Ahead of the Pack

Hunter Ryan
Business + digital communication major

How do you stand out in a sea of business students? Business major Hunter Ryan is diversifying his experiences near and far — from filming documentaries to interning in Thailand to studying in Italy.

Real from the start

As a freshman, Hunter put his film chops to work immediately. His Art of Being Human course challenged him to examine a social problem, and he responded by embedding himself at the scene.

Teaming up with Beacon Light Mission — a local ministry that provides food, clothing and temporary shelter to the homeless — he created a documentary about homelessness in San Pedro.

“I wanted to recognize homeless people as actual people — instead of just objects to be thrown away,” he says. “I interviewed them, tried to get insight about how they became homeless and shared their stories.”

After backing his idea, his professor helped him find the right community partner for the project. And the experience changed his perspective on life.

“MCU really helps you understand life outside your bubble,” Hunter said. “Here you get the best of both worlds. You get a small school and then you get these teachers who have real-life experiences who can connect you with these amazing opportunities.”

Global look at business

As part of his four-year business degree, Hunter is finishing credits for his associate degree in digital communication while he studies film at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

“Added to my business major, my associate degree will be a really good opportunity to show that I’m different and still have that creative side,” Hunter says.

His summer internship also melds his interests in business and film. He’s developing marketing tools to promote Pranaforce Yoga — a yoga studio that travels around the world to teach people how to become instructors. He’ll travel with the studio to Thailand to film yogis in training and turn the footage into a promotional video.

MCU really helps you understand life outside your bubble. Here you get the best of both worlds. You get a small school and then you get these teachers who have real-life experiences who can connect you with these amazing opportunities.

Stepping up to lead

Back on campus, he’s the key negotiator between students, faculty and staff. He started out as a student senator, but now he’s the Student Government Association president.

He’s helped launch clubs like The Anchor, a student-run news broadcast on YouTube. He also brings the surrounding community onto campus for events like Harvest Day, a festival that welcomes kids of San Pedro for face-painting fun, pumpkin carving and carnival games.

“Marymount made me more confident in who I am,” Hunter says. “I’m able to speak out and have the courage to change something.”