Student Ambassadors

Christy Cole

Christy Cole
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Eunice, New Mexico
  • Bio: My name is Christy Cole, and I am a public relations major from Eunice, New Mexico, which is a tiny town in the southeast corner of the state. In addition to being a student ambassador, I am Vice President of Member Services for Tech PR, a member of President’s Select, a game day intern for Texas Tech Athletics, and a student assistant in the Programs for Academic Development and Retention office. Whew! With all of that being said, my biggest advice for incoming freshman and transfer students would be to get involved on campus and in the College of Media & Communication. My time here at Texas Tech has truly been the best time of my life.

    My ultimate goal is to work in sports marketing and communications. Texas Tech has been a great place for me to dive head first into working in sports. I started out as a member of the Texas Tech Athletics Street Team and am now a game day intern, primarily for baseball. My involvement here at Texas Tech also helped me land two internships in minor league baseball.

    I am proud to say I am a Red Raider and could not imagine going to any other school. Everyone here wants to see you succeed and will do everything they can to help you do so. From the beautiful campus to the long standing traditions, I promise you will love Texas Tech!

Preston Derrick

Julien Demers
  • Major: Journalism
  • Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
  • Bio: You're probably asking yourself, "Why would an 18-year-old college freshman decide to stay home and go to school?" Being a fourth generation Red Raider makes it a little easier when deciding where to go. Hello! My name is Preston Derrick. I'm a junior journalism student with a passion for college football and all things Texas Tech. Upon graduation in May of 2016, I hope to launch a career in the sports broadcasting/sports radio field.

    Find a passion, get involved and go to class.

Grace Diana

Grace Diana
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: San Antionio, Texas
  • Bio: Hi! My name is Grace Diana, and I am a junior public relations major from San Antonio, Texas.

    Texas Tech has challenged me in more ways than one, and I am so proud to be a part of the College of Media & Communication. No matter what area of media and communication you are interested in, the college fosters your strengths and prepares you for whatever your future endeavors may be.

    In addition to serving as a student ambassador for the CoMC, I am the current Communications Director for the Student Government Association, as well as a social media intern for the Office of Communications & Marketing.

    My advice to all current and future students is to challenge yourself. You never know what opportunities are behind the closed doors that you are afraid to open.

Dylan M. George

Dylan M. George
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Scotch Plains, New Jersey
  • Bio: Hello! My name is Dylan M. George, and I am in my senior year at Texas Tech University, while majoring in Public Relations in the College of Media & Communication. I am also currently working for Texas Tech University Student Housing as a student assistant. As a student from Scotch Plains, New Jersey, I feel as though my involvement with Texas Tech has grown dramatically. I have had several opportunities to expand my horizons. Being a member of Tech PR has opened my eyes to the different channels of internships and entry level positions that I was unaware of when I originally signed up to be a public relations major. But I think the biggest experience that I treasure the most is being a part of the first year of the CoMC Student Ambassadors. And if I could give one piece of advice to any student in our college, it is to simply step out of your comfort zone and get involved. Not just within the college, but also within the university.

Hoz Fierro

Hoz Fierro
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Amarillo, Texas
  • Bio: Texas Tech has become something more to me than I ever thought possible. Being a transfer student, I really put importance on what university I would attend after I was done with community college. I applied to several universities, and at the time, I had no idea what I wanted to major in. I knew I wanted to have a major that would give me the flexibility to do several different things and be able to work virtually anywhere. After choosing to attend Texas Tech, I then looked into the College of Media & Communication. What I found here in this college is that any major offered here really gives me an opportunity to gain skills that are needed everywhere. After realizing this, it lead me to choose Public Relations as my major, and I’m so glad I did! The more I take these courses, the more I love it and know that it will help me get the skills I need to qualify for a job I will enjoy.

    I know being a new student can be a little overwhelming. I’ve been there, and what I’ve realized is that it’s best to take advantage of whatever opportunity is available. Being in this college, I’ve learned there is so much help and so many ways to get involved and build a resume. I especially enjoy how much the people who work in this college care about the students. Everyone here wants to help students succeed, and having these type of connections is something that every student should take advantage of.

Joshua Hutchinson

Joshua Hutchinson
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Bio: I am a junior public relations major from the Houston area. In addition to attending classes and being a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication, I am also a Community Advisor with University Student Housing, and a counselor for Red Raider Orientation. There is no place that I would rather be than Texas Tech University, especially with all of the cool things that are happening here right now.

    When I came to Texas Tech my freshman year, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I drifted between different things. Eventually I found the major that made me excited to go to classes. My advice to incoming students is to take your time and make up your own mind. Lots of people will have a lot of differing opinions about what you should major in, but at the end of the day, the only opinion that matters is yours. Find something that you are passionate about, and not what someone tells you to be passionate about.

Casey Kopp

Casey Kopp
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Southlake, Texas
  • Bio: This is my third year at Texas Tech and I have loved every minute of it! Tech has given me numerous opportunities to get involved as well as grow as a student, leader and person. I am very involved in my sorority, the College of Media & Communication Student Ambassadors, and Tech PR. I also work in the Student Telecounseling department in the Undergraduate Admissions Office and work as a campus tour guide! I am a very spirited person, so I am always looking to be involved with Texas Tech! Wreck 'em!

    If you are an incoming student, I would highly recommend trying new things and stepping out of your comfort zone! There's no time to hold back in college. This is your time to grow and experience new things. Get involved in anything you can and don't be shy!

Nicole Lundberg

Nicole Lundberg
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Bio: My name is Nicole Lundberg, and I am a sophomore from Albuquerque, N.M. I am majoring in Public Relations and Honors Arts & Letters, an interdisciplinary, humanities-based program that includes completion of a thesis.

    In addition to serving as a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication, I am an Honors College ambassador and a mentor for the Honors First Year Experience Program. I am also on the student leadership team at First Baptist Church, am involved in Tech PR and a Christian sorority, and work for the National Wind Institute.

    My advice to incoming college freshman is to actively seize opportunities. Texas Tech and the College of Media & Communication offer numerous opportunities for involvement, learning, practical experience and networking. If you take advantage of these opportunities right away, you will be successful in college and beyond.

Amanda Rodriguez

Amanda Rodriguez
  • Major: Advertising
  • Hometown: Lubbock, Texas
  • Bio: My name is Amanda Rodriguez, and I am a senior advertising major from Lubbock, Texas.

    Coming from a retail background, I have always sought a competitive and evolving lifestyle. So the world of advertising is the perfect fit for me. I am able to expand on my current skills and apply them to a whole new approach in a prospering and creative field. As an account executive with The Daily Toreador, I am privileged to be able to get real experience in the energetic area of advertising sales.

    After graduation, I hope to find a career that enables me to stay involved in both advertising and retail industries.

Lou Salazar

Lou Salazar
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
  • Bio: I’m a junior public relations major from Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to taking classes, I am on the Dean’s Student Council, and I am a student ambassador for the college, as well. I am a Terry Scholar (a scholarship program run through Texas Tech’s Honors College), which is what initially brought me to Texas Tech. Within that organization, I am on the publicity/marketing committee, and I serve as a transfer mentor to new students. When I am not learning in the classroom, I am often working at the Techniques Center in West Hall where I tutor students in media and communications classes. I stay very busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have completed internships with AT&T at their corporate headquarters in Dallas and here locally at the Volunteer Center of Lubbock. In the future, I hope to pursue a master’s degree in business administration or human resource management, and I plan to live in a major city in Texas or someplace in the Northeastern US.

    Advice for prospective students: If you want to be successful in the communications or business world, you have to intern while you are an undergraduate. Internships give you real-world experience, and they definitely open doors for future career opportunities and provide you with experience beyond the classroom that is essential to your personal development. I would also suggest getting involved in a couple of different organizations on campus to network with students and grow your skill set.

Eric Scharf

Amanda Rodriguez
  • Major: Advertising
  • Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • Bio: My name is Eric Scharf and I am an advertising major from Austin, Texas. I chose Texas Tech because I wanted to live in an environment different from Austin. I had no idea about all the opportunities that I would get to take advantage of when I decided to go here.

    I currently hold leadership positions in multiple organizations at Texas Tech. I am in the Student Government Association as a senator for our college. I am on the Dean’s Student Council, where I am one of the advertising representatives. I am also the Vice President of Tech Advertising Federation.

    Outside of the college, I am actively involved in the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (PIKE). I currently am the Alumni Relations Chairman. Through all of my campus involvement I have gained many social and leadership skills.

    My advice for prospective students is to get involved and take advantage of the opportunities you are given. I am thankful the College of Media & Communication has provided me with many networking opportunities, along with leadership experiences that I will use after I graduate. When I graduate, I would like to be a copywriter or account executive.

Christiani Saucedo

Christiani Saucedo
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
  • Bio: Hello! My name is Christiani Saucedo, and I am a senior public relations major from San Antonio, Texas. Along with being a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication, I am also a member of Tech PR and the Association for Women in Communications. These wonderful organizations allow members to gain knowledge in the field they are interested in and make great connections with Tech alumni. I truly love my school and all the wonderful opportunities the college provides for us to get involved. After college, I hope to move back to San Antonio and find a job that allows me to work in the fields of marketing and public relations.

    My advice for future students is to get involved as soon as you can! Find an internship that works with your major or simply join clubs around campus that you see you're interested in. Take every opportunity you see out there and make the most of it! Each connection you make allows you to take that one step closer to your future career. Be sure to maintain great relationships with all your professors; you never know when you might need a letter of recommendation. Also, prepare for the cold weather in Lubbock early. It caught me by surprise that I was already wearing a jacket in late September.

Alex Stedman

Alex Stedman
  • Major: Advertising
  • Hometown: Austin, Texas
  • Bio: My name is Alex Stedman, and I am an advertising major from Austin, Texas. I absolutely love being a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication because I am so passionate about my school and my field of study.

    I initially fell in love with Tech’s beautiful campus and then with the friendly and enthusiastic people. This includes the remarkable staff, student body, and even alumni. The positive, encouraging and goal-oriented atmosphere makes achieving success possible.

    My advice for incoming, or even current students, is “Don’t be afraid!” Don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to professors on the first day of class. Don’t be afraid to speak out in class. And don’t be afraid to go to a professor’s office hours. It will only serve you well! You never know how far it will go and networking/connections can make all the difference, so don’t be afraid to put your foot in the door. Make opportunities; not excuses!

    I am currently very involved with many Texas Tech organizations. I am a member of the Texas Tech Activities Board (more commonly referred to as TAB), working with the film committee. We are responsible for the selection, promotion and screening of all TAB-affiliated films and events.

    Recently, I was appointed the director of public relations and awareness officer position for Golden Key Honour Society! I am also a general member of ALD/PES, which is an honor society committed to intelligent living, leadership, and service/social activities. In addition, I am a participant in Tech PR as well as Tech Advertising Federation (TAF), both of which act as interactive groups conducive of fostering students’ prospective careers. Finally, I am a member of The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and I am on the President’s list.

    Overall, I can’t stress enough the importance of being active. And I love contributing to the Texas Tech community! I am consistently furthering my presence here because I learn and thrive by being involved, keeping busy, and giving back to the school that has done so much for me in return!

Hope Wetter

Hope Wetter
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Bio: What I love most about Texas Tech is the atmosphere. It has such a community-oriented feel to it, like everyone is part of this big, supportive, Red Raider family. A piece of advice I would give to a prospective student is to take advantage of every moment you have at Texas Tech because it goes by so fast. Pay attention to the advice you receive during orientation, as well as stay in touch with the new friends you meet before school starts! Skipping class is not worth it. And all the students here at Texas Tech are incredibly lucky to be receiving a top-notch education at one of the best schools in Texas, not to mention the whole country.

    An organization I’m involved with here at Texas Tech is Tech PR, an awesome organization that provides its members with tons of great opportunities to better themselves in the field of public relations, opportunities for community service, and making connections with outstanding Tech alumni.