By Alexander Mousa, Co-Editor-in-Chief
Club founder, newspaper editor, marketing student and hard-worker.
The Tide’s Editor-in-Chief Emma Robinson is approaching the end of her four year career at Post, four years of leadership and hard work for the marketing major.
Originally from Melbourne, a medium-sized city on the east coast of sunny Florida, Robinson came to New York to attend Long Island University as an English major in the fall of 2019. She had always wanted to attend a university in New York since she was a child, after visiting the city years ago.
“I always wanted to go to a university in New York since I was 12 years old, which was the first time I ever came to New York… I loved it, but I wasn’t sure what exactly I wanted to do in college when I was going to [high] school,” she said.
Robinson applied as an English major, in hopes of finding another area of interest that she could either double-major in, or switch her major to. She knew that she wanted to major in a creative field, and pursue a career where she can use her creativity to grow and thrive.
“At first I wanted to be an English major, and LIU had so many different programs that I thought ‘this is great.’ I can start with English, and then I started a job at The Student Body Collective–then the Boutique–and realized I loved social media marketing.”
Robinson was attracted to the school because she felt that the smaller class size would allow her to create relationships and learn better. She describes her love for “experiential learning,” and how that played a factor in her success at Post. Post has small class sizes compared to other major universities, which has helped many students grow meaningful relationships with their professors and peers.
She eventually made the decision to change her major to marketing, and work towards a career in the business world.
Robinson joined The Tide as a staff writer, and feels that this extracurricular has helped her pursue her passion for writing and her marketing career at the same time. She quickly rose to the position of News Editor of The Tide during her sophomore year, and has served as Editor-in-Chief for the entirety of her junior and senior years.
“Working on the Pioneer and creating what is now The Tide has been one of the most amazing experiences for me,” she shared. “I love writing and editing stories, and getting to work with the editors for two years has been great. Our team is so talented and hard working.”
Robinson won three awards in 2022 from the Press Club of Long Island, including an award for being one of the best college news reporters.
Robinson says that the most valuable thing she has done while in college is, along with fellow classmates, founding RISE, a club on campus that advocates for sexual assault education, prevention and awareness.
RISE holds events on campus dedicated to community building, acceptance and creating safe spaces for students to thrive and feel comfortable on campus. The group donates their earnings from events to various organizations dedicated to sexual assault prevention and resources for domestic violence victims. Their most recent event, Take Back the Night, was held on Monday evening. The event had mental health resources, tabling from different events and a candle-lit march to spread awareness about sexual assault on college campuses. She has served as the president of RISE during its first year on campus.
“I got to see people that I was friends with and people that I knew on campus become leaders and I got to show them what I know about leadership, as well as working together and collaborating, and I got to learn a lot from them. Our main goals are community, advocacy and strength, and I have seen so much more of that [on campus] now,” she said.
Robinsons says that she believes RISE has helped students deal with hardships brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as issues with their mental health during isolation.
“It’s so worth it to me, because when I see people talk about it, how happy they are and that’s my ultimate goal is to help people in any way I can, and I think that’s been one of the best ways I have been able to effectively reach people on campus,” she said.
Robinson hopes to be in a creative career after college, where she can utilize the tools she has learned in her marketing classes. She hopes to have a career doing some sort of creative marketing in the business or media worlds.
“I definitely see myself as a creative person, I’m not someone that’s analytical, or really a finance person, I see myself more on the creative side of marketing, of communications and of media. I’m trying to be open-minded to the different opportunities,” she said.
Robinson feels that her work on the newspaper, as well as other extracurriculars, have given her a broader perspective on her career.
“I think that having experiences outside of the classroom is so essential to really understanding how to do things, and what you want to do with your life. I think without the newspaper, without RISE and without my work experience, I would just have no sense of what I wanted to do, whether it is in marketing or communications, I would feel a little bit lost,” she said.
Robinson says that she encourages students currently studying at Post and other schools to experience new things, learn new things and to not be afraid to make mistakes.
“You don’t have as much risk as when you have a full time job…When you’re 18, 19 or 20 years old, you have time to make mistakes, you have time to learn new things and to try new things and decide if it’s right for you or not, and you don’t really get that back,” she added.
Her advice for students is to “have as much experience as possible to really understand yourself and what you like, as well as immersing yourself in things, and keep pushing yourself to do better.”
Robinson will be receiving an academic excellence in marketing award from the Post college of management on May 4 before graduating.
“I am so grateful for all of the great opportunities that I’ve gotten to pursue during my time here, and I can’t wait to continue my career after graduation.”
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