love to play sports and am currently on a co-ed soccer team with some of my friends on campus.

I grew up in a small town 2 hours south of Rochester called Marathon. My graduating class was around 65 students and that was considered large to give you an idea of what I mean by small. Furthermore, I grew up playing soccer and spent a large part of my life involved in various clubs, camps and pick up games. The school is super into soccer and does well in the state tournament every year so soccer has always been a big part of my life.

I choose Game Design & Development as my focus at RIT for a few reasons. Firstly, I really enjoy programming and computer science / engineering, but CS is a little too bland for me. I enjoy action and memorable experiences. Interactive media I think is that bridge between the two which is why I ended up where I am today. Feel free to check out some of the links below to learn more about me!

Connect with me, matthew barry:

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hi, i’m abi

New Media Marketing Studnet at RIT

Aspiring Creative Advertising Director. Theater Geek. Twitter Junkie. Starbucks Barista.

Couldn’t stop doodling if I tried.

 

Thanks for popping by! My name is Abi Van Nostrand and I’m a third year New Media Marketing Major at RIT minoring in Advertising and Public Relations.

I was drawn to Advertising because work in the field is creative, constant and visual. Basically, I want to make great work and have fun doing it. After committing to my major, I quickly realized that the power of thoughtful marketing goes well beyond selling efforts. Therefore, I want to use marketing to change people’s minds. For example, I’d like to start and environmental consultancy in which I get to design work that helps companies become greener.

Long story short: I’d really like to do some good in this world.

Currently Seeking a Co-op in marketing for summer 2018!

Resume(PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME): AbiVanNostrand_Marketing

Visit abivannostrand.com to peek at my life and work!

Connect with me on LinkedIn!( https://www.linkedin.com/in/abivannostrand/)

 

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Meet Lauren Carroll!

Introduction:

Hi, my name is Lauren Carroll! I moved from Canada to Rochester, New York to attend Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). As of May 2018, I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in New Media Marketing and a minor in Exercise Science. After completing my undergraduate degree, I am then looking to further my education career by obtaining my Masters of Business Administration (MBA). Over my time at RIT, my academic success has seen my name to the Deans Honour Roll and the College Hockey America (CHA) Academic Team. Therefore, my academic success has lead me to seek out further education and experience.

My passion of school and hockey has resulted in playing Division I hockey for the RIT Women’s Hockey team. Because of my passion and leadership skills have lead me to be appointed Captain for the 2017-18 season.

While attending to my academics, as well as continuing my sports life, I have also found the time to expand my work experience. I am currently interning with the Athletic Department at RIT. As a member of the Athletic Department Staff, I am responsible for a multitude of tasks. The main task consisting of advertising and promotion for school athletic events. In my previous work experience, I also had the opportunity to gain knowledge within social media marketing while interning at Peaks Training and Therapy.

Connect with me:

If you are looking to learn more about me, here are more ways to connect. Click on the links below to learn about skills and previous work experience.

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Hello! I’m Hanna Hawkins!

Hanna Hawkins
Hanna Hawkins, 2017

About Hanna Hawkins:

Hello! Hanna Hawkins is my name and I’m currently a fourth year New Media Marketing Major at the Rochester Institute of Technology, who is double minoring in Media Arts and Technology and Advertising and Public Relations. My graduation date is December 2018! I primarily chose RIT because of the diversity in culture and people of who attend RIT.  I chose my major because of rhe great co-op program and its unique aspects.

Extracurriculars:

Throughout my R.I.T. career I’ve participated in various amounts of clubs or activities. One that stuck and became a major part of my life was  ZTA. Zeta has helped me strengthen my communication skills and expand my outlook on situations! I currently work 2 part-time jobs. I work as a banquet server at the Double Tree by Hilton while also being the student social media manager for the RIT Office of Career Services and Co-op! At the office I assist in managing various social media accounts, help increase engagement in different demographics, I aid in facilitating events and creating and planning content. Since I do work alot and am a full time student I really value being in my sorority. It has not only allowed me to grow into the person I am today but shown the person I can be, a strong, outgoing, driven individual who will be as successful as she wants to be.

Why?

Social media is something that I’ve grown up with and become very passionate about. I am planning on going into a career that includes content planner or creating but, I’m always looking to learn something new. I look forward to working in a company that’ll allow me to learn and grow with their company. When I graduate this December I hope to find a full-time position somewhere warm. I’m looking primarily at North Carolina and California. I like North Carolina because my sister, whom I am very close with, currently lives there. I’ve also heard Charlotte, North Carolina is a new and upcoming area for social media marketing and startups. California has always been a dream of mine! Calfifornia has always been known for dreams coming true, therefore there are quite a few startups in the area! I’ve always thought about the idea of working with a startup becuase it allows the employees to grow with the companies!

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Sundy He: Graduating New Media Marketing Student

Hello! My name is Sundy, and I’m a New Media Marketing student at RIT, preparing to graduate in May 2018.

My passion in new media marketing

Starting my college career undeclared allowed me to discover what I love to do. There is nothing better than being able to help someone, no matter how big or small. Marketing allows me to be creative in how I can help others find what they need. The digital world gives businesses more of a chance to learn about their consumers just as much as consumers can continue to learn about them. As a digital marketer, I strive to help businesses help their consumers through creation and curation.

I grew to love new media marketing even more as I gained more experience. I worked as an SEO Intern at LittleThings Inc, and helped manage social media for RIT’s Office of Career Services.

Find out more on Sundy He’s resume and connect with me on Sundy He’s LinkedIn profile.

More than just marketing

Aside from my passion for marketing, I love to create.Sundy He New Media Marketing student

I enjoy writing. I keep my own blog called A Grey Sunday, exploring my other passion for makeup and fashion. My Instagram @sundyheNY hosts a variety of makeup posts, with the occasional food photo because I also love food in (almost) any way, shape, or form.

I have also written for LittleThings.com, which also served to expand my skills in SEO writing. My most successful piece was about “coconut oil for acne scars,” which you can see on page 1 of the Google and Bing results! Check out my content on the Sundy He LittleThings author page.

I play around with web development here and there based on what I have learned through my coursework and in my spare time. You can see a sample of my work on Sundy’s RIT webpage.

My career goals

After graduation, I hope to continue working in SEO or social media, but I am always looking to learn more about digital marketing and advertising. I am willing to take risks and push myself to do more than I think I can do so I can become a better marketer than I was before. I want to help businesses grow, develop stronger relationships with customers, and bring more ideas to life.

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