Micah Jesse Koffler (B.A '09)
What was your favorite class, who was your favorite professor, or what is your fondest memory of Hofstra?
My favorite class was PR 101, and Ellen Frisina was my favorite professor, advisor and mentor. She saw my potential from day one and not only inspired me, but also pushed me, to success.
What was your first job after graduating from Hofstra, and what was the most valuable thing you learned there?
My first job after graduating from Hofstra in 2009 was working for General Motors as one of the "faces" of the Chevrolet Cruze car. As part of this exciting campaign, I traveled around the country immersing myself in entertainment, attending award shows and festivals, and interviewing celebrities from within my car. The public relations and mass media skills I learned at Hofstra proved to be extremely valuable in helping to promote and engage my social network in this campaign.
What is your field of specialty, and how did you come to work in the industry?
I always knew I wanted to work in entertainment, so I pursued internships while in school that would put me in the right places. While in school at Hofstra, I interned for Tommy Mottola at Casablanca Records and as a red carpet reporter for both OK! and US Weekly magazines. These opportunities afforded me the chance to meet celebrities and other journalists, public relations and marketing professionals, agents, managers, etc., whom I now work with as a celebrity blogger, on the red carpet and as a television commentator, on a regular basis.
What advice would you give current Hofstra students?
My advice to current Hofstra students would be to work really hard, both in school and in actualizing your dream job. Take every opportunity to learn and envelop yourself in your desired field so that when graduation rolls around, you are ahead of the game. I truly believe that, in almost any industry, your network is your net worth.
In one word, how would you describe Hofstra?
What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of my job is that no day or week or month is ever the same. I'm always doing a million different things and I like it that way... It keeps me on my toes!
Who in your field do you most admire?
I admire people who paved the way before me, who have had similar struggles as I have, but have come out (pun intended) on top. I admire Ellen DeGeneres, Andy Cohen and Anderson Cooper, who all represent positivity, honesty and make people happy.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Where do you see your career progressing to in the future?
In 10 years I hope to be doing a lot more television. I love hosting, interviewing and telling stories. Stay tuned as my story unfolds...