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.

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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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Michael Titcomb

Hi! I’m Michael Titcomb.

I’m a graduating New Media Marketing Major with an immersion in Music.  I’ve loved my time at RIT and the fact that I am leaving is bittersweet.  I’ve gained so many great skills here in my classes.  Through those classes and my co-op experience I have transformed myself from a lazy freshman to a motivated candidate for the job market.  In my final semester at RIT, I am especially excited to learn more about SEO during this class.

Work Experience

In January 2016 I landed an exciting co-op opportunity with Eastman Kodak Company here in Rochester.  What started as a summer job turned into a 2-year long relationship in which I worked both full-time, and part-time while taking classes.  My classes somewhat prepared me for the job, but I feel that I learned even more about marketing and simply working in a marketing position while I was there.

More recently and currently, I am a contracted WordPress developer for the local Rochester non-profit, Be UninTIMidated.  Be UninTIMidated is dedicated to helping people with rare forms of appendix cancer, and raising awareness to gain ground for treatment.

More About Me & Links

Though currently based in Rochester, my home is in Burlington, Vermont, where I was born.  Being from Vermont I love snowboarding, hiking, and rock climbing, among other outdoor activities.  I played in the Vermont Youth Orchestra for 5 years, which helped grow my love for music.  I love to write and produce music, and I have grown these skills through some courses at RIT such as Electronic Music Production.  I had the pleasure of helping write and record music with a fellow RIT student for his video game, Apollon Blue.  A few select pieces from the game can be listened to at the link below.

Apollon Jazz – My first try at making jazz music.  I was very proud with the result and this ended up being the theme for the game.

Menu Music Playable – the menu music for Apollon Blue, just a piano tune

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Tidal Was a Good Idea at First

Never thought I would sign up for Tidal in a million years, but it finally happened.

I get that musicians want to be certain that their earning money for the music they produce and all but why does Tidal have to be so expensive? Maybe it’s just me and the other ten people I have talked to about this but $20 a month is too much for a subscription-based music service that doesn’t even have all the music you listen to.

Last week, Beyoncé shared Lemonade to Tidal subscribers early. After watching her HBO special, I couldn’t help but think that this is her best album yet. As an Apple Music subscriber, I was not willing to wait a couple months for Lemonade. I was too worried that Beyoncé was going to pull an Adele on us and never share her new album on Apple Music.

On top of all the other subscriptions you have each month, you have to think about which ones will stay and which ones will not. Well, there is no way I am going to rid of Netflix or HBO Now, especially now that Game of Thrones is back on. Although, I don’t use Photoshop frequently, Adobe has a ridiculous cancellation fee that I will never find myself cancelling anytime soon.

I signed up for the free trial and I have not listened to anything but her album so I will be cancelling my subscription before I get charged for the next month. I did listen to Life of Pablo, but it turns out that I am not a Kanye fan. I mean Kanye is alright, but his ego is too much for me. Why on earth does he have a song called “I love Kanye?”

Although the user interface is pretty cool, I’m going to have to say good-bye to Tidal for now. Personally, I would like to see it offer something else that other music subscriptions do not offer.

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