Dravin Gibson, Master of Humanities in Film Studies
Current occupation: Director of Television and Radio at Glenville State University
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
I’ve always been passionate about cult and independent film, and since taking my position as Director of Television at Glenville State University that passion has grown into the desire to teach. My goal is to become a professor of Film Studies and develop a Film degree program at GSU.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
Tiffin came highly recommended when I was researching film degree programs. I wanted to ensure I got the best education possible within my budget, and Tiffin was exactly what I was looking for.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
I have absolutely loved the program so far! Tiffin’s Pfeiffer Library is such an incredible resource, and has helped me both with research and casual entertainment. As a film student, the massive repository of films available in Dragonquest really surprised me, and my fiancee and I have both really enjoyed watching films together for my research.
How has your experience been with faculty?
Moodle has made it very easy to keep in touch with my professors, and they have all been incredibly helpful and kind thus far.
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school? Any tips?
It has been a struggle for sure, but nothing I can’t handle. If I could offer some advice for current and future grad students, I would say find time for yourself. Give yourself time to breathe and enjoy your hobbies, then go back to that big project. If you force yourself to work, your projects will suffer for it.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
My fiancee has been my big driving force this year. She was the one that gave me the push I needed to apply for grad school, and she has really kept me afloat through difficult projects and my hectic work schedule.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
DO IT!!! MAKE YOUR DREAMS COME TRUE!! Shia Labouf quotes aside, going back to school was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a while.
TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?
I’m not usually one to take risks, but I do have something worth sharing here. When I started my undergrad program, I was a Music Education major. I stuck with Music Ed. for a few years until my voice teacher had to move across the country due to a family emergency. I was stuck at a crossroads: stick with the voice program with an unfamiliar instructor, or take a gamble on a new program. I had picked up an art minor earlier in the semester, but switching majors Ould mean losing my scholarship. I took a gamble and submitted my work for an art scholarship, and they accepted. Switching to the art program gave me the opportunity to pursue my love of digital art and video full time, and was instrumental in helping me get my current job!