Jackie Steponaitis '10

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A Video Game Journalist

Jackie has lived in Vergennes, Vermont for her entire life—only about an hour’s drive away from the GMC campus. In seeking out a well-rounded and challenging academic experience that would support her unique interests, she was fortunate enough to find it within close reach—or commuter’s reach anyway.

“Growing up, I was bounced back and forth between private and public institutions throughout elementary school," says Jackie. While her education would be diverse in placement, it was consistent in the degree of challenge—something that was established in her childhood years. “My grandma had a teaching career of 40 years behind her… my mother is a teacher at the high-school I went to. She enforced a very high academic standard that I still have,” says Jackie.

Looking to further the challenge in a new atmosphere, Jackie opted to attend GMC despite the hour-long commute. Growing up in a small town, having to drive from place to place wasn’t too strenuous for the soon-to-be graduate. She is also happy to escape the typical vices of dorm life—such as studying at the mercy of dorm mates who may be in the mood to blare music at any given time. Fortunately, Jackie also received financial support from several academic scholarships, which also helped with the decision.

Unlike many students who attend GMC for its eco-centric majors, Jackie is exploring a different side of GMC. “I always knew that I wanted to work in the communications field from a very early age…what really started it was my passion for video games,” she says. “I was instilled early on with a very ‘in-touch’ feeling with writing”—a trait that seemed ideal for journalism.

While continuing to hone her sharp prose, Jackie began to configure class projects to meet her interests in video game reviewing—which she started to do as part of Prof. Paul Falzone’s (communications) Persuasion class. Not unlike a movie or book critic, Jackie would rent a game for the weekend and critique it, taking note on everything from story development and character development to the music, playability and camera angles.

Her diligence was fueled by support from the faculty, who, like Jackie, saw video games as a valid subject of academic analysis. “Ron Steffens, my advisor, has encouraged me to pursue my career goals in video game journalism.” “It’s a growing industry,” says Jackie. “They’re incorporating the newest brands of technology…Within this field, you can study art design or the history of video games. More and more colleges are starting to expand their communications departments to study [video games] in an academic way.”

While majoring in communications, Jackie has felt the tug of the GMC’s environmental mission nonetheless. “I’m finding myself becoming more environmentally conscious. I’m constantly turning the lights off when I leave the house… or I’ll turn the heat down when I’m inside,” says Jackie. “I believe it’s impacted me.”

Jackie’s looking to make an impact on the industry by continuing her studies in Europe and, from there, working as a writer/reviewer for a video game company or magazine. Evoked by her long-established higher standards in academics, Jackie has similarly elevated her perspective of video games into a form of art that merits critical review, academic insights, and—as she hopes will be the case—a career path within a promising and growing industry.


By Chad Skiles '12


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Men's Lacrosse
Saturday, 4/17
vs. University of Maine-Farmington, 3 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Maine Maritime Academy,
1 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
Saturday, 4/17
vs. University of Maine-Farmington, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Thomas College, 11 a.m.

Women's Softball
Tuesday, 4/13
vs. Skidmore College,
3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 4/14
vs. Johnson State College, 3:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, 4/17
at Husson College, 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
at Maine Maritime Academy,
12 p.m., 2 p.m.

Men's Tennis
Tuesday, 4/13
at Castleton State College, 4 p.m.

Saturday, 4/17
vs. Johnson State College, 1 p.m.

Sunday, 4/18
vs. Thomas College, 11 a.m.


WEEK AT A GLANCE


MONDAY, APRIL 12
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Resume & Cover Letter Workshop
3 - 4 p.m., Griswold Library Room 3

African Dance
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Traditional Belly Dance
7 - 8 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Laughter Yoga
8 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Kayak Pool Session
8:30 - 10 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

TUESDAY, APRIL 13
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Steven Goodman
10 a.m., Griswold Library Room 2

Fitness Swim
1 - 2:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Ikebana & Kabuki Buyo Workshop
2 p.m., East Room

Annie Bourdon
2:30 p.m., Terrace 124

Journaling Group
3:30 p.m., Chapel

Shakti Tribal Dance Practice
4 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Maintenance Clinic
5:30 p.m., GMC Bike Shop

Kripalu Yoga
6 - 7:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
6:30 - 7 p.m., Chapel

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Interpersonal Growth Group
6 - 7 p.m., Wellness Center

Comedian Rob O'Reilly
8 p.m., The Gorge

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bozen Wellness Center

GRE Study Group
4 - 5 p.m., Room 3, Griswold Library

Free Oral HIV Testing
6 - 8 p.m., Wellness Center

Shakti Tribal Dance: Advanced
6:30 - 7:45 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Zazen Meditation
7 - 8 p.m., Chapel

CALF Artshare, Open Mic
& Potluck

7 p.m., Outside of Cree Hall

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Shakti Tribal Dance: Beginner
7:45 - 9 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Meditation
9 - 9:20 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

THURSDAY, APRIL 15
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Wellness Fair
10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Withey Hall Lobby

Shakti Tribal Dance Performances
12:30 & 1 pm., outside of Withey Hall

Massage Therapy & Reflexology
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.,
Bogue Movement Studio

Tai Chi
5:15 - 6 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Yoga
6 - 7 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Let's Talk Gathering
7:15 - 8:30 p.m., Rare Books Room, Griswold Library

Beginner Yoga
7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

FRIDAY, APRIL 16
Chanting
8 a.m., Chapel

Fitness Swim
9 - 10:30 a.m., Waldron Athletic Center

Meditation
3 - 3:30 p.m., Chapel

Free Oral HIV Testing
3 - 5 p.m., Wellness Center

Joanne Bourbeau
6 p.m., East Room

Senior Recital: Allison Tremblay
7 p.m., Clara Hitchcock Fitzpatrick Jones Concert Hall

Tribal Dance Patshiva
7 p.m., The Gorge

Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center

SATURDAY, APRIL 17
Wildlife Crimes Workshop
9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. & 1 - 4 p.m., East Room

Yoga
1 - 2 p.m., Bogue Movement Studio

Slate Valley Community Day
1 - 4 p.m., various locations

Clothes Drying Rack Workshop
2 - 5 p.m., The Gorge

SUNDAY, APRIL 18
Community Swim
6 - 8 p.m., Waldron Athletic Center



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