HELLO, I'M

Gavin Aquin.

Hispanic Studies Student. Writer and journalist.

Gavin Aquin

BA in Hispanic Studies.

Alexandria, VA

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About

MY BACKGROUND

With a passion for authentically telling a story, I have both the skill set and professional background necessary to dive deep into the creative journalistic marketplace. Coming up with California roots, I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and I hope to travel the globe throughout my life and career. I am currently seeking internships in the Las Vegas, NV area, the Los Angeles, CA area, the Montréal, QC area or in Tel Aviv, Israel.

 

Education

WHAT I’VE LEARNED

2018–2022

The College of William and Mary – Williamsburg, Virginia

Bachelor of Arts, Hispanic Studies; Class of 2022,

I officially completed requirements for a minor in Judaic Studies and have extensively studied Music (theory and ethnomusicology), History and Francophone Studies.

Research Interests: Jewish Diaspora, Zionism, Ancient Israelite history, literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible, Talmud and Midrash, Jewish sacred music, the Convivencia and Borderlands, Sephardic Jews in Ottoman Salonica, traditional Sephardic Music, Judaism and Homosexuality, Medieval and Modern Jewish Thought, Organised Jewish Crime in Los Angeles and Las Vegas during the 19th and 20th centuries, 20th Century Spain

  • Spring 2019: Research into Catalan/Chilean painter Roser Bru, for which I helped to prepare a possible exhibit in the Muscarelle.

 

Extracurricular Activities: The Flat Hat, Sinfonicron Light Opera Company, Tribe Sailing, ROCKET Magazine

Relevant Coursework:  History and Religion of Ancient Israel, Identidad y cultura vasca (Basque Identity and Culture), History of Jewish Thought, Censura/Censorship, Oral Communication, Cultural Landscapes of Spain, Tonal Theory, Music Cultures of the Middle East, Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Sexuality Women and Family in Judaism, Literary Criticism of the Torah, Jewish Political Traditions, the Politics of Food, Gender and Sexuality in Francophone Countries

Summer 2021

Universidad de Cádiz – Cádiz, Andalucía, España

Study Abroad: Hispanic Studies

Class of 2018

Nevada State High School – Henderson, Nevada

Dual credit experiences at the College of Southern Nevada and Great Basin College where I earned over 62 credits.

Experience

WHERE I’VE WORKED

Feb. 2020–Present

Tina Ramirez for Congress – Chesterfield, Virginia; Intern

  • Phone-banked to recruit delegates in Virginia's 7th Congressional District

  • Staffed in-person campaign events

  • Created digital campaign content in InDesign for consumption by potential delegates

Sep. 2018–Present

The Flat Hat – Williamsburg, Virginia (writer profile)

  • Magazine Editor in Chief; Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2021

    • Oversaw the entire Flat Hat Magazine and recruited and managed a staff of writers, editors and designers

  • Variety Editor (Newspaper); Jan. 2020 – Jan. 2021

    • Covered cultural events, concerts, art exhibits, clubs, and other miscellaneous things

  • Sports Editor (Newspaper); Jan. 2019 – Jan. 2020

    • Kept the campus updated on sporting events, focusing on soccer, swimming, golf and the nascent esports programme
  • Chief Design Editor and Webmaster (Magazine); August 2019 – Present

    • Oversaw design and production of the magazine

    • Managed a team of writers and curated outside content for publication

    • Created and maintained the magazine's website

  • Editorial BoardFebruary 2019 – Present

Aug. 2019–Present

William and Mary Information Technology – Williamsburg, Virginia; Student Support Technician

  • Assisted faculty/staff/students with their technology needs

  • Worked to help facilitate a network switchover as well as two-factor authentication usage in the student body

Jun. 2018–Aug. 2018

Vineyard Vines – Las Vegas, Nevada; Sales Associate

  • Sold merchandise, specialising principally in Spanish and French speaking consumers

Skills & Languages

WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE

Content Writing & Editing

Adobe Photoshop and InDesign

Data Analysis

Arranging/Executing Interviews

Customer Service

Project Management

Sales and Persuasion

Digital Communication

Computer Hardware/Software Maintenance

Adobe Premiere Pro

Investigative Journalism

IC3 Digital Literacy Certification

Research/Fact Checking/Accuracy

Columns/Editorials/Op-Ed Pieces

English

Spanish

French

German

Portuguese

Italian

Catalan

Modern Hebrew

Biblical Hebrew

 
 

© 2019 By Gavin Aquin.