Maryland native, Michael McVearry, Jr. ’05 attributes his success as an entrepreneur, business owner and realtor to the experiences and opportunities he was offered as a mass communications student at Shenandoah University.
While at Shenandoah, McVearry was involved in WCT, a cable television program created by a partnership with the university, the City of Winchester and Winchester Public Schools. He was also a member of the football team.
“Having WCT readily available for students, like me, to start gaining hands-on work experience from day one was extremely valuable and helped me to stay ahead of the learning curve not only while at SU, but also after I graduated when looking for and securing work,” said McVearry. “Additionally, the experience and discipline I gained from the football coaching staff has helped me to work through tough experiences and to stay the course, even when I’m not 100 percent sure what will come next.”
He started his career as a freelance boom-op in the television and film industry, but after eight years, he decided to open a clothing/custom printing shop, which he still owns and operates, and he is a realtor in Maryland. From his work, he likes meeting new people and gaining new perspectives, as well helping them make the biggest purchase of their lives when they buy a home.
“Getting to know people, help people, hear different stories, and being able to appreciate life from new views is by far the best and most rewarding experience of all my work,” said McVearry.
He is grateful to his friends who helped him stay focused while he was at Shenandoah, saying that when he gives back to the university it is his way of thanking the staff members and friends that helped him on his journey. He explains that he understands “how hard college can be mentally, physically and financially at times.” His hope is that “by giving back I can help keep the experience fun and fruitful while helping to ease some of those burdens,” and encourage other alumni to get involved with their alma mater.