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Meet BIFF intern Courtney Yates’14, making her last semester count

February 13, 2014

Meet Courtney

Name: Courtney Yates’14

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Mich.

Major/minor: Psychology.

What brought me to Beloit: I was looking for a place that was drastically different from the University of Michigan where most of my friends wanted to go and where the rest of my immediate family had gone. I needed something smaller, more intimate. Mostly, I needed a place where I would find myself and a small place like Beloit seemed like the best bet in that respect.

You may have seen me: Taking photos around at campus events or playing tennis.

How I got involved with the Beloit International Film Festival: I began my senior year looking for something really cool but impactful to do. I am hoping to go into advertising and so I wanted something that would give me useful experience in getting into this field. BIFF gave me more skills than I expected to gain.

What the experience has taught me: The experience has taught me a lot. It has taught me basic skills such as speaking to business managers and planning projects but it has also taught me things on a bigger scale. In other words, I realized how much and what kind of work and creativity it takes to put together an organization and event like BIFF. You have to know how to stay on your toes in terms of knowing what to utilize in our quickly advancing technological world in order to make your organization relevant and effective.

The BIFF movie/event you shouldn't miss: All of our films!

What are you working on? Our Community Partners program, festival merchandise, and coordinating our photo team.

What’s on your desert island jukebox? Mariah Carey, Sam Cooke, Elliott Smith, Kanye West, and Brand New.

What can’t you live without? My cameras.

Any advice? Fight your anxieties fearlessly.

Who are your top-three fantasy dinner party guests? My father’s mother, Martin Luther King Jr., and Barack Obama after his term ends.

What gets you up in the morning? Currently, the ambiguity of next year and all of the possibilities that are available are what drive me to get up in the morning. Related, the fact that it is my last semester at Beloit drives me to want to make every day count in one way or another.

Who are your heroes? My father, my mother.

What’s your karaoke standard? Mariah Carey.

What are you most looking forward to? Seeing what the world makes of me after graduation.