Olivia Asiala

Student Info

Graduation Year:
May 2012
Midland, Michigan

What have you done since graduating and where are you now? 
My first job was at Adrian College as the visual communications coordinator. Then, I worked for MSU's College of Veterinary Medicine as the digital communications specialist. Now, I'm the product manager at a startup called Uncubed in New York—working on building an online education platform. It takes users inside the offices of today's fastest-growing companies to learn the skills they're leveraging to build industry-changing products.

How did RCAH prepare you for what you're doing now? 
I developed some really good habits at RCAH—because of both the content of the curriculum, and the style of teaching. It sounds super broad, but learning in the RCAH enforced and reinforced (and re-reinforced) my critical thinking skills—which would be important no matter what field I went into, but are essential to my current role. 

What were your academic interests in RCAH? 
The highlight of my entire life was taking a class on Harry Potter. Beyond that, my academic interests changed a lot from year to year, and it was really great to be able to try a bunch of different academic pathways out as part of the RCAH curriculum.

What were your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
I did an internship with the Center for Poetry, which was challenging and a ton of fun. I also loved working with It's Great to be a Girl for my civic engagement experience (and obviously, Harry Potter).

Did you ever take part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU?
I did a Study Abroad and a Study Away. I had an internship in London during the spring of my junior year. I interned for youthnet.org as an editorial assistant for thesite.org.

The summer following my spring semester abroad, I went to New York City for a month on a Professional Writing study away.

What words of wisdom do you have for current RCAH students? 
Trust your instincts and do what makes you happy.