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Spotlight on Student Success: Tim Tighe (BSS '10)
By Lauren Hutchison, University College PACE Publications Assistant

Ever since he was little, Tim Tighe wanted to work in the music industry. When considering college, Tighe thought he would spend a few years at Ohio University and then transfer to a school in California. "Once I got here and once I established a life here, I realized that I couldn't ever leave," Tighe said. "I think that everyone that's here truly has a deep love for this university, which makes it a really cool place."

Tighe stayed in Athens to complete his bachelor's degree. "By researching and talking with other people who are in the music industry, I realized that I could pursue a career in the industry without that specific music business degree," he explained. "That's when I opened up to the B.S.S. program, because I thought that I could build something that would be of similar caliber to a music business program at one of these other schools." Tighe researched the curriculum of music business programs around the country to create his own program of study. Tighe will graduate this June with a B.S.S. in Marketing, Management and Communication Studies.

Tim TigheHis unique degree has been an asset in Tighe's professional experience. "It's very rewarding to know that I created the degree that I'm going to have," he said. "I wasn't sure it was the right way to go, because I do have a fear that people are going to go 'B.S.S., what's that?' But so far, people really respect that you have created your major and you've put the effort and initiative into that. It's definitely played out in my favor."

Last summer, Tighe interned in Los Angeles for the Music Video Production department at Interscope Geffen A&M Records, part of the Universal Music Group. An OHIO alumnus helped Tighe get his interview. Interscope boasts a wide variety of popular artists like Lady Gaga, Rise Against and will.i.am.

In his internship, Tighe helped with a variety of tasks, such as attending private showcases with new artists, administering the music video archive and assisting with new video production. "We got to help with the creative process. We got to sit in with the producers and with the artists and work with them on what the concept would be for their video. We got to go on set -- we'd shoot video," he said. "I have no video production background. I never thought it would be something I'd be interested in. I ended up loving it and realizing there's so much more to that aspect than just video production."

After his graduation, Tighe plans to move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the music industry. "It's a whole different culture in California than in the Midwest. It's just a totally different lifestyle," he described. "But I can outweigh it with my passion for the music industry and my love of music. For me, I'm taking it as a challenge, but I'm also extremely excited about starting the next chapter in my life. It's rewarding to know that I can close this chapter as being the best four years of my life."

OHIO helped Tighe develop both professionally and personally. "It's definitely changed me as a person. I'm comfortable saying I am who I am because of OU," Tighe said. "Life is what you want to make of it, and OU does a really great job of promoting that."

Tighe enjoyed his coursework and feels the instruction that he's received at OHIO has prepared him well for a career in the music industry. "The classes that I've taken have helped me better understand the industry that I want to break into," he said. "A lot of the staff at OU is pretty traveled in the sense that they have experience beyond just Athens, so they have a lot of good input on life after college, because they've experienced it personally. Professionally, it definitely has prepared me to move forward from college and start my career."

Tighe has some good advice for students at OHIO: "Don't hold back. The more you get involved in and the more you let the experience shape you, the more you're going to get out of it," he urged. "I also just think that believing that you can do anything is important. I never would've imagined that I would've had the opportunity to do what I've always wanted to do. As soon as I opened up to this experience and made the most of my time here, it really enabled me to create that for myself. I think it's important to make sure that you just stay open to that idea."

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