Texas Tech University

Dean's Student Ambassadors

Anna Claire Beasley

Anna Claire Beasley

Sophomore Electronic Media & Communications Major
Castroville, Texas

The College of Media & Communications has quickly become a home away from home, and I couldn’t be happier to be a part of it.

During my freshman year, I worked as a photojournalist for the school paper, the Daily Toreador. Working at the Toreador gave me hands-on experience I didn’t think was possible for a freshman. In my first semester alone, I had field access to football games, as well as an assignment to cover Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign stop in Lubbock.

In addition to working as student ambassador for CoMC, I am also a Terry Scholar and now work at the Texas Tech Outdoor Pursuits Center where I get to take students on outdoor adventures. This summer, I started a student organization to combat human trafficking called Students Ending Slavery.

College is a time for growth, development and learning, and the best way to do that is get involved!

First, don't be afraid to fail. Push yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new like joining an organization, rock climbing at the Rec Center, or participating on an intramurals team.

Secondly, manage your time well. Allot appropriate time for school, for self, and for others. Remember that this is a time for independence and growth, as well as learning.

Lastly, build relationships. Invest in people, and give them reasons to want to invest in you. Your peers will someday be your colleagues, and we each have something to offer to one another. Networking is not just about what you can get, it's also about what you can give!

When looking at options for university-level education, there were a few things I wanted: I wanted to be challenged; I wanted world-renown professors and access to study abroad programs. As a media student looking for a school with these criteria, I thought that surely I needed to be located in New York in order to have connections to big media outlets—then I visited Texas Tech.

On my campus tour, I spoke with the dean of CoMC, and he said something that really resonated with me. Both of his parents were professors at the University of Pennsylvania, and so he knows full well the pros and cons of an Ivy League education. With this in mind, he told me that if I wanted to learn the theory of taking a photo, places like NYU and Harvard were great, but if I wanted to have hands-on experience, Texas Tech was the place to be.

Katherine Bibby

Katherine Bibby

Senior Communication Studies Major
Plano, Texas

I am so excited to begin my senior year at the greatest university in all of Texas! Texas Tech has opened doors for me since day one through academic advancement, service and leadership opportunities, and because of its ever present mindset of striving for honor in all that we do.

I love being a communication studies major because of the passionate students, professors, and staff who have continued to show their support for me and other students during my time here. The College of Media & Communication is one of a kind because of the genuine attitude of encouraging students to reach for greater success.

I came into college uneasy and apprehensive about which major was best for me; however, after one short meeting with the communication studies adviser, Judy Poffenbarger, I was sure about my decision. The courses offered are greatly intriguing and the professors are always willing to go above and beyond for their students. I never looked back after becoming a student in CoMC, and I am confident any Texas Tech student looking for an enriching and uplifting academic environment can find that here!

I am so excited for incoming students because the best is yet to come! My best advice to incoming students is to get involved here at Texas Tech. There are so many great organizations and activities in CoMC and elsewhere on campus that are great ways of making friends and meeting professors and staff! Professors, advisers, and students are always encouraging students to join organizations that further advance students in their majors while representing the college in a prestigious way.

For me personally, I found my home with the Dean’s Student Ambassadors, and I could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to represent CoMC to all students: present and prospective! Everyone has a place here at Texas Tech, so don’t be afraid of making it and the CoMC your home away from home. Be confident, be excited, and be ready to be a part of something bigger than ever before!

Casey Buscher

Casey Buscher

Junior Electronic Media & Communications Major
Grapevine, Texas

I'm an aspiring sports broadcaster with a big passion for sports.

I decided to study in the College of Media & Communication because people in this college dream big, just like me. Nothing is too wild, no dream is too big, no passion is too strong in this college. I love that the students here are passionate about what they do and are so motivated.

Advice I would give to an incoming student is to get involved in the college and on campus as soon as possible. Apply for organizations that are going to make you better, help you learn and inspire you. Get involved on campus to be around people with the same passions as you, that love Texas Tech and that inspire you in these four years. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best version of you and accept failure in your life because it makes you stronger and helps you learn.

Ezra Chairez

Ezra Chairez

Junior Public Relations Major
Dumas, Texas

When I'm not hustling between classes I'm either writing for The Hub, giving tours for President's Select, or serving as president of TechPR. I'm also an active member of Beta Upsilon Chi, a combat medic in the Texas Army National Guard, and a proud supporter of anything fitness related.

My time here at Texas Tech has been nothing but amazing. I have completely fallen in love with my major, professors, and fellow peers in the College of Media & Communication. In high school I specifically remember looking out of the window in my English class and being lost and confused about what to do next in my life. I sat down and made a list of what I loved: technology, storytelling, and communicating with others. After some research I realized that public relations was everything I knew, loved, and wanted to learn about.

Being a first generation college student, it was difficult to embark on my college journey simply because of the lack of knowledge and finances. I enlisted in the Texas Army National Guard to help alleviate the costs of coming to college, and, four years, later here I am. I've never been more excited, proud and eager to begin my career in public relations and set the new standard for my family moving forward.

If you’re a freshman reading this and you don't know what to do, trust me, I've been there, and it’s ok! Dive into something that interests you, don't be afraid to fail, and work hard. Find your passion and let it be the light that guides you into the dark mystery of your future career.

I owe so much to CoMC and Texas Tech in general. This place and these people have made me who I am today. Guns Up!

Bailey Dowler

Bailey Dowler

Junior Public Relations Major
Los Angeles, Calif.

I hope to one day work on the promotions and fan engagement side of sports public relations, specifically for an NFL team. There is nothing I love more than talking to students about the College of Media & Communication and showing them all the different paths they can take with their future careers. The best thing about Texas Tech is that the faculty and staff truly care about your success and will provide you with amazing opportunities to reach your goals. I have pretty extensive knowledge on Texas Tech and CoMC so feel free to stop me on campus and ask any questions you might have! Wreck ‘Em!

Corina Garcia

Corina Garcia

Senior Electronic Media & Communication Major
Katy, Texas

I chose to study in the College of Media & Communication after finding a passion for production as well as because of the opportunities the college offers for its students.

My advice for prospective and incoming students is to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way so you can gain experience which will make you a better student and professional in your field of study.

Alix Haley

Alix Haley

Senior Media Strategies Major
Rio Rancho, N.M.

I started studying in the College of Media & Communication the second semester of my freshman year after changing my route from biology. I’ll be graduating in December, and I hope to work in the television production industry either on a reality TV show or live production. Aside from studying at Texas Tech, I’ve been connected into a great community through Redeemer Church, I ran my first half marathon during my sophomore year with a couple close friends who I met through Tri Delta, and landed a sweet internship in Denver, Colo., with High Noon Entertainment last summer.

Initially I was pursuing a degree in biology with the hopes of one day becoming an optometrist, but thankfully it only took me a semester to realize that was not at all a real passion of mine. After spending some time to reflect on what I liked, I found myself at CoMC. I quickly got plugged in to the Double T Insider where I was able to get hands-on experience in front of the camera, editing and writing. While much of my focus during my time here has been on athletics, I’ve more recently found myself wanting to break into the entertainment industry. The past three years in the college have opened my eyes to so many different career opportunities, and it’s especially neat to see where information overlaps within advertising, journalism and public relations.

My main advice to incoming students is to be all in and commit. Commit to showing up to class, getting your work done on time, meeting the people who sit next to you, finding out your professors’ interests. There is room to grow as a student and as an individual, and I’ve learned that taking the time to do those things instead of merely going through the motion of only going to class makes all the difference in your experience.

Samantha Herrera

Samantha Herrera

Sophomore Advertising Major
Eagle Pass, Texas

Texas Tech has become my home because I fell in love with the campus and the friendly atmosphere. There are so many opportunities to be involved in our college and campus which makes attending Texas Tech fun and exciting!

The people who devote most of their time at Texas Tech also contributed to my love of this college because here, I am not just a number. Here, I am an individual who is given an opportunity to reach my goals and my dreams and the Texas Tech staff, faculty and students are willing to help you achieve those dreams every step of the way.

Aside from Dean’s Student Ambassadors, I am a member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund chapter here, volunteer at the Texas Tech Therapeutic Riding Center, and absolutely love to participate in and help the Media & Communication Learning Community’s programs. Living in the learning community my first year was so invigorating because not only was I able to have hands-on experience, but I was also able to make lifelong friends who take interest in my major as well as study the same material.

My advice for future and incoming students is to love the college you’re studying in, get involved, make tons of friends, live every day as if it’s your last, and never lose sight of your dreams. I was lucky enough to feel safe and confident by being a part of the Red Raider Community. Texas Tech and the College of Media & Communication will surely make you feel at home!

Stephanie Jarvie

Stephanie Jarvie

Senior Electronic Media & Communications Major
San Antonio, Texas

I’m so thankful for my time here at Texas Tech. As a student in the College of Media & Communication, I have had many wonderful opportunities including a rewarding public relations internship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and first-hand experience in production on the Double T Insider television program.

My advice for incoming students is to take advantage of everything the CoMC has to offer. There is something for everyone from the many student organizations to the abundance of academic and career resources available. Also, be sure and take the time to get to know your professors because they really are here to help you succeed. Last but not least, if you ever take a class with Professor Bill Dean, make sure to answer the study questions before EVERY class!

Jermi Jenkins

Jermi Jenkins

Senior Advertising Major
Keller, Texas

Texas Tech is overflowing with opportunity, but like a lot of students, when I first arrived I had no idea what I wanted to major in. After a little personal research and talking with my counselors, I discovered advertising within the College of Media & Communication. Little did I know, this was the best decision of my college career.

Around campus some say I am known as a "doer," and I strive to maintain that reputation. Other than being a proud member of the CoMC Dean's Student Ambassador program, I also serve as the social events coordinator for the Tech Advertising Federation. On top of my involvement within the college, I work as an advertising account executive for Texas Tech’s school newspaper, The Daily Toreador. CoMC has opened the door to more opportunities than I could have ever imagined.

If you are an incoming student, the best advice I can give you is to get involved outside of the classroom. Find somewhere, within your major, that will help you grow as an individual while also building new friendships along the way. College is more than just an education. It is about building relationships, networking and gaining personal experience to apply to your future career. CoMC offers everything one requires for success after graduation. It’s up to you to take advantage of the possibilities.

Hunter Johnston

Hunter Johnston

Sophomore Public Relations Major
Parker, Colo.

Deciding to come to Texas Tech University was the best decision that I have ever made. It has given me countless opportunities and allowed me to not only learn about my major, but also has helped me to grow as a person. I am extremely involved in Greek life on campus, RaiderComm, the college’s student-run public relations firm, and currently work as a student tele-counselor for the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Kristine Jones

Kristine Jones

Junior Advertising Major
Rockwall, Texas

I continue to cherish every moment spent at this amazing university! I never thought I would be presented with so many opportunities to succeed and grow into the best version of myself until I entered the great city of Lubbock, Texas! I am passionate about not only my school, but also my field of study. I currently intern for The Price Group here in Lubbock where I have gained an unimaginable amount of experience within a career I strive to embark upon. Along with being involved in Dean’s Student Ambassadors, I am highly involved in my sorority, Tri Delta, where I hold an officer position of Continuing Education Chairman, and I am also a member of Tech Advertising Federation.

I decided to study in the College of Media & Communication because I knew it would provide for me the perfect balance of creativity with a business-like atmosphere. All of the professors are more than willing to go above and beyond to help you feel supported and pushed to succeed!

Some advice I would give to incoming students would be getting involved in things that might not make you feel the most comfortable. Push yourself past your boundaries and really get involved in whatever your interests are to help ensure that this is where you want to be and what you want to do with the rest of your life. You are only in college for so long, so make the absolute best of it because it is over before you know it.

Lauren Kriss

Lauren Kriss

Sophomore Public Relations Major
Cedar Park, Texas

This is my first year as a Dean’s Student Ambassador. I also contribute to the research of Assistant Professor Andy King, Ph.D. Lastly, I am an initiated member of the Chi Omega fraternity and a student mentor for the Honors College.

Vanessa Ledesma

Vanessa Ledesma

Senior Journalism and Public Relations Major
Dumas, Texas

I’m the president of the Society of Professional Journalists, vice president of recruitment for Dean’s Student Ambassadors, and a member of TechPR, the Association for Women in Communications, and Delta Gamma Fraternity. I currently work as a student assistant in the College of Media & Communication’s Center for Student Success, Outreach & Engagement, where I have the opportunity to assist with for-credit internships and research jobs for our students. I love all things Disney, and I usually have a Dr. Pepper in my hand.

I am a part of the College of Media & Communication because of the community it has formed around me. Coming from a small town, I was looking for a place to call home and people who would truly care about my success. CoMC has given me the opportunity to grow as a storyteller and find a unique degree plan that will provide me with the future I want.

If I had one piece of advice to give to an incoming student, it would be to jump right in to college life and get involved as soon as possible. Texas Tech has so many opportunities to take advantage of and tons of different organizations to join. You can grow as a person through these opportunities, but the key is getting involved early.

Nicole Lundberg

Nicole Lundberg

Senior Public Relations and Honors Arts & Letters Major
Albuquerque, N.M.

I am passionate about public relations and am thankful for the opportunities I have had to learn about the discipline. Last year, I received second place with honorable mention at the national PRWeek Awards – a recognition that was the result of the excellent opportunities I have had at Texas Tech.

In addition to serving as president of the Dean’s Student Ambassadors for the College of Media & Communication, I am the lead Honors College ambassador, the student assistant for Research & Academic Communications at Texas Tech, and an intern at Sandia National Laboratories. I am also involved in Mortar Board, Tech PR, First Baptist Church and a Christian sorority.

My advice to incoming freshmen is to actively seize opportunities. Texas Tech and the CoMC offer numerous opportunities for involvement, learning, practical experience, and networking. Also, get to know your professors. They will be some of your best advisers and advocates.

When I started college, I planned on minoring in public relations. However, I quickly recognized that I wanted a career in the field and changed my minor to a major. While CoMC has provided many fantastic professional development opportunities, I have been particularly impressed with the amount of interest the faculty members take in their students. Last fall, one of my professors encouraged me to submit an entry into a major national competition. She not only helped me conduct research for the project but also had tremendous confidence in my application, which helped me. When I made it to finals, almost every faculty member in the public relations department reached out to me to offer help. My story is not unusual. The CoMC professors are truly invested in helping students succeed professionally and personally.

Katie Main

Katie Main

Sophomore Journalism Major
Cypress, Texas

During my time at Texas Tech I have had the opportunity to join Raider Sisters for Christ, volunteer for a congressional campaign, and be involved with the production of Raider Report, a student-run sports entertainment talk show. I currently serve as a marketing and communications intern for the College of Human Sciences.

I decided to pursue a degree in the College of Media & Communication because the faculty and staff are dedicated to helping me succeed. From the first time I visited the college, I could see that the professors are passionate about what they are teaching and the advisers are truly invested in my success and wellbeing. Being a student in CoMC has given me the knowledge and tools I need to succeed in my profession of choice.

If you are an incoming student, my advice to you would be to discover what you are passionate about and pursue it wholeheartedly. Texas Tech University and CoMC are home to a plethora of student organizations and publications that give you the opportunities and experiences you need to be successful. If an opportunity presents itself, do not say no!

Ariana Martell

Ariana Martell

Senior Public Relations Major
El Paso, Texas

I came to Texas Tech with the hopes of becoming an opera singer, but I somehow found the College of Media & Communication calling my name.

Once I changed my major to public relations, I immediately felt at home. I have found some really great groups to become a part of such as President’s Select, CoMC Dean’s Student Ambassadors, and TechPR. I love being part of a school that takes so much pride in everything they do from academics to athletics. CoMC has helped me become the best student I could possibly be by preparing me for a future in public relations.

In addition to being an ambassador for Texas Tech, I am a student intern in the Office of the President and am also a member of Raider Sisters for Christ.

My advice to an incoming freshman is to get involved in anything and everything. College is a great time to meet new people from different places, and by getting involved in one of our 500 student organizations, you will meet some of your best friends and mentors. I have been given so many opportunities through the various organizations I have become involved with. Be courageous! Your future self will thank you.

Yvette Munoz

Yvette Munoz

Junior Media Strategies Major
Forney, Texas

I’ve always been drawn to the communications field but never knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. After touring the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech and seeing all of the amazing opportunities to get involved and help choose my path, I knew this is where I needed to be.

My advice to an incoming student would be to make it a point to meet and get to know your professors. Our college has amazing professors with great experiences and insight.

Marcos Palacios

Marcos Palacios

Senior Advertising Major
Lubbock, Texas

I’m a Lubbock native, but an explorer at my core. I’m involved in all things advertising here in the College of Media & Communication, including Tech Advertising Federation, the National Student Advertising Competition, and more. Outside of the college, I love plugging myself into the industry. This past summer, I was a Multicultural Advertising Intern Program 2016 Fellow and interned with the global advertising agency DigitasLBi in Chicago, Ill.

I decided to study in CoMC because of my initial interest in the field. CoMC helped me discover the dynamic, intriguing advertising industry and further understand my role inside it. Each semester here in the college provides me with more tools and opportunities for success.

For any incoming student, I’d recommend trying anything and everything at least once. Pursue a passion or interest, and see where it takes you. Texas Tech and CoMC are here to help you build your future.

Simon Parmley

Simon Parmley

Sophomore Electronic Media & Communications Major
Seattle, Wash.

The path that brought me to Texas Tech has been a long one. Raised in Seattle, Wash., I joined the U.S. Marines when I was 18. I joined for a number of reasons; a healthy—if unclear—sense of patriotism, a desire to travel, a lack of direction, and a need for life experience. To be honest, I was looking for an adventure.

During my seven years as a Marine I got my adventure, but not the one I expected. At various times I was a helicopter mechanic, a marksmanship instructor, and a diplomatic guard. I also raced Japanese police on a Vespa, met the President of the United States, and stood on the banks of the river Nile. I was briefly a bartender for the Queen of England's bodyguards, and once marched at the head of a parade through a small Czech village in full military dress uniform. I was also tear gassed in a riot, pepper sprayed by my bosses, yelled at, sleep deprived, stressed for extended periods, bored for longer periods, and eventually promoted to sergeant. It was an amazing adventure, but after seven years I chose to leave the Marines to see what else life had in store for me. I took with me some amazing stories and the DSLR camera I had carried around the world.

Photography has always been a hobby, but it was only after I began looking how best to use my veteran’s education benefits that I considered making it my profession. I chose Texas Tech for its unerring support of Veteran students and well regarded electronic media & communication program.

Now in my second year at Texas Tech, I know I made the right choice. Both the education I am receiving and the community I am a part of, leave me excited for this new adventure every day.

John Patterson

John Patterson

Junior Communication Studies Major
Round Rock, Texas

I am a diehard Red Raider fanatic!

I chose to attend Texas Tech because of the college atmosphere that exists here in Lubbock. I love being from the Austin area, but there is no place in the world like Lubbock, Texas. The students and people you meet here are simply one-of-a-kind. I chose CoMC because it exemplified what Lubbock and Texas Tech is all about. From the moment you step foot into CoMC you immediately feel at home.

If I were to give advice to incoming freshmen, I would tell them to get involved and plug in to all that Texas Tech truly has to offer. I’ve met great individuals in college who I know I will be friends with for a lifetime. I’ve made memories that will last forever. Most importantly, I’ve been instilled with knowledge that will greatly impact my future endeavors. College is where you learn who you really are, so don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and make the most out of this extraordinary opportunity.

Wreck’em!

Andrew Sellier

Andrew Sellier

Junior Advertising Major
Houston, Texas

The College of Media & Communication has afforded me many opportunities to get involved since I’ve been here. In addition to being a Dean’s Student Ambassador for the college, I am currently the promotions officer of Tech Ad Fed. This will also be my third year on the student advertising team, Bullet Advertising. Outside of the college I have an internship at The Price Group, a local advertising agency.

I initially chose to study in CoMC because of the field I was interested in. Once I got here I quickly realized how dedicated the college is to the students. Every aspect of the college is focused on student success. The college provides opportunities and connections that allow students to thrive.

My advice for incoming students would be to explore our college. Take classes and join organizations adjunct to your major. If you consistently explore new avenues of involvement and connect with other students, you will ultimately find your niche. Our college allows you to tailor your degree with classes in every discipline. Take advantage of that.

Margaret Vonderhaar

Margaret Vonderhaar

Senior Advertising Major
Houston, Texas

I have always loved advertising, and it has been my dream to pursue it as a career. I have had many excellent opportunities with this major such as being an intern for Fox 44 in Waco, Texas. By doing this internship, I was able to get behind the scenes and figure out what exactly I was interested in for the future. I currently have a Spanish minor, and I love traveling to different countries in my spare time. I'm not sure exactly where I want to live when I graduate, but I know it will be somewhere that I am passionate about.

I chose to study in the College of Media & Communication because it had the best mix of what I wanted with my college education. I was looking for something that was artistic but also business oriented. I didn't want to do just business because I didn't find a huge interest in it by itself. I also didn't want to do just art because I didn't feel like I was extremely creative, but just enough to get by. So, I chose this college because it is both creative and business oriented, which was perfect for me. I also chose this college because I love everything about advertising.

To new students, I would say to not worry about finding the exact major you want right away. I know people who just declared their major during their sophomore or junior year here. If you aren't sure what you want to do, then take a mix of different classes and see what interests you. This will help you later on to see what each major is like within the college to make sure it's exactly what you want to do.

Korrin Welch

Korrin Welch

Sophomore Media Strategies Major
Allen, Texas

As a relatively new student, Texas Tech University has truly become such an influential part of my life and coming here is, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have ever made. I honestly never thought I would attend college, let alone a major university, so I am in awe every day I step foot on our beautiful campus. I chose to attend Texas Tech because I wanted to feel a sense of belonging, a family of sorts, and, believe me, I have experienced that feeling and more. As a media strategies major, I have an intense passion for writing, social media and studying ethnicity/race depictions within media.

I always tell people the College of Media & Communication chose me as a result of my outgoing personality and creative passions. Being a part of this college allows me to explore unimaginable possibilities and undoubtingly visualize myself working in media in the future!

Attending Texas Tech as a transfer student was without a doubt a terrifying experience! I had no clue what to expect, but I quickly realized I was not alone. The best advice I could give to either an incoming freshman or transfer student is don’t be afraid to ask for help. College should be spent exploring and trying new things, not stressing over your lack of knowledge or experience. You were accepted for a reason, so be your best you!

MiKenna Williams

MiKenna Williams

Senior Journalism Major
Dallas, Texas

Many would describe me as a very friendly and outspoken person who will literally talk to anyone. I personally would describe myself as a sassy little woman who’s obsessed with horoscopes, pistachios, blogging, and anything fashion related. As a student here at Texas Tech, I am involved in various organizations, some including Student Government Association, Gamma Beta Phi, Texas Tech’s Student Media Committee, and the Black Student Association. I enjoy being around positive individuals and simply making others around me smile.

I decided to study in the College of Media & Communication due to its extensive journalism program. I was the managing editor of my high school newspaper and also completed a 12-week internship with The Dallas Morning News and knew that I wanted to pursue my career as a journalist, particularly a political or entertainment journalist. For me, journalism represents not only the trutch and storytelling, but it gives me the opportunity to express myself and my passions through my writing abilities, which is something that I can proudly say Texas Tech University has helped me successfully achieve.

Advice I would give to an incoming CoMC students is to be optimistic, explore your options, and always remain true to yourself. Although I never changed my major from journalism, I did realize that I’ve always wanted to practice law all while incorporating my passion for writing, which shifted my interest from wanting to pursue entertainment journalism to now wanting to pursue a career in political journalism. This shift made me realize that I am still able to practice the art of journalism all while getting a law degree and being able to tie the two together to truly do something I am passionate about.

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