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Student Spotlight: Meet Photojournalism Major Shayna Mendez from Kingston, Jamaica

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Pictured is Shayna Mendez, a photojournalism major at Point Park University. Photo | Gina Puppo

Meet Shayna Mendez

MajorPhotojournalism
MinorGlobal Cultural Studies
Expected graduation: May 2017
College activities: United Student Government, Campus Activities Board, The Photo Collective and The Fix. Also, I'm a photography apprentice for Point Park's Department of Enrollment Marketing.
Scholarship from Point Park: Transfer Trustee scholarship
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
High school: Campion College
Hobbies/interests: Swimming, reading, traveling, going to concerts, attending plays, musicals and art shows, binge watching Netflix or Dramafever
LinkedInShayna Mendez

As a native of Jamaica, why did you choose to attend Point Park University?

I decided to attend Point Park University in Pittsburgh because of its small campus and the prospect of adventure that the city presented being far away from home and my closest family members in Florida.

"My Point Park experience has definitely helped me in preparing for my future career with advisors and professors who are actively involved with your progress and help you at any step along the way."

-- Shayna Mendez


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What have you enjoyed the most about your college experience at Point Park?

What I've enjoyed the most about my college experience at Point Park is how easy it was for me to get involved and to get to know people. The campus promotes this friendly/family-like community that definitely makes everyone from all walks of life feel included.

In your opinion, what are some of Pittsburgh’s best kept secrets?

Some of Pittsburgh's best kept secrets are La Hütte Royal (it's a super fun/interactive art exhibit located in Troy Hill), The Yard restaurant (home to some of the best gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches) and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

What advice do you have for an international student who is considering studying abroad?

My advice to an international student considering to study abroad is try not to take stereotypes too seriously, and though cliché-sounding, put yourself out there to learn and explore, make friends and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Studying abroad is a lifetime experience that not everyone is able to enjoy, so make the most of your four years in foreign country.

How is your Point Park experience preparing you for your career? 

My Point Park experience has definitely helped me in preparing for my future career with advisors and professors who are actively involved with your progress and help you at any step along the way.

What are your career goals? 

My ultimate career goal is to one day work for a non-traditional news outlet like Mashable or Vice Magazine

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