nice to meet you
I’m Rory Coleman and in May I graduated from Elon University with a double major in History and Strategic Communications and a minor in Dance. Some of my most recent experience in the fields of Communications and History include my internship at Carolina Ballet in the Marketing Department, my work in Elon’s History & Geography Department maintaining their social media presence and recruiting potential majors, minors, and faculty candidates, and the development and defense of my thesis. In the fall of 2018 I was fortunate enough to study abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, which was easily the greatest experience of my life. I owe so much to Elon’s Global Education Center and my parents for that opportunity!
My professional influences include my mother, who continues to associate direct CBS This Morning Saturday and Sunday Morning after 20 years in news broadcast, my father who inspired my love of sports as a free-lance director working with ESPN, NBC, and CBS Sports, and Primatologist Jane Goodall (it’s really a shame I’m kinda lousy at science!). My favorite literary works include “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” (Robert Pirsig), “The Namesake” (Jhumpa Lahiri), and “A Walk in The Woods” (Bill Bryson).
My long-term professional goal is to use my degrees to work in Public Relations for a dance company or museum, hopefully in New York City (where I grew up) or London. Regardless of degrees, careers, and literary heroes however, the real goal is adopt lots of dogs and climb lots of mountains all over the world.
Right now, I am working in a cafe in the heart of Chatham’s main street in Cape Cod. I’ve visited this cafe every summer, and am now helping the business as we adapt during the challenging COVID-19 Pandemic. As a member of the resilient Class of 2020, I am balancing my full-time “summer job” with my pursuit of finding employment in the field I studied and have dreamed of working in. I have learned so much in that busy little cafe about team work, efficiency, and customer/client relationships. I look forward to applying these skills at wherever I end up next!