Gabrielle Sales ’16
What have you been up to since graduation?
I transferred to Rutgers University and graduated in August 2018 and took up roles as a marketing coordinator (twice). I also had internship experiences as a social media coordinator and web designer. I was involved in Rutgers’ Public Relations Student Society of America, its PR firm, and its chapter of HerCampus.com. I moved across the country to Arizona. As of now, I am a freelance content marketing writer while exploring options for a full-time opportunity. I’m a contributing writer to ItsHerPurpose.com, and have now accepted a role as an ambassador and content creator for one of the country’s biggest hiking organizations, Hike Like A Woman.
What is one of your greatest achievements since graduation from MCC?
One of my greatest achievements since graduating MCC, besides gaining experience in marketing and public relations, is setting up my travel and outdoor blog, From One Girl to One World. After graduating from MCC and transferring to Rutgers, I created this blog during my junior year to find a more creative outlet.
Two years later my blog site is still up and running. I say this is my greatest achievement since then because it led me to opportunities with outdoor brands such as 52HikeChallenge, Peak Sherpa, and Hike Like A Woman, just to name a few. I have also been featured on a couple of awesome brands such as National Park Geek, VoyagePhoenix, GoWonder, GoAbroad, and more. Having these opportunities support more of my advocacy for helping others get out in the great outdoors and live a colorful life through travel.
What is your fondest memory of MCC?
My fondest memory of MCC would have to be my involvement with Blue Colt Radio, Quo Vadis, and as a Student Ambassador. Quo Vadis helped me pursue writing seriously from covering the school’s events to sending out my own poems that my peers admired, to editing people’s work. Blue Colt Radio helped me be a confident speaker and I have fond memories of being involved in their fun events. Being a Student Ambassador was engaging because I got to meet newcomers and promote how great MCC is and show them around the school.
What was your favorite place on campus and why?
It would have to be the school library because it helped me focus a lot! But I also liked the College Center because that’s where my club meetings and events were held and it is the central place to gather and hang out.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
I did not really have a favorite professor because a lot of my professors were great, so it’s hard to choose.
If you could offer a current MCC student advice, what would it be?
Sometimes, it takes dancing around and trying a few things first before you feel comfortable with where you’re at. You may never know where you will be in a few days, a few months, or even a few years, especially in your career aspirations. Your mind can change, so I say stick to what you think feels right and if there are any opportunities that may be outside of your goals, don’t be afraid to grab them because they may just lead to where you want to be.
Why was going to MCC the right decision for you?
Going to MCC was the right decision for me because, I’ll be honest, I had no direction with where I was going after high school and MCC opened up a lot of possibilities that interested me, especially studying Communication, and it helped me mature. MCC was also the most affordable option, so to me, that’s a win-win.
This school inspired me beyond my greatest imagination. Some may frown on attending a community college, but why? Going to a community college was one of the best decisions I’ve made especially from my own situation of not knowing what I wanted out of life and career. It really takes an open mind, but I promise a community college like MCC has so much pride and that’s what makes it unique and a colorful experience.