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Student Perspective: Spotlight on Graduating Seniors
by Lauren Archuletta, freshman, Pre-Journalism

As the end of the school year approaches, graduating seniors reflect on their time spent at CU-Boulder and make plans for after graduation. Jason Gonzales and Deanna Greif tell their tales of CU-Boulder experiences, and their dreams, goals, and career ambitions.

Jason Gonzales is a journalism student double majoring in news editorial and ethics studies. Entering CU-Boulder in the fall of 2005, Gonzales said he’s required a little longer to graduate than he anticipated. “It’s taken me about five years because of my double major,” he said. “I went from needing 125 credit hours to 145, so it was easier on me to take three semesters of 12 credit hours, instead of taking two semesters of 18.”

He was accepted into the School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the spring of his sophomore year. “I wanted to wait to apply until after I got everything straight,” said Gonzales. “I waited until the decision was right for me.”

While at CU-Boulder, Gonzales actively participated in many different clubs and organizations, such as the Junior Diversity Scholars program, the Multi-Ethnic Media Organization, and the University of Colorado Student Government.

For nine months, Gonzales has served as director of Media Relations for UCSG. “I’ve been a part of a lot of things that needed to be done for the students with UCSG,” he said. “We’ve been busy with policy changes, election reform, sustainability issues, and changing the name from UCSU to UCSG.”

Gonzales has had three internships in the past few years, one of which was for the Colorado Press Association at the Durango Herald. “In my last internship, I won an award from the Colorado Press Association for second place for best business article,” he said.

He plans to pursue a career in multi-media journalism after graduation. “It’s hard to say where I’m going, but I know in my future is in multi-media journalism,” said Gonzales. He also plans to take a few courses in graphic design at Front Range Community College. “Telling stories is my passion, and the technological aspect gives the audience a visual to feel really close to me.”

Just as Jason Gonzales has excelled in journalism, the spotlight has shone on Deanna Greif through theatre. Greif will be graduating from the Department of Theatre & Dance with a BFA in theatre.

While at CU-Boulder, Greif spent her time participating in CU-Boulder plays and musicals. In the past four years, she has been cast in seven CU-Boulder performances. “Looking back, it seems like a lot,” she said. “I wanted to be in everything.”

Recently, she has been featured in The Country Wife and Cabaret. “I played Mistress Squeamish in The Country Wife and I was cast as Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret,” said Greif.

The annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival has spotlighted Greif in the past, as well. She was featured in the 2009 productions of Hamlet, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and A Christmas Carol. She also has performed in the CU-Boulder Fringe Festival a total of four times, the most recent being over the past weekend of April 23-25. “This year I’ve been cast in a few different projects, some of which include Star Trek: The Musical, Drag Show, and Songs I’ll Never Sing,” Greif said.

After graduation, Greif plans on pursuing a theatrical career, but she doesn’t have definite plans. “My plans after graduation aren’t set in stone yet,” she said. “I know I’ll still be living in Colorado for at least another year, trying to save up money and audition around in the meantime. My goal is to ultimately be living and acting in London, but I’m still trying to decide if that means going to grad school there or something else.”

Congratulations to both Jason Gonzales and Deanna Greif, who are model CU-Boulder Buffs.

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