, BFA broadcast journalism ’00, in our latest Chapman50 Alumni Spotlight. In her role as a Chapman50 member, Amber hopes to build a stronger Chapman alumni community. Read on to learn about her career and her advice for current students.
What inspired you to become a member of Chapman50?
As a real estate broker, foundation is important to me. I was excited to be part of the foundation of a group that had been absent for Chapman alumni and students.
What impact do you hope to make as a member of Chapman50?
I would like to create the strong knit fraternity among Chapman graduates that you see with other universities. I want to see Chapman sweatshirts, bumper stickers and flags all over the place!
Tell me about your career- what do you do on a day to day basis?
I own a real estate brokerage firm. Some days I am out in the field “driving for dollars” and previewing potential investment properties. Other days I am in the office crunching numbers, meeting with clients, and creating lots of paper. (Dunder Mifflin would have loved to have me as a client.)
What insight would you give to current students and alumni who are searching for employment?
While you are a student: intern, intern, intern. It will give you invaluable experience, contacts, and shows employers that you are motivated.
What advice do you have for current students who want to make the most out of their time at Chapman?
The time goes by quickly so don’t delay something “until next semester” because before you know it you will be throwing your graduation cap into the air. I regret not taking advantage of the semester abroad program and not joining a sorority.
From your time at Chapman, which faculty member(s) made the greatest impact on you and why?
After graduation, I worked as a news anchor/reporter in Palm Springs. Professor
really prepared me for this experience with all of his great guest speakers who worked in the industry. I specifically remember an assignment when we had to interview, edit, and complete an on air package in one day. We thought that was a crazy deadline but that is exactly how you prepare a news piece in the “real world”.
What is your favorite Chapman memory?
I have two. Orientation and graduation.
What was your favorite spot on campus as a student?
Argyros Forum. It was the newest building on campus when I was a student. I was always bumping into friends on the way to and from class.
How has your Chapman degree helped you in your professional and personal life?
After graduation I worked in the same field as my major, broadcast journalism. The equipment I worked with at Chapman was just like the real thing.
How were you involved on campus during your time as a Chapman student?
I was in college! I was anti-establishment! The only clubs I was hitting were NOT on campus.
Aside from Chapman50, how else have you been involved with Chapman since graduating?
Now that I have two careers, three kids, and a LOT MORE MATURITY, I feel equipped and excited to give back to my university for the first time.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the Chapman Family?
Don’t be shy, don’t hold back. You only get one chance at student life so take advantage of anything that sounds interesting to you.
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