After graduating from Chapman with degrees in Television Writing & Production and Political Science, Mitchell Rosenberg ’19 moved to Sacramento, to work as an Assistant Legislative Deputy in Governor Gavin Newsom’s office.
But, thanks to a referral from a fellow Chapman alumnus, he’s making the leap from state government to federal, in his new position as an Advance Associate for the White House. As a part of the advance team, Rosenberg manages logistics and event preparation for the President when he travels.
“I think the most unique thing about my advance role is the immensely high stakes of every event,” says Rosenberg. “It does not matter if the President is visiting a preschool or giving remarks about voting rights, each visit carries weight and will be seen worldwide. Because of this, pressures and tensions consistently run high to ensure we execute the best event possible.”
Rosenberg loves the constant problem solving and strategic thinking his job requires.
“No matter the trip, there are frequent obstacles we must overcome in a limited time frame. That requires a lot of on-the-fly thinking and creativity. This role has definitely given me the opportunity to challenge myself in ways I have not before,” he says.
We asked him about his time at Chapman and how it helped prepare him for his career.
Who was the most influential person for you at Chapman? Why?
There are too many to count. From Chris Hutchison, Kayla Wiechert and Justin Koppelman in Student Engagement, to Dean Price and President Struppa, to professors Fred Smoller and Lori Cox Han. I had the privilege of getting to know so many influential figures. All of these individuals gave me meaningful insight into the world of leadership, government and more.
What do you wish you knew at the time of your graduation that you know now? What advice can you give to the students and/or recent graduates of today?
I wish I knew how hard it is to make friends as an adult! It takes a lot more putting yourself out there than in other stages of life. Moving to a new city and trying to meet new people is hard, but once you can make those few connections, whether it’s at work or at your favorite coffee shop, things will begin to roll from there.
How did Chapman prepare you for your career? For life? How did your experience prepare you for the real world?
I loved my time at Chapman. Through my experience there, and through my involvements, I most importantly took away confidence in the work I do and the issues I am fighting for. I have used those skills in every role I’ve had since graduation.
Do you have any other words of wisdom for students and new grads of Chapman University?
For students, enjoy every single moment! Everyone tells you that, but I mean it — time flies by and I miss my Chapman experience almost daily. For new grads, stay connected to Chapman, to your friends and professors there, and visit once in a while. I’ve gotten the chance to go back and show new friends in my life what my time at Chapman was like. That filled me with pride for the school I went to.