“I decided to come back home to be close to family,” he said. “My major and everything else came after that.”
There’s a perceived stigma around staying in your hometown to attend college, but there’s plenty of people who do just that, Tesch said.
“I’ve also got a ton of friends that did stay in town,” he said. “Personally I love St. Cloud State, I always have.”
The Apollo High School graduate grew up in St. Cloud and attended basketball camps and high school field trips at the university, so the transfer was an easy process, he said.
“I was really familiar with St. Cloud State already, so I felt really comfortable coming in here,” he said. “… I was so used to St. Cloud State that when I came over it almost didn’t feel like a transfer. I just kind of jumped right into it and I was here.”
Tesch came to St. Cloud State as an undecided major and found a love for TV production when a friend invited him to the University Television Station (UTVS) general meeting. Now a senior majoring in mass communications with a TV production emphasis, Tesch is involved in many aspects of production for UTVS, a student-run studio provides sports and news programming to more than 33,000 households in the St. Cloud area via Charter Channel 180.
“I really think that St. Cloud State is so special with our mass communications and television production and radio,” he said. “… I think that it’s unlike any other program in the country.”
Tesch works on the newscast, is replay operator for Husky Productions on game days and helps out on a TV-radio hybrid show Huskies Sidelines that features a UTVS narrator and KVSC sports reporter panelists.
“I like to run camera a lot,” he said.
— Trevor Tesch, mass communications major
When he’s not running the cameras for UTVS, Tesch likes to shoot for his demo reel and freelances shooting live music festivals during the summer months.
He’s gotten started in freelance video through his professors.
“Professors and other adjuncts are really good about reaching out to real professionals and giving us opportunities for getting into the real world before we graduate,” he said.
It’s the time in the classroom that has helped prepare him for work after graduation.
“They have gone through the same thing in the industry already, and they know what they’re doing — they know how to edit, they know how to shoot, they know how to light — and they’re teaching all of us those skills,” he said.