Alyssa Chard - Brigham Young University, Class of 2014
Major / Minor: Public relations major, English minor, French Language certificate
The best class I’ve taken: An entrepreneurship lecture series class at BYU’s business school. Throughout the semester, successful entrepreneurs presented on how they had started a company. The intriguing part to me was that all those who presented are passionate about social innovation and are working to improve society in some way. I’ve always believed that regardless of profession, everyone has the potential to make a positive impact on society. This class helped me learn how to start that process.
My favorite website: If I am looking for breaking news, I go to The New York Times first. While I get ready in the morning I listen to TED talks because I think they are fascinating, I always learn something and they inspire me. At the end of the day when I’m ready to unwind, I am a big fan of Spotify, where the music selection is endless.
The last book I read: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It just so happens that this is my new favorite book! I love reading true stories about people who have overcome difficult challenges. This book definitely fits into that category.
Major / Minor: Business Administration major, Media Studies minor, Dual concentration in Marketing and Communications & Media Management
The best class I’ve taken: Probably my Music History class. It was fascinating to study how and why trends in culture change, especially a culture as old and widespread as music. It didn’t hurt that my teacher was a bit kooky, too.
My favorite website: Choosing a singular favorite website is a tall order, but I can say that over the summer, doNYC.com becomes my best friend – there’s always something intriguing happening in this city, and doNYC helps me find it.
To embrace summer in the NYC, I recommend: Free outdoor concerts. There is an incredible number of free outdoor concerts packed into a New York City summer – between Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn!, River to River, and the countless smaller series, there is a free outdoor show for everyone. These summer series bring great music to fresh ears, with veteran acts and new talent. You shouldn’t have an NYC summer without it!