Student Spotlight: Erin Smith

Erin Smith, senior media production major pictured with James Parker '11 gradDescribe yourself…I am from a small town with big dreams. I have always had a passion for making people happy and I never meet a stranger. I have wonderful parents, friends and fiancé Justin that inspire me and encourage me every day. I love the smell of new books, watching a baseball game, listening to Maroon 5 and playing with my mini dachshund Kinsee-Belle.

I chose Southern Miss because…I wanted a good education. I wanted to stay close to home and my friends were here. I loved the area, the campus, the college life, and the beach is an hour away! I love the people that have graduated from here and the people that are currently here. I believe Southern has that class and sophistication that would make anyone be proud to be a Golden Eagle!

My favorite thing to do on campus is…I adore the scenery. My favorite thing to do on campus is to stroll around the rose garden. I think it is beautiful and deserves recognition. It's not every day you run into a rose garden than does not charge admission. Sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses... in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is nice to have a place to go and relax.

Why did you choose to major in the School of Mass Communication and Journalism at Southern Miss? I was interested in Public Relations when I came to Southern Miss but quickly realized, after taking an intro course, that I enjoyed Production more. I changed majors and I have been so happy ever since. The MCJ department has, in my opinion, the best professors that you could ever hope to encounter in a college experience.

What are some cool/fun things you’ve had a chance to experience while at Southern Miss? The coolest thing I have experienced at Southern Miss was being nominated for a student Emmy! It was something that has made a lasting impression on me. I will be proud to tell my grandkids about it one day.

What are your greatest awards and achievements in college thus far? Last Semester I won the overall film award for "World in a Room", which is the same documentary that was nominated for a student Emmy. It was a group project with the late James Parker. I also won the overall media production award for a music video for folk band Vanilla Jane, my partner on that project was Jaz Johnson. I have been very lucky to have worked with such talented fellow students in my time at USM.

Have you completed an internship, or completed practicum work on a special project while in college? I interned at Mississippi Public Broadcasting where I had the opportunity to work on a documentary called “Divided We Stand", it aired last semester on MPB.

When I have free time, I like to…Read, go fishing, spend time with my fiancé Justin and my dog Kinsee-Belle. I like to cook and bake, and I enjoy time out with my friends. I enjoy spending time with my family, and I go home every weekend to visit. Right now, my time is consumed with planning my wedding which is on December 3rd!

I have always wanted to…Travel the world. I want to see everything that I can see. I have also wanted to go skydiving. Later in life I want to have a family and be a football mom!

My dream job would be….... one word..... Spielburg...

My favorite quote is…Some people care too much, I think it's called love. -- Winnie the Pooh

After graduation I plan to…Search for a job and be a good wife.

The one thing I’d like to say to students considering Southern Miss…Go for it, not just because of the education but because the people here are amazing. Your classmates will encourage you, inspire you, make a believer of you and still laugh when you destroy the group project, redo it the night before and pull off an "A". To The Top!

Tribute to James Parker... Without James I could have never created the "World in a Room" documentary. I am honored to have called him a friend and I feel privileged for having had the opportunity to work with him. For me, our documentary is a way that James will always be a part of me and a way that I will always have an appreciation for cheesy graphics and titles that fly in from all different directions. I would have been proud when he made it to the big time to say " I knew you when."