Written for Mosaic by Kitty Williams & Michelle Karparis | Associate Editors
Remaining in the library after hosting a Mosaic Student Newspaper event, Lily Margaret Jones sits down for an interview and quickly offers up what she believes is important information: “I’m a Taurus.”
Jones identifies with typical Taurus traits of being decisive, emotional, materialistic, and loyal. Though when asked to describe herself in three words, she uses none of these, opting instead for “over the top.”
When asked to describe herself in three different words, the first thing Jones says is “hardworking.” Jones is an English Communications major at Salve Regina University with minors in Film Studies and Spanish. This year, she served as co-editor-in-chief of Mosaic Student Newspaper, president and executive producer of Salve Studios, and student organizer for the Spanish Film Festival. In addition to this, she recently completed an internship with CW Providence.
She also just gave her senior thesis presentation on Adaptation Theory in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann also directed Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, two of her favorite films.
With all of this and more on her plate, she feels burned out at the end of each semester. Jones attributes all of this to being an independent person. Not reaching out for help has made her constantly busy. “It’s been a really long time since I’ve walked on the cliff walk,” she says nostalgically. “Once I’m done with all of my work, I really just want to enjoy Newport.”
Despite all of this, she describes many of her experiences here at Salve as “invaluable.” Jones believes her greatest accomplishment has been co-writing two scripts for Salve Studios. She also cites her experience working with the Mosaic staff, whom she calls “like-minded,” and “talented.” Additionally, her relationships with fellow classmates and professors have been an important part of her college career.
At Salve, Jones describes herself as “loud,” but if asked three years ago, that would not have been the case. She transferred from the University of Connecticut her sophomore year and found that she was better suited for Salve’s environment. She recalls that back at UConn, “I could’ve disappeared and no one would have noticed.”
Something not many people know about Jones is that she has a sensitive side. She is very passionate about what she does, but that also comes with a lot of self-criticism. Despite this, she remembers always being a leader, even at home with her family.
“I’ve always been the controller of the household,” says Jones. As a child, she remembers being threatened when her younger sister, Anna, was born. She recalls thinking, “When is she going back?”
Jones spent a lot of time watching an inordinate amount of television when she was young. “Disney Channel had a very profound effect on me,” she says. It inspired her to write many creative stories in elementary school, and she can still remember every single theme song from her childhood. This love for television has stayed with Jones for her whole life, though now her favorites include the Real Housewives shows.
After graduating from Salve, she plans on moving back to her hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut and applying for jobs in both Stamford, Connecticut and New York City. She hopes to get a job in the video production field of communications. A goal of hers is to see her name on a movie or TV program’s opening credits as a producer.
Whenever confronted by people who don’t see the value of a communications degree, she reminds them that every business has a communications field. However, she notes that most people are starting to understand the importance of the field.
It doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks anyway; she is a decisive Taurus. “I’m freaking insane, but I wouldn’t want to be anybody else.”