Alumni Profile: Torie Sullivan ’13

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Current position: Inbound Marketing Strategist at TSL Marketing in Columbia, Md.

Responsibilities: All things digital marketing for my clients— everything from email to blogging, websites to social media and beyond. I provide analysis of clients’ markets and recommendations for improved inbound marketing strategies.

Graduation date: May 2013

Major: Integrated Marketing Communication

Current residence: Frederick, Md.

Birthplace: Westchester County, N.Y.—30 minutes outside of New York City.

Where did you live as a student? Shriner and Coblentz Hall

Favorite class you took at Hood?
My favorite class at Hood was any marketing class adjunct instructor Harby Tran taught. I can’t remember the exact title of any of them, but if I saw his name when making my schedule, I added the class.

How did your experience at Hood influence or shape your career today?
The faculty took the time to guide my passion by steering me in a good direction so that I could focus on what I love to do and further develop my natural entrepreneurial spirit.

As a student, was there a professor who served as a mentor?
Harby Tran because of his teaching style. It was incredibly immersive. He engaged students in conversation and wanted them to understand the relevancy of the subjects in the real world. His classes were discussion based, and I felt I learned far more in that class than in any class that used a textbook.

What made you decide to attend Hood?
Hood College was the first college to accept me and give me a substantial amount of financial aid, but what cemented my decision were the students and awesome downtown area. Frederick is in a key metropolitan area between Baltimore and D.C., so there are a lot of job opportunities and internships nearby. It’s a city that reminded me of a blend between SoHo and Boston because of the historical atmosphere and vibrancy.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?
In my senior year, on a whim I decided to audition for Hood’s production of “The Vagina Monologues.” I was stunned when I got cast. In the weeks leading up to the performances, my relationship with the group of women in the cast and crew created an unforgettable experience. I have never felt so empowered than I did working on that show. It’s an incredible cause and a memory I will cherish forever.

Describe Hood in one word.
Community. Professors know your name, and you don’t have to purchase a remote control at the beginning of the semester to answer questions in a classroom the size of a stadium. Even if you don’t know everyone, you see familiar faces all over campus.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I had a graphic design internship with Flying Dog Brewery after graduation. Because of my ‘go-getter’ attitude, the position eventually morphed into event coordination, and I became a tour guide. I worked there for about two years and ended up meeting my now-boyfriend, Vince. He still works there, and I still consider myself very much a part of the Flying Dog family.

Define your most successful moment or experience.
I think the most successful experience was getting my internship at Flying Dog Brewery my junior year of college. I interviewed in the career center thinking it was a longshot. It ultimately became an awesome stepping stone for me and was a great way for me to get more connected and involved with the Frederick community. I met so many great people during my time there and established invaluable connections for the future.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
I’m definitely a disciple of retail therapy, but as a recent graduate, that’s not the best way to deal with stress. Honestly, because I have two jobs and do freelance work on the side, I don’t have a lot of time for other stuff. So when I do have some “me time,” I’ll do my nails and watch something girly and mindless like “Say Yes to the Dress.”

Stranded on an island, what three things are you sure to have with you?
Oh jeez, this question! I’m inclined to be practical here. So I would say a LifeStraw so I could drink ground water, a knife and my pair of polarized Ray-Bans. I can’t live without them. (Fun fact: I did a brand study on Ray-Bans in my MGMT 406—Consumer Behavior and Analysis class. I may have inadvertently marketed to myself because I bought a pair a year later.)

Advice to current Hood students?
Don’t wait for opportunity to come knocking, for someone to tell you about an internship or a job opening. You have to make your own success. Go after it, like a rabid animal, and don’t take no for an answer. EVER. Talk to your teachers after class, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Go to all the boring and awkward networking events. (Yes, everyone else thinks they’re boring and awkward, too.) But most importantly: stay hungry. Good things don’t come to those who wait. Good things come to those who HUSTLE.


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