Student Ambassadors

Julien Demers

Julien Demers
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Quebec City, Canada
  • Bio: Hi! My name is Julien Demers, and I hail from Quebec City, in Quebec, Canada. I am currently a junior public relations major here at Texas Tech with plans of graduating one year early and moving on to graduate school to study sports media. I have always been interested in the way people communicate with one another, especially in the realm of sports, and Texas Tech has given me the opportunity to pursue that passion. A career in the sports communications industry is a dream of mine, and the opportunities I have received at Texas Tech have been tremendous in helping make my dream come true. I would also love the opportunity to be a correspondent for television networks in Quebec, and being able to utilize the two languages I know. Having the opportunity to work in Europe or anywhere else in the world would be a valuable learning experience, as well. Overall, I have many career goals and welcome any opportunity that I can get.

    My greatest piece of advice to any incoming college student is to start networking as soon as you get to campus. Networking sounds like a grown-up thing to do and can be daunting at first, but it goes beyond making business connections. Interacting with classmates and faculty members can go a long way in establishing connections that can potentially help you get a job or an internship. For example, I have obtained many internship opportunities simply by speaking with my professors after class, and all of them want to help you out in any way possible. Collect business cards as you meet new people, and don’t be afraid to contact them if you are looking for an internship or a job. If you don’t ask, you will never know. The earlier you start networking, the better you will feel once you graduate from college. You will be saving yourself from a lot of stress, and in the end have a wider array of jobs to choose from.

Preston Derrick

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Dylan Echols

Dylan Echols
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Bio: I am a senior public relations major from Houston, Texas. I tend to live by the motto, "Take the initiative and get involved." In addition to taking classes, I am a student ambassador here in the College of Media & Communication, the vice president of Tech PR, the director of RaiderComm PR, a student assistant in the Dean's Office, and an intern with the Lubbock Concert Band. Where is my social life? My work is my social life.

    As I finish up my undergrad this summer, I will begin my track as a graduate student at the greatest university and in the greatest college on the planet - Texas Tech's College of Media & Communication. My goals following graduate school? I have not given them much thought. I have a passion for travel, learning and people, so joining the Peace Corps has always been a dream of mine. My fingers are crossed that a year from now I will be digging wells in Sub-Saharan Africa, learning about how to be a better me.

Dylan M. George

Dylan M. George
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ
  • Bio: I chose Texas Tech University because for some reason, when I got to campus for orientation (the first time I had been to Texas Tech), I got what can only be described as goose bumps. Walking around campus, I immediately felt like I was a part of something bigger. A place where I could forge relationships with my peers, as well as faculty, that could last me a lifetime. That's why I feel that the College of Media & Communication is the best place for me to sharpen and refine my work ethic, so that I may be able to enter the world of entertainment communications and public relations. And my one piece of advice for all students is that college is a time to explore all channels of life, which include your career plans. Get out and make connections, not just on social media, but also in real life.

Ruby Grace

Ruby Grace
  • Major: Journalism
  • Hometown: Laredo, Texas
  • Bio: Hi there! My name is Ruby Grace and I am a junior journalism major from Laredo, Texas. My time here at Texas Tech has definitely been one exciting ride. This school has offered me numerous opportunities as far as internships, jobs, and networking with many professional individuals. There is so much to get involved with here at Tech.

    I have been a member of President’s Select for three years now, and that organization alone has opened many doors for me and given me a chance to give back to the university. As a member I give campus tours, recruit prospective and VIP athletes, and go out to the major cities in Texas to recruit prospective students.

    In addition to being a university student ambassador, I also serve as a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication. This organization gives me the opportunity to talk to prospective students more specifically about the college and my major, which I am very passionate about. Both of these organizations give me the chance to talk to students about my amazing experience at Texas Tech.

    One group I was involved in my freshman year was PEGASUS, a program for first generation college students. During my time there, I met many people who were just like me, trying to find their way through college. I made great long-lasting friendships and memories with a lot of the students in the organization.

    To students looking at a major in the communication and media field, or thinking about attending Texas Tech in general, I would say, take one campus visit. That is all you will need to fall in love with the beauty of Texas Tech and the friendly environment that surrounds the campus. Also, don’t forget to have an open mind about your college decision. College is all about learning something new and meeting new people every day. So, wherever you go, get involved! With more than 400 organizations at our campus, there are plenty of opportunities to get out there, make connections, and have the time of your life.

Sarah Harlan

Sarah Harlan
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Giddings, Texas
  • Bio: I am a senior public relations major from Giddings, Texas. After transferring to Texas Tech, I quickly became involved in Tech PR and am the former vice president of public relations for the organization. I am also an active member of the Association for Women in Communications, and I serve as the assistant director of RaiderComm, the student-run public relations firm. And I also work for The Outpost social media lab.

    The reason I love Texas Tech is because of all the opportunities the College of Media & Communication offers. And my best advice for incoming freshman is to begin interning as soon as possible. After college I hope to move to New York City and find a job that will combine my love for public relations and passion for traveling.

Joshua Hutchinson

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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.

Eric Scharf

Amanda Rodriguez

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!

Candace Trevino

Candace Trevino
  • Major: Public Relations
  • Hometown: Houston, Texas
  • Bio: My name is Candace Trevino and I am a public relations major from Houston. My experience at Texas Tech has been a little different because I transferred from a junior college, but I am smitten with this place. I wish I had longer than two years here!

    Aside from being a student ambassador for the College of Media & Communication, I work at the Rec Center on campus (Come see me!), as well as intern with a church here in Lubbock. My choice of a PR major has been an asset to excelling at both jobs. I love it! I chose to become a PR major based on the college’s website. No lie. There were no student ambassadors then, but I think hearing from real students would have made my decision even easier. So, I’m glad you’re here! If you haven’t already visited Texas Tech, please do! If you have, we can’t wait for you to come back. Everyone looks good in Scarlet and Black.

    So, transfer students: You got this. Freshmen: You got this. I've been here. A little insider advice from one Red Raider to another: Bring your winter clothes when you move in! You’ll need them a lot sooner and longer than you think. Trust me on this. Houstonians don’t do cold. Invest in a good jacket.

    Thanks, and Wreck ‘em, Tech!

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.