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#SDSUGrad: Aleah Jarin

Following graduation, Aleah Jarin will begin working as a digital media producer for NBC 7 San Diego.
By SDSU News Team

Over the past year, the San Diego State University community has shown its true resilience. Graduates from the Class of 2021 are no exception. During this unprecedented time in human history, the university has prioritized providing students with important services like virtual academic supportemergency financial assistance and other support services. In particular, SDSU Career Services continues to offer resources for students, including the online career platform Handshake and expanded virtual programming and advising.

In this series, we highlight graduates as they prepare to embark on the next chapter of their lives, including those who have secured jobs and internships or are moving into advanced studies. 

Name: Aleah Jarin
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Manteca, Calif.

When did you begin your job search and what did that process entail?

My job search began in late fall of 2020. I applied to anywhere I could as I was determined to have something lined up for post-graduation. The process was challenging at times as companies turned me down. Eventually, one of my professors, who is more like my mentor, alerted me of an opening at NBC 7 and sent in my resume to them.
When did you receive your official job offer and what was your reaction?

A couple interviews and three weeks later, I got the call that I was chosen for the position. I was shocked and just filled with so much joy! As soon as I got off the phone, I told my parents and they were so ecstatic and proud of me. It felt like all my hard work had paid off and I’m so grateful NBC 7 saw my potential. 

What advice do you have for fellow students, regardless of their field, looking to jumpstart their career post-graduation?

My advice for fellow students is to please, please, please network! And do it as soon as you can in your college career. Connect with your peers and professors and join student organizations because someone may know of someone who can help you get your foot in the door. Getting this job wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my professor and mentor. 

What is it that you are most looking forward to as you kick start this next chapter? How did SDSU prepare you for success not only at the university but after graduation?

I’m most looking forward to seeing all the things I’ll accomplish while in this position and where this job will take me. SDSU has taught me a lot about my own personal growth and I’ve learned so much through my courses and professors. I feel like I’m ready to take the leap and apply everything I’ve learned into the “real world.”

What experience at SDSU has changed your life the most?

Founding a student organization at a university is definitely worthy of changing your life. Starting the National Association of Black Journalists at SDSU has changed my life in all the best ways. I came in as a transfer student and had no expectations of creating a club and becoming the founding president of it. It’s been such a pleasure leading this club. I’ve made great friends, connected with professional journalists at our meetings and grown so much as a person with this club. I’ve also loved writing for The Daily Aztec. Writing for the student paper gave me a sense of community which I will forever be thankful for.