As a senior, it truly feels surreal to be writing my final piece for the Squeeze. With graduation looming just over head, it’s hard not to get sentimental about my time at UM, and to feel the need to acknowledge everyone who’s made it so memorable. With that being said, it wouldn’t be right to leave without giving Orange Umbrella a special shout out.
OU will always have a special place in my heart, and I owe so much to this amazing program for helping me develop and grow into the person I am today. I’ve never encountered such helpful and dedicated individuals anywhere else, and such incredible team dynamics. As I enter the working world as a recent graduate, the subject of Orange Umbrella is a constant point of conversation in interviews, and one that I am happy to talk about with passion and excitement.
I will never forget the amazing things that we created during these afternoons in the IMC. Ideas really do flourish here in a remarkable way. Orange Umbrella was an invaluable part of my college experience, and I truly can’t recommend it enough as a student opportunity. So thank you, Orange Umbrella. For giving me confidence, for helping me mature professionally, and for allowing me to realize my passion for copywriting; one that I plan on pursuing out in the world post-graduation.
Now sadly, I’ve got to go. I want to make the most of my time left on this beautiful campus, and I hear there’s a glider open for me at the Rat, overlooking the pristine blue waters of Lake Osceola. I should make my way over there before it gets too crowded. Well… if the Rat is full by the time I get there, I won’t sweat it too much. I’d be more than happy to take a spot at the tables, underneath an orange umbrella.
Editor’s note: This piece, written by Jack Feldman, truly encapsulates the poise, hard work, and passion he brought to work every day during his 2+ years at Orange Umbrella. Starting as a staff writer and moving up to Creative Director during his time at OU, Jack always took his job and his responsibilities seriously. But he did so with a smile. He’s a true joy to work with, and his mentorship and leadership of others is built on a foundation of kindness and creativity. The Squeeze (and many more fundamentals at Orange Umbrella) are what they are today because of Jack Feldman, and we are so very proud of all he has done for Orange Umbrella. Thank you, Jack, for everything!