Meet MSI Spring Intern Jill Buckley

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College: Bryant University

Graduation Year: 2019

Major: Human Resources and Communications

Internship: Management Search Inc. Account Executive Intern

Campus Involvements: Bryant Singers, BIT,  Bryant Players, Dragon Dance Team

Where do you get your motivation to succeed?

I am a very competitive person, and I often compare myself to what I did last. I look for where I can improve. I have two older sisters, so I compare myself to them, though they are much older than me. It just motivates me to live up to my sister’s expectations and exceed them. A little family competition, never hurt anyone.

What destination or event has most shaped who you are in life today?

Going to my high school, I went to a very small, all-girl, boarding school. I lived there and it was the first time I had experienced living with someone who was not in my family. I lived with a girl from Seoul, Korea. It was incredible experience. I got to meet girls from Africa, Asia, and all across Europe. There was a huge diversity of ethnicities, religion, different sexual orientations, and that was the first time I wasn’t in my very vanilla home town. Getting that global experience at such a young age really changed who I was and opened me up to so many amazing things out in the world.

If you could pick one person dead or alive to have lunch with, who would it be? And why?

I am a big history nerd, I would love to sit down with any of the Founding Fathers. I would probably want to sit down with George Washington. I am just interested in seeing how he would feel about the current political climate, and his friend Hamilton having a musical based on his life. I would be curious to see his reaction to everything that is happening now.

What was your favorite role you have ever portrayed in a musical or a show?

Probably, Eurydice from the show Eurydice. It is a modern adaptation of the Eurydice and Orpheus story. It was just so different from anything I had ever done before. It was darker, much more serious and it also had really bizarre moments. I had the opportunity to die on stage, which was fun; I got to go in an elevator that rained. It challenged me a lot since it was so odd, it really helped me grow as a person.

What is your dream role in a show?

I would love to be anyone from Phantom of the Opera. Christine would be great to play, but I also think playing the Phantom himself would be so interesting. I love the special effects and I could listen to the sound track and never grow tired of it. I could listen to the orchestra forever and be so entertained.

In a Hollywood movie based on your life, what would be the title, and who would play your part?

I think maybe Kirsten Bell, I have been watching videos of her recently and she seems so quirky and funny. The only title I can think of is, “Idle hands are the Devil’s work”. That is what my mom always would say to me, which might be the reason that I feel as if though I should always be doing something. I rarely have free time, but it is a working title.

What is your spirit animal?

I think maybe a wolf because they are really cute and people usually think they are loners, but they are always with their pack.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love music. Often if we have free time together, my friends and I will go to the Interfaith Center and sing. We often have riff offs, like from Pitch Perfect, minus the acapella. I love watching musicals and I love how people express themselves through music. Though, I do not play any instruments.

What is the most exciting destination you have ever traveled to and why?

I traveled to China as a part of Bryant University’s Sophomore International Experience and I fell in love with the country. I was astounded by the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. They are such well known icons of Chinese culture and to actually be there, knowing the work that went into creating them, was mind blowing. Like any other wonder of the world, they are breath taking. I have seen those two and I have been to Stonehenge and just seeing these works are amazing.

Where is one place you would like to travel in your lifetime and why?

As I mentioned earlier, my freshman year roommate in high school was from Korea and she actually got me interested in a lot of Korean culture. I think it is a beautiful country and I still watch their movies from time to time and I would love to visit her. She has been to my house plenty of times, so I would love to see how different it is to live there. I think it is a beautiful culture, I have taken a couple of classes on Asian culture and I think it is captivating.

What is your favorite Rhode Island destination?

I really love Pastiche Bakery in Providence. My best friend and I will go there when we just need a day off. They have the best desserts and that will just be our meal. They make such good bakery products and it is a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Bryant.

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