As the eighth oldest institution for higher learning in the United States, Rutgers is celebrating its 250th anniversary on November 10, 2016. To celebrate this monumental milestone, I Am Rutgers will be featuring Rutgers’ most involved and accomplished students in a new series, “250 for 250.” This year-long series will serve as a reflection of Rutgers’ diverse student body and status as a premier national research university.
The hustle and bustle of college life, the exciting community at Rutgers, and the determination and hard work of thousands of students are elements that have intrigued Anthony Mollica from a young age. Growing up only ten minutes away from campus, Anthony had the opportunity to experience what life at Rutgers could be like for him some day. He always admired all of the dedicated students he saw every day and aspired to be like them.
Upon his acceptance into Rutgers University, Anthony set several goals for himself that he was determined to accomplish.
Coming into Rutgers, I had all these goals of joining a bunch of organizations that I always wanted to be part of. When you first come in you’re on the outside of everything looking in and you’re thinking about how cool and fascinating everything is. I’m only a sophomore and I’m doing everything that I wanted to do as a freshman. All of my dreams as a freshman came true and I just hope that continues with even bigger and better things for the next two years.”
As a freshman, Anthony was part of the RUTV broadcast communications living learning community and continued to be a part of this community as a sophomore. He works for the Student Affairs Media Team as a video intern, he works for RU-tv network, and he joined RVision in October of his sophomore year to prepare himself for potential sports internships. At RVision, Anthony was able to work with the Big Ten Network, an experience that made him excited to continue to work for RVision to learn more about live broadcasting.
As if all of this wasn’t enough to fill up his schedule, Anthony also works for RUPA – the Rutgers University Program Association. He is on the Arts and Culture committee, where they host lectures, attend masquerade balls, and go to Broadway shows. We asked Anthony what it’s like to work for RUPA:
The best part of RUPA is that there are so many moving parts. You’re always learning skills that you don’t learn in the classroom. There’s a marketing side, there’s a creative side, there’s time management and organization to learn, and so much more. The best thing and the best part about RUPA is that we’re changing people’s lives whether it’s through community service or by putting on a concert. I was on a shoot the other day for RU-tv and we had to interview students about what they’re most excited for in the Spring semester, and one of the kids said he was most excited for the events RUPA puts on and that was so incredible to hear. I’m definitely super happy to be involved with something like this.”
Working for RUPA has been an unforgettable experience for Anthony. He is eager to continue being a part of this organization for the remainder of his undergraduate time at Rutgers. Being a part of any organization at Rutgers gives students the opportunity to explore their interests while also learning more about a certain field they want to work in. This has proven to be true for Anthony, an avid film lover.
As a fellow Media Team member, Anthony has learned a great deal from working with the team:
When you’re young the thing that makes you want to be a film maker is the aesthetic of everything and how things look. Then coming in as a freshmen in college, you realize that it’s more about the story and finding yourself as a person within the field because there are so many moving parts of tv and film. Working on the Media Team, even though I always aspired to be a cinematographer, I really found my niche in editing. You get to manipulate the entire project to make the story and make it look amazing. Yes, the shots and the angles are everything because that’s what you see, but when you get down to the nitty gritty of it, the editing is
Coming to Rutgers, and working with the Media Team along with several other organizations has really helped Anthony grow within the field of film. He is excited to continue working within the Rutgers community while he is a student here but he looks forward to what is to come in his future. Anthony has a passion for the entertainment business and hopes to get involved with the Livingston Theatre Company or Cabaret Theatre. Through his studies, he is pursuing film and TV and aims to land an internship outside of Rutgers that will enhance is studies. One of his biggest goals would be to work for CBS or NBC because he really enjoys reality TV and sports.
Anthony is an extremely passionate student who devotes so much of his time to his extracurriculars. We don’t know how he finds the time to balance all that he does but he sure makes it look easy! His time, devotion, and hard work have truly paid off and we are sure it will only continue to bring him success in the future.