We met up with CGS alumni Matt Kuhl to discuss his Pitt experience and his plans for the future. Matt graduated in Spring '16 with a degree in Media and Professional Communications, a minor in Film Studies, and a certificate in Digital Media.
Q: Why did you choose to attend Pitt?
A: I wanted a city school like Pitt, and when I visited during Admitted Students weekend I absolutely loved it. I also sang in high school, so when I found out about Pitt’s Heinz Chapel Choir, I put down my deposit that day. I have no regrets. I really love Pitt.
Q: How did you end up choosing your major and how does it apply to your post-graduation plans?
A: I didn’t know about the Media and Professional Communications major until my sophomore year. I originally came in to study Biology, but I eventually realized that I wanted to work in the entertainment industry. I tried out a couple of other majors, but none of them felt right because they were all very theory-based. I finally came across the Media and Professional Communications major, and I realized that it provided the more application-based approach to learning that I was looking for. I also loved the diversity of the classes: during my time here, I took an advertising class, a PR class, a marketing class, and several communications classes.
Q: What are your future plans?
A: Next year, I’ll be attending Carnegie Mellon University and doing their Master of Entertainment Industry Management (MEIM) program [which will expose me to the film and television industries of both Pittsburgh and LA.]
Q: Where would you like to see yourself in five years?
A: Ideally, I’d love to end up in either LA or New York either working for HBO or one of the big broadcast networks like NBC or ABC. I don’t know, I’m just excited to work with people who love what they do.
Q: What activities were you involved in during your time at Pitt?
A: I was a member of the Heinz Chapel Choir, and that was actually the main reason why I stayed at Pitt: all of my friends were there, and I just loved singing with the choir. Later on, I also auditioned for and joined the a cappella group The Songburghs. As for jobs, I had a marketing internship at the Steeltown Entertainment Project the summer after my junior year, and I worked as a Marketing/PR assistant at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.
Q: What would you say are some of your greatest accomplishments during your time at Pitt?
A: Just making it through college was a great accomplishment. I’m the first one in my family to go to college, so it was a big deal for me and my family. Also, studying abroad [in Sydney, Australia] was a huge step for me. I think that Pitt’s study abroad program is amazing, and I think it’s great that so many Pitt students end up studying abroad and experiencing different cultures. At Pitt, I feel like I really grew and became more confident in myself and found myself as a person.
Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow Pitt students?
A: Do everything and anything you could possibly get your hands on. Obviously, do your schoolwork and be productive, but also make sure to take risks and have fun. Also, soak it in as you go, because I’ve been seeing so many PittStart students walking around the Cathedral recently, and it makes me want to cry because I’m now graduated and I can’t believe the four years went by so quickly.