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 Rory Thompson

Rory Thompson

Digital Media Production major with minors in Media Studies and Film Studies

Rory Thompson

What is your major? Do you have any minors?

I am a Digital Media Production major with minors in Media Studies and Film Studies.

What are you passionate about? What inspires you?

I am passionate about the advancement and enlightenment of Black people globally. I strive to see Black people represented in every facet of our society, from art to politics to STEM and more, and treated fairly. I am inspired by those who came before me and fought to get more access to opportunities for Black people, especially in film and TV. Oscar Micheaux, Spike Lee, John Singleton, Jordan Peele, Barry Jenkins, Issa Rae, Will Packer, Donald Glover. Those are all people who inspire me to be the filmmaker that I am and strive to be.

What is one lesson that you learned at Flagler that you will never forget?

One lesson that I learned at Flagler that I will never forget is to lean on others for help. You don’t have to go through everything alone. We live in an individualistic society, but we must work as community to reach the goals that we want to reach.

If you could share a piece of advice for a new student, what would it be?

Get involved on Flagler’s campus. A lot of my favorite experiences have been on campus while participating in a student club, especially the Black Student Union (BSU). For me, if I wasn’t so involved at Flagler, I would not have the connections and friends that have changed my life forever.

Our core values are Transformative Learning, Citizenship with Integrity, Thoughtful Stewardship, and Respectful and Inclusion Community. How have you contributed to these Core Values during your time at Flagler?

As a member of the Executive Board of BSU for three years, serving as President for two, I have contributed a lot to these core values during my time at Flagler College. Attending a PWI (Predominantly White Institution) as a Black student can be very overwhelming. During my time at Flagler College, I have experienced and witnessed racism and discrimination on my own campus. By planning events for BSU members, I help create a respectful and inclusive community for Black and brown students. Black and brown students were able to live freely every week during our meetings. BSU meetings and events were not only respectful and inclusive but were a place for transformative learning to take place as every meeting and event allowed for us to talk about different topics and ideas surrounding Black culture.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I have been offered a job at WJXT/News4Jax in Jacksonville, FL as a Part-Time Video Editor. I am excited to work in the news media industry however, I hope that this job leads to more opportunities in the video production industry. My main professional goal is to make a feature film starring Black people that is distributed globally through a streaming service and/or theatrically. I would love to be able to go to an AMC theater and take a picture next to my movie poster.