On a hot Friday afternoon in the Cistern Yard radio studio room, I sat across from the busy woman herself, Vaughn Postema. A member of the Zeta Phi Beta sorority, host of the Transcend and Transform radio show here at the college, and involved in many other functions on campus, one can practically say she does it all as a college student. Not to mention, she’s one of the only seniors I know that is excited and ready to take on the infamous post grad life, touting 29 days until graduation. I sat down with Ms. Postema to talk about the college, post grad plans, advice, and miscellaneous topics.
Q: Where are you from?
A: Well, I’m from Columbia, South Carolina. That’s the short answer. The long answer is my family is military so I was born in Fort Hood, Texas, moved from Texas to Georgia, and then my dad retired in South Carolina, so that’s how I ended up here.
Q:What are your plans after you graduate?
A:I have an eight to 12 month plan. I’ve got a radio show here at the college that I pray will transfer over to the internship I have right now with Kinetic Hi Fi.Then I have a second show that launches in a few with the Fix.fm, so I’ll have two radio shows. My goal is to cultivate my radio career as much as I can and expand my network. In the meantime, I’ll be doing the Spectra program in July and after that I hope to get a job at the College, but I’ll be applying for jobs in the administration field or as a receptionist just to pay the bills. Basically, I’d like to pay the bills but still have time to cultivate my radio career and beyond. After eight months of doing that, I think I want to go to Full Sail University in Florida to get a master’s in entertainment business, but that could totally change.
Q:What has CofC taught you?
A: CofC has taught me that if you want to do something, do it. Don’t wait on somebody to give you accolades, or to pat you on the back. That’s not what the College is about, especially as a minority. I’ve always heard people say, “There’s nothing here to do for black people,” and I say, “Why don’t you create something to do?” I like to double dutch. There was one weekend where there was absolutely nothing to do, so I got some rope and said, “Let’s double dutch.” We spent the entire night in Warren doing double dutch and it was an awesome time.
Q:What advice would you give a freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior?
A:Freshman year, be observant. Be involved. Start to grow who you are and build your brand, but don’t be pressured to do something that you don’t want to do. Freshman year is all about observing and absorbing. Oh, and studying.
Sophomore year you’re still doing the same thing, except this time you’re applying it. Apply everything that you’ve observed and absorbed during that first year. Make mistakes. Figure out what works and what doesn’t and build upon what did work in the beginning.
Junior year, branch out from those small groups to the community at large. Expand your network. Volunteer. So what if you have to get up early in the morning? I promise you’ll get a free lunch out of it.
Senior year you take all of that, combine it, and start pursuing your dream. Make mistakes that senior year. A lot of people are afraid of graduation because they’ve waited until graduation to start making mistakes. Why not make mistakes during senior year where the safety net is?
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: My senior year has taught me that I had no hobbies. But I’m a big fan of Bruno Mars. I go on his website and see what’s new in the news, watch different versions of his songs, and watch live performances. I could be having a bad day, but when I play “Unorthodox Jukebox,”I’m happy. Another hobby is I park my car at the battery everyday. Every morning Vaughn Postema is walking from the battery. I learned in one of my classes that you have to stop and smell the roses. I always hated that phrase because I didn’t have time to do that. I like architecture, so while I’m walking, I get to look at all the architecture. Also, the battery is beautiful.
Q: Three fun facts.
A: I was homecoming queen in high school and at CofC. I played the trombone from the fifth grade to the 12th grade. You say mustard and ketchup. I say mustard and “catchup.” In my mind, I’m saying exactly what you’re saying. My dad is from Michigan and my mom is from Alabama/Connecticut, so somehow these northern accents splash on me every once in a while.
Q:People are always complaining about this generation. Name a specific problem that you see in this generation that is not found in prior generations and offer a solution.
A: This generation deals with the “self” thing. Everybody says, “Oh they’re just concerned about themselves. They’re selfish.” My solution to that is make it so that people know that the problem is also a part of their problem. I’m not saying it’s good to be selfish, but when something directly affects you or when something’s a part of you, you take more pride in it. We now live in a world of customization. However, we can’t escape interpersonal relationships. Conversation sparks interests. Once I show you how it is a part of you, you will start to care about it. I think that’s what’s missing. Show them how it relates to them.