Home to two universities, Tiffin welcomes thousands of young students every semester. TU graduate Emily Stant came to Tiffin to extend her education, but the small town charm kept her around to start a career.
Stant, a Delphos, Ohio native, graduated from TU in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration. After four years on campus, she began to call Tiffin her home. “Over the four years I was there, I fell in love with it,” said Stant. She also noted the “hidden treasures” of the town, such as museums and unique small businesses.
Today, her job in Tiffin requires her to work closely with those businesses. Stant is the social media specialist for TiffinOhio.org, an online resource that connects Seneca County citizens with events and businesses in the area. In addition to updating the organization’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, she also works closely with local business owners to provide them with online marketing packages.
“I love when business owners say that a customer saw a [social media] post and came in,” she said.
Many companies have hired social media staff to take advantage of new marketing and communication channels. Stant’s position is the first of its kind at TiffinOhio.org. She came to TU with plans to study English but changed her mind after she met Professor Brad Rees. Within the music department and the concert production team, she helped organize live music opportunities for students.
“I was a part of bringing concerts to campus,” she said. “I liked meeting different artists and smaller, unknown artists.” She was also an active member of the gay, lesbian, and straight supporter group (GLASS) and the H2O campus ministry where she honed her social media skills.
Although she fulfilled a major in Arts Administration and a minor in Public Relations, she feels that her TU education guided her towards interests beyond those parameters. Her original goal was to work for a music venue or festival after graduation, but experiences at TU took her elsewhere. Thanks to some motivation from Dr. Colleen Vallo, she took an unexpected interest in another subject outside of her major.
“Professor Vallo really inspired me to get into journalism,” Stant said.
She recommended that all TU students take some journalism courses, as they force students to branch outside of their comfort zones and develop communication skills. Despite the fact that her job requires her to spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen, she stressed that face-to-face communication skills are still important.
“Get out and talk to people you don’t know,” Stant said.
By taking her own advice, Stant secured a job that allows her to be more connected to Tiffin now than ever before. Of the thousands of students that temporarily reside in the small college town, only a select few stick around after graduation. Fortunately for the Tiffin community, Stant is a TU alum who has decided to stay.