A Day in the Life of Douglas Harrington: A Marketing Major with a Creative Streak
Posted by Senior Matthew Carrigan on May 3, 2016
A theater enthusiast by nature and a marketing major by choice, Douglas Harrington is as passionate about Binghamton as he is about using his sense of creativity to succeed. Though he is graduating in just three years, having earned two semesters worth of college credits in high school, his extracurricular schedule keeps him busier than most students would be four years in. A humble student, Harrington said that he’s “not really special, just busy.” We disagree. See what a normal day at Binghamton is like for Doug.
Hometown: Walden, N.Y. (about an hour and a half north of New York City)
Home at Binghamton: Floral Avenue in Johnson City (though his heart resides in Hinman)
Major: Business administration with a concentration in marketing
- Hinman Production Company: Vice President of Finance; Director of Godspell; Previously co-director of Company
- Hinman College Council: Fellow, on the Hysteria committee
- Binghamton tour guide: on the hiring committee
- Tap dancer
- Can clap with one hand
- Performed in seven musicals
- Previously worked as a TA for Theater 101 (twice!)
- Favorite place to eat on campus: Pandini’s in the MarketPlace (he recommends the labrettis!)
- Favorite place to study on campus: The Hinman Production Company office ("It’s always quiet, and has a quite comfortable couch.”)
Step into Doug's shoes
Can you walk us through a schedule of your busiest day?
“One Tuesday, I was on campus for 14 hours.”
8:30 a.m. - Woke up
9:50 a.m. - Arrived on campus
10:05-11:30 a.m. - Market research class
11:30 a.m. -Noon - Meeting with the president of HPC
Noon-1 p.m. - HPC executive board meeting
1-2:30 p.m. - Did homework in the HPC office
2:50-4 p.m. - Advertising class
4-4:45 p.m. - Worked on social media class group project
4:45-7:45 p.m. - Helped conduct group interviews for tour guides
7:45-8 p.m. - Had about 15 minutes to eat dinner in the MarketPlace
8 p.m.-Midnight. - Went to rehearsal for Godspell
Midnight-1 a.m. - “I went to the Night Owl with some friends, and to visit a Sodexo manager that I’m friendly with.”
2 a.m. - Went to sleep
“I had more free time the next day.”
What do you do during your free time?
“I like to relax on the couch and watch CNN or TBS, or catch up on American Horror Story.”
Interests and career aspirations
What made you choose marketing as a major?
“Marketing and advertising are the creative side of business. Advertising itself is just pure creativity, and my theater experience led me down this path. I took this creative aspect of myself and put it to conventional use in the business world.”
What kind of jobs are you applying for after graduation?
“I’ve had a couple of interviews with advertising agencies and marketing firms, and I am interested in theater marketing. I had an internship last summer as a marketing/public relations representative for a theater on Long Island, and I really enjoyed it.”
Is there anywhere in particular you want to live after graduation?
“I wouldn’t mind relocating for the right job -- I like travelling and seeing new places. Ideally, I would go to New York City or Boston. New York has the theater district, which is a big deal for me. I would be there every night if I had the money. On the flipside, if Boston had Broadway, I would never leave.”
What is your favorite place you have travelled to?
“A couple of years ago, I visited London and Paris -- and I definitely want to go back one day.”
What would be your dream job?
“Being a producer on Broadway -- it would be really fun to work with theater professionals to put on a show.”
A passion for Binghamton
Why did you become a tour guide? What is your favorite part about giving tours?
“I have fun interacting with people. When I was visiting colleges as a high school senior, I felt very overwhelmed. I wanted to help people get through this difficult step in their lives. It is great to have students come up to me and say, ‘You were my tour guide -- you’re the reason I came here.’ That’s extremely rewarding to me. It’s just nice to see and hear that people are happy.”
What is your favorite thing about Binghamton? What will you miss most?
“I’ll miss other students the most. Everyone that I meet here is so accepting of new people and different lifestyles. Regardless of skill level or previous involvement, clubs and organizations are always looking for people to join them. I’ve never felt unwelcome by any group. The living style here is a big part of that. Transitioning from high school to college felt very easy -- the dorms feel like a smaller college on a big university campus. No matter where I go, I always seem to run into people that I recognize. So when I leave, I’ll miss the open-mindedness and diversity of the students, and my friends. Since I’m graduating in three years, most of my friends that are my age will still be here when I leave.”
What is one thing you’ve accomplished at Binghamton that you’re proud of?
“I co-directed the show Company for HPC last semester, and it was amazing. It’s my favorite show. I never thought this would be possible, but our show broke the HPC ticket sales record. Being able to see all of that come to life and say, ‘this is mine’-- without being egotistical-- is truly gratifying. I’ve never seen a cast get along together so well.”
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Matthew Carrigan is a senior majoring in English. Originally from Farmingdale, N.Y., he is interested in content writing, copywriting, public relations and communications.
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