“It worried my parents a bit, for sure,” he said, “but I needed to exercise my creativity.”
Guided by his desire to be a filmmaker, Hardman sought out the best movies he could find, from films by modern directors such as Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarrantino to classics directed by Stanley Kubrick and Alfred Hitchcock. He later enrolled in Quinnipiac’s Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) program in Film, Television and Media Arts in 2016, double-majoring in English.
Hardman’s work has already paid off — in the form of a job offer before he even earned his bachelor’s degree thanks to the skills he acquired and networking he did as part of his experience in the Quinnipiac University in Los Angeles program. However, after much thought, he ultimately decided to decline the offer and earn his master’s degree in journalism at Quinnipiac before returning to the West Coast.
“To me, the Accelerated Dual-Degree program is about timing,” Hardman said.