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Neil Blumenthal, A02, graduated with a double major in History and– you guessed it– International Relations. After Tufts, Blumenthal juggled graduate coursework and working at a think tank in New York before joining VisionSpring, a nonprofit organization that helps train women in low-income situations to sell eyeglasses to those who would not otherwise be able to see. His knowledge of the eyewear industry would come in handy a few years later when he and three friends at the Wharton School of Business decided to do something about the fact that eyeglasses were more expensive than smartphones. In February of 2010, Warby Parker was born. By cutting out the middleman and designing their glasses themselves, founders Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, Jeffrey Raider, and Neil Blumenthal were able to bring high fashion eyewear to customers for just $95 per pair– and simultaneously donate a pair to someone in need for every pair bought. I called up Mr. Blumenthal for a chat to talk about looking smart…
The best place to chat with other interns on the Warner Brothers lot is in the 9am coffee line at Starbucks. There I have the opportunity to talk to other students my age who spend their days, like I do, sitting in conference rooms reading script coverage, driving to odd locations all over the city performing personal runs for the big boss man, and occasionally answering the phone to find some Hollywood big shot on the other end (which is honestly the most terrifying part of the job)… ah the joys of being an unpaid, Hollywood intern.
College upperclassmen are more accomplished than you are. This is basically fact. Even if you’re the kid building a resume like Anthony Monaco’s, the one digging wells in Niger and saving the world, upperclassmen have a lot they can teach you, and, importantly, a lot they can offer you. And yes, if you haven’t guessed it, this may very well be a thinly veiled letter of confession; upperclassmen are great hosts for opportunity seeking parasites (myself included). Luckily, symbiotic mutualism works its wonders at Tufts.
Procrastination for finals this year - combined with the knowledge that, as I prepared to graduate, the class of 2018 was getting ready to come to Tufts - led me to draft this parody of Let it Go from Disney's Frozen. A quick Photoshop job later, I was looking at over one-hundred "likes" on the Tufts 2018 Facebook page and, to my great pleasure, a recorded demo. I'm still waiting for the new Jumbos to release a full-length music video. Until Disney makes us take it down, of course.