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2018-2019 Dean's Student Ambassadors

 
Madison AlanisMadison Alanis,
Communication Studies & Advertising Dual Major

What made you decide on your major? I'm a double major in advertising and communication studies. I chose both because I love the creativity with advertising and the job diversity that communication studies gives me. With both majors, I have the freedom to work in many different careers.

Plans After College: After college, my goal is to work at an advertising agency in Dallas. I'm really interested in working account services (specifically client relations). An extra bonus would be able to work with a cause-related advertising clients.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is all the opportunities to grow; through clubs, networking and caring professors. The college has everyone's best interest at heart, and that's something I can appreciate.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My Favorite thing about TTU is the school spirit! Everyone is excited to support the school and each other, especially during football season. I have truly found my home away from home.

Advice for Future Students: My advice would be to try everything! Every club, event, internship and even non-major classes you find interesting. The college gives us a lot of opportunities to grow, and if you get involved, you might just find something new you are interested in.

Uvie BikomoUvie Bikomo, 
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? Choosing a major can be a difficult choice for most. For me, it seemed less like a difficult decision and more like a passion. I have always wanted to be able to tell the stories of the world, the cultures around it, and the people who are its fabric. Journalism gives me the ability to do just that; it allows me to pursue my passion and just maybe change the world.

Plans After College: I plan on getting a master's degree in International Journalism. I aspire to work as a Foreign Correspondent. I hope to be able to provide a varied perspective in international news and tell the stories of those who are forgotten and passed by the media.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC would definitely be how many opportunities the college has for its students to not only get involved but also to gain hands-on experience in their respective fields. Whether a student is studying journalism, PR, or advertising, there is always an opportunity to learn more about and work in the desired field. That is definitely something to be cherished about CoMC.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the community. Being at Tech really is like having a community of people who are there to support you and provide you with help if you seek it. There is always something for everyone. The feeling of community at Tech is just amazing.

Advice for Future Students: Try to join a group, organization, or community in the CoMC. This is where you will get a chance to network, meet new and lasting friends, and have valuable experience. Also, take all the opportunities given by the faculty and get to know your professors. They are always willing to help - and they will be very valuable in the future.

Ashley Buentello

Ashley Buentello,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? I actually ended up in my major accidentally. Before coming to Tech, I knew I wanted to be in the College of Media and Communication, but I was just unsure of which major would be right for me. Communication studies sounded the most general, and I figured in my second semester that I could change it to public relations or advertising. However, after my first communication studies class, I fell in love with the major and the incredible faculty. My indecision led to me making my best decision.

Plans After College: After college, I plan on moving to the great (and expensive) city of Dallas, Texas. I would like to work for one of the many trendy startup companies based in the city, either in the marketing/social media or human resources field. Thankfully, my major offers me a lot of different career routes I can take, and narrowing it down right now is the biggest challenge.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about the College of Media and Communication is that the people, the students, faculty, and staff, are all so amazing. Everyone is helpful and kind, and I'm very thankful that my college is one that promotes unity among the students. I spend so much in the CoMC building and with its people, it's important to me that the people I'm surrounded by are positive.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University would have to be the legacy that comes with being a Tech student. Everywhere you go, when you meet another current or former Tech student, you instantly feel like you know them. Just this past summer, I met a Tech alum while in Mexico, and they talked and laughed with my whole family for hours. There's a type of closeness you'll always feel with the people who shared this campus with you.

Advice for Future Students: My advice to freshmen is to do what is best for you, and to always put yourself out there. There are so many opportunities at Texas Tech, and while it can be overwhelming, those opportunities could be the best thing to ever happen to you. Enjoy your time in the dorms. Go to club meetings by yourself. Introduce yourself to people in your classes. Make the most of your time at Texas Tech: what you put in is what you'll get out.

Rachel BurroughsRachel Burroughs, 
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I did a lot of research before deciding on a major. Event coordination is what I wanted to go into, but I didn't want to feel tied down to one field. I talked to many people who I knew in that field and all their majors seemed to interest me. When I came and visited here, I knew instantly that I wanted to major in something that dealt with communications. After reading into all the majors they offered, public relations seemed like the perfect fit for me and I absolutely love it.

Plans After College: There are many things that I hope to achieve after I graduate. Over the past two years I have become very passionate about wanting to work with children's hospitals either on their event staff or for a non-profit organization that pairs with children's hospitals such as Make-A-Wish. While pursuing that I hope to start building my own business by coordinating individual events, like weddings, on the side.  In the long run, I would like to own my own event coordinating business that deals with all types of events.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: I could write a whole paper about my favorite things here in the College of Media & Communication, but the one that tops it all is the community created between everyone here. The professors are passionate not only about what they teach, but about the success of the students in their class. The staff are always available even if it's just to talk about your day. Everyone here truly cares about what they do and the students involved.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University is the constant flow of activities to get you involved. There are always things going on during the week and on weekends to get you connected with other people on this campus. While school is very important, there are other many other opportunities that the school offers to get involved, even in things way outside your major.

Advice for Future Students: My best advice for future students is “Don't stress!” It's very easy to stress out and worry about being at a new school with new classes and all the work that you're about to have all while trying to get settled in. The staff and students here have all been there and will take care of you and make sure you have everything you need. That's the great thing about being a part of the College of Media & Communication.

Rebecca ChapmanRebecca Chapman,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? I wasn't a student of this college until I took a Media Literacy course which I enjoyed so much that I changed my major to communication studies. That way, I could continue learning the curriculum I found interesting. I love my degree because it is very flexible and applicable to careers across different industries. Switching my major was an easy decision, and I'm glad I had the resources to make that great choice.

Plans After College: After graduating, I plan on returning to Texas Tech to pursue my Master's Degree because it will give me an advantage in the job market and it is a great, affordable program. Upon completion of my Master's, I would love to pursue a career in higher education and continue learning.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite things about CoMC are the faculty and students! My professors genuinely care about me and the material they are teaching so it makes the classroom experience very enjoyable. They accommodate you to the best of their ability and give you the tools you need to succeed. I enjoy the company of my fellow students because we all work together and help each other do the best we can in classes.

Favorite Thing About TTU: Texas Tech's traditions are my favorite part of the university because they bring the community together and gives you an unparalleled sense of belonging. There's nothing better than watching Fearless Champion sprint across the field after chanting "RAIDER POWER" across the stadium or hearing the choir sing carols as the quad is lit with Christmas lights at Carol of the Lights.

Advice for Future Students: Get involved! Find student organizations that interest you and friendships will come naturally within those organizations. Putting yourself out there will reward you with meaningful connections, fun events, and career-building opportunities. You'll never regret trying a new opportunity. 

Edward De Leon

Edward De Leon,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I chose public relations as my major because it was an excellent fit for my personality and strengths. I love listening to people, and I always try to understand their problems or desires to help them. Also, I like challenges and I am always ready to take on a new one because I can easily adapt to new situations.

Plans After College: After college I would like to attend law school. I've always had a passion for law as you get to learn an abundance of new information and get to help people during some of the toughest events in their lives. Once I get enough experience and credential as an attorney, I hope to shift into politics.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite things about CoMC are the professors and advisers. The professors here go beyond the call of duty, set high expectations for all students, and understand the student very well. The advisors here at CoMC are incredible because they will get you where you want to be even if you yourself think your goal is not attainable. 

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University is the diversity. You are exposed to and challenged by these differing viewpoints on a daily basis, both in the classroom and outside of it, and you'll have the opportunity to learn from and be shaped by them. I also enjoy the sense of community Texas Tech offers because you feel like you are truly at home. 

Advice for Future Students: The advice I want to give to future students is to have perseverance. Continue your education no matter what; don't let anything get in your way. Remember, "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!" - Audrey Hepburn. Good luck to you all! Wreck 'Em! 

Collin Edwards

Collin Edwards,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? When deciding on advertising as my major, I was looking for something that would create an abundance of opportunities and still be relevant as society moves forward. First and foremost, advertising is a communications degree that can be utilized in a versatile way in various jobs. 

Plans After College: After college, I will commission as a second lieutenant into the United States Army. After my military career, I plan on being a high school teacher to help influence and mold the future generations to the best of my abilities. 

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about the College of Media & Communication would be the close-knit community feeling you experience. It is not uncommon to have the same professors for multiple classes or to see them on a daily basis even after you take their class. To me, walking through the building and being acknowledged by my name from faculty and students creates a warm feeling that makes me happy to be there. 

Favorite Thing About TTU: One of my favorite aspects of the university is the passion and pride people have in the school. One great example of this would be game days, when the campus is draped in red and black with everybody attending or tuning into the game. Every organization that I've been involved in, that is seen by outside eyes, knows that they represent the school and want to create the best image they can. 

Advice for Future Students: Some advice to would offer to future student would be to make connections and be involved as possible. Having great working relationships with both your peers and professors will be a great asset to have through your college career and beyond. Being a part of various organizations will help you forge these relationships and help you have a more broad college experience.

Emily EffrenEmily Effren,
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? Coming in to college, I just knew I wanted to write. I began my freshman year as an English major, but I began to look into the CoMC majors because I felt that they would provide me with the tools I needed to thrive in any writing or media career. After winter break in 2016, I changed my major to journalism and this past spring, added CMI to my degree plan, and I couldn't be more excited to learn as much as I can about the booming media industry. 

Plans After College: After college, my ultimate goals are to travel some of the world on my own, and then hopefully find work at a magazine publication that will allow me to not only continue but to grow in my passion for travel, writing and photography.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is that the professors genuinely want the best for their students, want them to succeed and even see potential in them even when they don't see it themselves. Also, CoMC students are the most driven and passionate people I have ever met and it is so inspiring to get to work with people who push you to be your best self every day.

Favorite Thing About TTU: To me, it is the student body of TTU that makes it the best place to attend college. Being six hours away from my hometown, it is so comforting to be in a student body where everyone is accepting and warm. No matter what major you're in, someone is always willing to lend a hand and even begin a new friendship. Plus, we have the best school spirit and football team! Wreck ‘em!!!

Advice for Future Students: Get outside of your comfort zone! Being in a new town and a new college can be terrifying, but don't be afraid to get involved and meet new people. Go to that club meeting you were hesitant to go to alone, get to know the people sitting next to you in class, and most of all, be your most authentic self!

Matalee FangmanMatalee Fangman,
Creative Media Industries

What made you decide on your major? I chose the degree plan of creative media industries within the CoMC because I felt it best fit with my future goal of becoming a sports broadcaster. There is no specific sports broadcasting major at Texas Tech, so through my major, I am able to select and add the classes that best fit my needs with my future goals in mind. I feel like this major encompasses classes that are diverse and cover all the areas and skills that I will need to be successful in my career.

Plans After College: After college, I plan on becoming a sports broadcaster for one of the larger franchises such as ESPN or FOX Sports. My exciting everyday schedule will consist of interviewing some of the most talented athletes in the country. I also hope to travel to as many places as possible with my career. My goal is to fill up my passport, so my career and my love for traveling will go hand in hand.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about the College of Media & Communication is that it immediately feels like a home the second you walk through the doors. Each and every professor, adviser, staff member, and even classmate is there to support you and to help you reach your goals. You never feel lost in the crowd even though it is the fastest growing college. Instead, you feel important and cared for, just like it should be. 

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University is the Texas Tech pride. The entire campus bleeds red and black and isn't afraid to show it. We have the absolute loudest student section at every sporting event and the best traditions. I guarantee if you yell “RAIDER” anywhere on campus, you will be answered with a roaring “POWER!”

Advice for Future Students: My advice for future students is to get involved! There are endless options all across campus for all different types of people. Step out of your comfort zone to try new things and meet new people. College is a few of the best years of your life and you will definitely regret not doing as much as you can during your short time here.

Brooke Galvan

Brooke Galvan,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? Choosing public relations as my major was the best decision I could have ever made. I am such a people person, and I love getting to work with individuals from all different backgrounds, so choosing this major was a perfect match. One of my favorite things about PR is the fact that I will be able to take the skills I have developed into almost any industry.

Plans After College: After receiving my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend graduate school to earn my master's degree. With these degrees, I have various options and routes to choose a possible career in. I would love to pursue a career in the fashion and beauty industry, where I could work to coordinate events both within the company as well as out in the community. As I gain more experience, I can see myself potentially opening up a fashion boutique of my own in the future.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: In my junior year of high school, I had the opportunity to tour the College of Media & Communication. After seeing the college and what all organizations and opportunities they offer, I fell in love with it. The professors are so dedicated to helping you succeed because they truly care about you, and the networking opportunities are endless thanks to the many events that CoMC holds. Because of our college, I know without a doubt that I have made so many beneficial relationships and connections that will prepare me for a future career.

Favorite Thing About TTU: One of my favorite things about TTU is the family-like atmosphere that you feel as you step foot onto our campus. You can always find a friendly face across campus or someone shouting RAIDER, while others follow with POWER. We are proud to be Red Raiders, and we want nothing more than to welcome more members to the family.

Advice for Future Students: My greatest piece of advice for incoming students is to never be scared or embarrassed to put yourself out there during your time in college. It can be intimidating to step out of your comfort zone; however, getting involved with something you're passionate about will be the best decision you can make while at TTU. Whether it is joining a club on campus, applying for that internship, or even recruiting other students to play on your intramural team, what you do with your time in college is ultimately up to you. So make it the best and Wreck ‘em!

Michael GrayMichael Gray,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? Growing up and through my school years, I was almost always involved with the arts in some way shape or form. However, when I got to my junior year in high school, my schedule didn't allow for me to take any art classes. This was a very crucial time for me in choosing what college major I would want to enroll in, and this is how I ended up being an engineering major for my first semester and a half. Once I got into some core engineering courses, I quickly found out that the industry was not a fit for me. It was too monotonous and slow – I thrive in a fast-paced and changing environment. I ended up taking career assessments and found out that a more artistic/creative route was for me, and I ended up going with advertising due to the creative careers it could take me to. As soon as I started my core classes in advertising, I felt at home – I had made the right decision finally.

Plans After College: Upon becoming involved with my major and my college through organizations, I was exposed to some directions that I would like my career to go. Through Tech Advertising Federation, I learned about PMG and The Richards Group – agencies based in the DFW area. I looked further into the agency life and found out that I want to be a part of the chaotic, crazy, always changing agency lifestyle. If I could, I would love to start my career out in Texas in the DFW area.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is all the different ways I can be involved with my college. I love being a part of all things CoMC and meeting so many different people in so many different organizations. Everyone in CoMC just comes off so friendly, that the entire college just starts to feel like another family. I don't feel out of place; I feel like I belong and that I am right at home.

Favorite Thing About TTU: The best parts of TTU are the traditions. From tossing tortillas on game days to the Carol of the Lights, all things tradition is what I love most about TTU. There's no better feeling than being a part of something so great and unique such as the Tech traditions we do. They make me proud to be a Red Raider and I make it known to all my non-Red Raider friends and family that our traditions are the best out there.

Advice for Future Students: I was told this a lot coming into college, so I'll say to future students as well: get involved. You can always stop your involvement later, but it's not always easy to get involved in some things in your later college years. I'm going into my senior year and I wish I had started my extra-curricular involvement more in my freshman year. I realized too late how fun and exciting it is to be involved with organizations around campus, so I'm not able to try everything out that I would like to if I got to start over. Don't shrug off the notion of being involved in the beginning. Put yourself out there, join some clubs, do intramurals, try out the Greek life, run for student government, become an officer in organization. If you find out later you don't like it or it's not for you, then you found out. Don't get close to graduation feeling regret for not trying things you wish you would have. The three worst words are “should've,” “could've,” and “would've.” Get involved and try it now so you don't find yourself saying those three words later.

Samantha HerreraSamantha Herrera,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? Coming to Texas Tech, I knew I wanted to be in the College of Media & Communication, but I didn't know what, specifically, I wanted to study. All the majors in our college are magnificent, but what drew me to advertising is how creativity and strategy come together as one. Advertising can be both fun and businesslike which I think suits my personality. I have a passion for learning what makes other people resonate more with a brand, personally and physically.

Plans After College: I am a Disney College program alum and would like to return there post-graduation.  This experience enriched my ability to network and expanded my communication skills, and I also had tons of fun living in the parks daily! With the help of my professors and advisers, I continue to strive in bettering myself at making magic happen for people every day by learning more about brand management and consumer insight.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: Aside from Dean's Student Ambassadors, I am the public relations chair for Kappa Xi (a community service organization), a member of the Tech Ad Federation, and a Peer Success Coach.  I also enjoy participating in and helping the Media & Communication Learning Community's programs. Living in the learning community during my first year was so invigorating because not only was I able to gain hands-on experience, but I was also able to make life-long friends in my major and who study the same material. I believe that my favorite thing about CoMC is that I am always pushed to do more and add to my brand. I have great help and opportunities to expand my horizons.

Favorite Thing About TTU: 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, especially in our college which makes attending Texas Tech fun and exciting! The people who devote most of their time at Texas Tech have also contributed to my love of this college because 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.

Advice for Future Students: 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, never lose sight of your dreams, and don't be afraid to ask questions! I am 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!

Kailey Itri Kailey Itri,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? I initially pursued a degree in Apparel Design and Manufacturing, but with more thought over the summer, I decided to go a more business-related route and switch over to Marketing. I wasn't quite sure how I would feel choosing a field that was more business than art, but for some reason, I was convinced that It was one or the other. I was at orientation getting ready to change my major when a CoMC professor approached me and asked what I was interested in. I expressed my passion for design and writing and also entrepreneurship and helping others. He immediately responded with, “you belong in advertising.” It was after hearing the advertising slogan, “where art & strategy collide” that I was officially convinced I had just discovered my future. 

Plans After College: Twelve months ago, I had ​no idea what my plans were after college. After spending a year in CoMC, I now have a firm grasp on my hopes for the future. After college, I aspire to work in the creative department of an advertising agency; however, I am open to anything that comes my way. I cannot say that I have a set plan for my future, but I am thankful for the College of Media & Communication for giving me aspirations for my future, as well as the confidence that, whatever opportunity comes my way, I will have the knowledge and experience to excel in it. 

Favorite Thing About CoMC: Words cannot express how comforted I felt by the advisers, professors and students in CoMC. Going from a high school class of only fifty people to sitting in a room of five-hundred was a pretty terrifying reality, and I'd never imagined receiving so much support from strangers. I quickly came to find that these “strangers” actually cared about my success, actually wanted the best for me, and were actually a family. From the staff to the students, the atmosphere is so positive and empowering. It's hard to explain the feeling - you just feel like you belong. 

Favorite Thing About TTU:  The dedication to students' success is by far my favorite thing about Texas Tech. You learn things in class and start to notice it working itself into your everyday life. We're all here in hopes turning our passion into our profession, and It's the coolest thing to see yourself grow and become more advanced in the area that you love. Knowing that you're in a place where people invest all of their time and energy into you to help ​your dreams become a reality is such an empowering feeling.

Advice for Future Students: The advice I have for future students is to simply be open. There're so many new things in college that you may be hesitant to experience because you're scared. Try to push yourself out of your comfort zone, because the only way you can grow, learn, and experience some of the best moments of your life is by taking that leap. Whether it be joining that organization you're interested in or introducing yourself to the person next to you, I can guarantee you that the more open you are, the more opportunities will come your way. Just take a deep breath and ROCK IT! 

Lauren KrissLauren Kriss,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I came into this college as a public relations major (and I still am one). I've always appreciated how it brings together so many disciplines, and how journalism, marketing, advertising and even human resources are all emphasized in classes. My major has allowed me to explore a wide range of interests, from studying politics as a Washington, D.C., intern to designing a health communication research project.


Plans After College: Throughout my undergraduate career, I've worked on several research projects and developed a passion for research design. I really hope I can take that path all the way up to getting my doctorate degree. Hopefully, I end up doing research on health campaigns as a university professor or private researcher. Stay tuned!

Favorite thing about CoMC: The CoMC has a “make it happen” approach with their students. There's no goal that's too lofty to achieve as a CoMC student because everyone is willing to help you. It's amazing how many opportunities students at the CoMC are given by professors, staff and other students.

Favorite thing about TTU: I love Texas Tech because of how big it is. When there're so many people in one school, you get exposed to so many interesting people and have countless opportunities to make friends. I know that for some, a large campus can seem daunting, but it really means there are just so many more ways to get involved and connected.

Advice for Future students: My advice to first-year students is to get out of your comfort zone! That means not being afraid to go to club meetings, campus events and even venture out into the city of Lubbock. It also means embracing people who are different than you. I promise that if you put yourself out there and keep an open mind, good things will find you. Adventure and diversity are what college is all about.

Lea MaricLea Maric,
Media Strategies

What made you decide on your major? I have actually changed my major a couple times. Originally, I was a speech pathology major and a psychology minor, but as my first semester went by, I began wondering why I didn't feel passionate about my major. As I began looking for internships, communications stuck out to me so I asked myself why not major in what interested me. Then, I met with my amazing advisor who introduced me to media strategies. She explained to me that media strategies allows me to take courses in all the majors the College of Media and Communications has to offer, so I immediately fell in love with it because I could try a little bit of everything.

Plans After College: My only concrete plan after college is moving back home for at least a year. So many plans changed during my first year at Tech that I have learned that I need to be open to everything that comes my way, and I can't plan for my future based on only one concrete idea or desire. I would love to work for a communications department or a public relations department in sports or entertainment. I definitely plan on going back home to Dallas for a while until life and opportunities take me elsewhere.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite things about our college are the opportunities. I have never been a part of a school community that cares so much about its students. When I say opportunities, I really mean endless opportunities. The faculty here at our college really enjoy helping us and truly want to be a resource. You get what you put into this college. If you network and get involved, it is inevitable that something good will come out of it, whether it be an awesome contact, great friends, an internship, or even a career.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about our university is the tradition. I always say southern hospitality in Texas is nothing like southern hospitality elsewhere, but throw in tradition where the roots run deep and you get Texas Tech University. The alumni community is so large and always willing to help as well. I like that no matter who you're walking next to on campus, no matter how much of a stranger they are, you can always know that you share one thing in common and that's being a Red Raider.

Advice for Future Students: The biggest piece of advice I have for future students is GET INVOLVED! Surround yourselves with like-minded individuals who will push you to be better and take advantage of all the amazing opportunities our university has to offer. Remember it all starts here—the building blocks of your career. Self-discipline and drive will get you to the finish line. Make sure to take care of your business, but remember to stop and look around you; time flies and before you know it, it will be your senior year. Wreck ‘em!

Camryn Mayer

Camryn Mayer,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I actually looked at two other colleges before I decided on being at CoMC. Each one was different from the other, but being a PR major within CoMC gives me the opportunity to connect with people and be a creative thinker. I also enjoy how the degree is set up to have me take classes in other majors to give me a really well- rounded degree once I graduate. 

Plans After College: My plans are almost always morphing themselves as the semester goes on. Spending a semester in the Disney College Program would be a dream! I would also like to do some traveling and, pairing that with my passion for working with people, I would like to pursue being a leadership consultant for my sorority. After all that fun, my end-game career goal has been the same for a while: a wedding and event coordinator. 

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is my professors. I cannot praise them enough. Texas Tech as a whole has a great staff, but CoMC goes above and beyond to get truly the best of the best. They take the time to get to know the class as people and communicators, not just as students. Our faculty takes pride not only in their work, but in us --  the students. 

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the athletics. I chose to come here partly because of my love for sports, and Tech has continued to provide an exciting atmosphere that a lot of schools do not have. Win or lose, Red Raiders bleed red and black forever. 

Advice for Future Students: My advice for future students is to find ways to challenge yourself in college right from the get-go. If you had a hard time connecting with people in high school and getting involved in organizations, put yourself out there at Tech! There are so many opportunities offered to us as students, and especially in CoMC. If you never went to a high school football game, go to Tech games. You came to college to learn, and you owe it to yourself to grow a little as well.

Nydia NatividadNydia Natividad,
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? Ever since I was a kid, I have always wanted to be a journalist. After school, instead of playing outside with my sister and cousins, I would sit and watch the 4 o'clock news with my grandpa. By the time I got to high school, I was involved with the school newspaper and newscast, and still aspired to be a journalist. Journalism has never left my interests or goals, and throughout the years, it has remained constant. Some people are born to be something, and I know I was born to be a journalist.

Plans After College: After college, I hope to be working for an online publication like Vice or Vox. They are two publications that do great things and always have interesting content. If I do not get into the online industry, I hope to work in broadcast as a reporter or producer. However, I do believe that wherever I am meant to be, I will be!

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My most favorite thing about CoMC is 100 percent the entire faculty and staff. Every single person in the college is friendly and ready to help you with anything! I feel so lucky to have chosen a college where I know the staff cares about my education and well-being. Being at CoMC feels like a home away from home, thanks to the incredible people who make up the faculty and staff.

Favorite Thing About TTU:  My favorite thing about TTU is definitely the entire landscape of the campus. No matter the season, I can forget that I am in West Texas due to the beautiful landscaping here at TTU. It is nice stepping outside seeing the trees and public art pieces that make our campus so lovely, especially during the spring when red tulips are planted all around campus!

Advice for Future Students: My advice to future TTU students is to not be afraid to chase what you are passionate about. When it comes to picking a major, pick something that you know you are going to enjoy learning about for the next four years. Choose something that makes you happy and piques your interests. I swear from experience that when you are studying what you love and enjoy, college will be the best time of your life!

Olu OkororieOlu Okororie,
Media Strategies

What made you decide on your major? What made me decide on my major was the plans I set for myself while in high school. I've always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer so I just knew when I saw Media Strategies as a major I had to choose it. I knew that, even if I didn't attend law school, that I would want to have a career in the entertainment industry because of my love for it. Choosing Media Strategies as my major was the best thing I could have done!

Plans After College:  What made me decide on my major was the plans I set for myself while in high school. I've always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer so I just knew when I saw Media Strategies as a major I had to choose it. I knew that, even if I didn't attend law school, that I would want to have a career in the entertainment industry because of my love for it. Choosing Media Strategies as my major was the best thing I could have done!

Favorite Thing About CoMC: What made me decide on my major was the plans I set for myself while in high school. I've always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer so I just knew when I saw Media Strategies as a major I had to choose it. I knew that, even if I didn't attend law school, that I would want to have a career in the entertainment industry because of my love for it. Choosing Media Strategies as my major was the best thing I could have done!

Favorite Thing About TTU: What made me decide on my major was the plans I set for myself while in high school. I've always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer so I just knew when I saw Media Strategies as a major I had to choose it. I knew that, even if I didn't attend law school, that I would want to have a career in the entertainment industry because of my love for it. Choosing Media Strategies as my major was the best thing I could have done!

Advice for Future Students: What made me decide on my major was the plans I set for myself while in high school. I've always wanted to be an entertainment lawyer so I just knew when I saw Media Strategies as a major I had to choose it. I knew that, even if I didn't attend law school, that I would want to have a career in the entertainment industry because of my love for it. Choosing Media Strategies as my major was the best thing I could have done!

Kayla OwensKayla Owens,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? When I came to college, I was a biology major and a chemistry minor. However, after a semester and a half of going down that track, I realized that that wasn't what I wanted to do. I bounced around between a couple different majors, before finding my home in public relations. When I talked to Kim Bergan, she was so inviting and made me feel like this was something I could thrive at. On my first day taking my classes, I met professors who actually cared about my academic success, as well as for me as a person. I had never experienced that in any of the other colleges I was a part of. Public relations was a concept that made sense.

Plans After College: After college, I will either become the public relations director for an NFL or NBA team, or I will become a publicist for professional athletes. I currently have a couple of job opportunities in Dallas, so I will probably move back home, unless other opportunities present themselves elsewhere.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the atmosphere the entire college has. The professors want to see you succeed in whatever you want to become. They also give you the confidence to believe that it is possible to reach your dreams. I don't think any of the other colleges on campus have that same learning environment.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is Football Game Day. I love football, and TTU has by far the best game day traditions. From tailgating to the student section, a Texas Tech football game is an experience you will never forget.

Advice for Future Students: Advice I would give to future students would be “it's not about how hard you fall; all that matters is that you get back up” meaning that we are all going to make mistakes and have road bumps along this journey through college. No one can say they breezed through college without any setbacks. At the end of the day, those setbacks don't define who you are; they only prove how strong you are when you overcome them and succeed. 

Lauren PughLauren Pugh,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? Joining the College of Media & Communication as an advertising major was a decision that I made after a year of feeling a lack of motivation and passion towards the major and career path I originally selected for myself when entering college. The decision to change my major was one of the most intimidating experiences, but also one of the biggest blessings I have had during my time at Texas Tech University. I am so grateful for the opportunity this major has given me to challenge myself daily in a field that excites me and allows me to exercise my passion for creativity and all forms of communication. I can confidently say that I have found what I enjoy doing, and feel prepared and capable for my future in advertising.

Plans After College: I am very eager to see where life takes me after graduation! I am exploring my options to find an advertising agency that will introduce me to a diverse and accomplished workplace where I can learn and grow from new opportunities and experiences.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: The College of Media & Communication is a place that I have found so much support and encouragement throughout every part of my college experience. The facility and staff truly want you to succeed, and, as students, we are given so many resources to reach our full potential both during and after our time at Texas Tech.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University is the community formed by my fellow Red Raiders. Being a part of this University is something that I am proud of, and I am so appreciative of the knowledge and experiences I have gained through my time here.

Advice for Future Students: The best advice I could give to future students is to get involved and make connections as soon as you can! You'll be entering your senior year before you know it, so don't take a moment for granted. There are so many opportunities to make your college experience what you want, so take the classes that spark your interest, join the organizations that excite you, and take advantage of the resources available to you.

Katherine PulkKatherine Pulk,
Creative Media Industries

What made you decide on your major? Growing up I always had a passion for photography. As a young kid, I learned the basics from what my dad taught me. As I got older, I ended up loving to watch YouTube and different styles of videography. With my wide variety of passions for the camera and media, I decided that being a creative media industries major was the best way to pursue what I love. 

Plans After College: After college, I plan on experiencing a wide variety of internships to find the field that fits best. With the internships, I plan on traveling and experiencing new things. In this, I hope there is a possibility that I could potentially work for National Geographic. 

Favorite Thing About CoMC: There have been many different things I have found to love in the College of Media & Communication. For starters, I love the atmosphere of the people around and how welcoming it is. Along with my love for the atmosphere comes the exciting opportunities and clubs to join. 

Favorite Thing About TTU: With my love for the College of Media & Communication comes my love for Texas Tech University. Having said that, I have learned to appreciate the campus/architecture in general. I love the small traditions the school has to offer and the strong community the students have made.

Advice for Future Students: Since I'm only a sophomore, I don't have much advice to offer, other than the simple "don't take your young years for granted”: Branch out and join organizations that will help you succeed, along with meeting new friends. 

Lindsey ResignatoLindsey Resignato,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? In high school, I was super-involved with all of my school's publications. I was Editor in Chief of the Yearbook, Section Editor for the newspaper and a staff member for the literary magazine. I knew I loved working with people, but didn't necessarily want to go down the journalism path. I wanted to have more job options and careers at my disposal so I took a leap of faith and went with communication studies!

Plans After College: I love the idea of serving my country and plan on enlisting in the U.S. Air Force as an officer. Hopefully, later on in my career, I can transition into a new career working for the CIA or FBI. That is my dream!

Favorite Thing About CoMC: Definitely the professors and rest of the faculty who support CoMC! I have never had professors treat me as an individual at other institutions I attended. Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming. I love it!

Favorite Thing About TTU: All of the resources available to students! It is amazing! The previous university and college I attended don't even compare. 

Advice for Future Students: Do your assigned readings and don't rely so heavily on professor's in-class PowerPoints. You want to gain an understanding of the subjects in your field of study --  not just get a passing grade.

Hailey SchmittHailey Schmitt,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major?  After visiting the College of Media & Communication and chatting with the college recruiter, I decided this was the college for me. The staff and faculty made me feel like I belonged here and I was able to see a future for myself. It wasn't long after I found my home in public relations.

Plans After College: After college, I want to attend law school. Ideally, I would want to attend law school here at Tech and study international law. One day, I would like to work in Congress.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite part about CoMC is the faculty and staff. CoMC has the best faculty and staff on campus (and in the nation). The faculty and staff here genuinely want to see you succeed and are willing to help you in any way possible.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite part about TTU is the spirit we have here. I love that everywhere you go here and everyone you meet will give you a guns-up followed by "Wreck 'Em".  We are a community who are proud to be Red Raiders.

Advice for Future Students: Get involved! There is always something going on. As soon as you get here, get involved and meet as many people as possible.

Taylor StewartTaylor Stewart,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? They say communication is key and I feel it is the truest statement in life. In every aspect of life, we must learn to communicate effectively in order to live in harmony. As I began taking an array of communication classes throughout my college career, I realized I had a passion for understanding the importance of how we communicate with one another. Communication is a useful skill that will benefit our careers, relationships and life.

Plans After College: After college, I would love to travel out of the country and experience different cities and their many cultures. When I return to America, I am interested in working for the Disney Company. The history, hospitality and unique experiences that Disney creates throughout their many theme parks and resorts is something I would enjoy becoming a part of.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: One of my favorite aspects about the College of Media & Communication is how it has turned into my home-away-from-home. Not only because I spend majority of my time here, but because of the welcoming community. There are familiar, kind faces around every corner. The classes are intriguing, and the professors genuinely care about their students' academia and personal well-being.

Favorite Thing About TTU: I love the school spirit at Texas Tech. Once again, the welcoming community creates a home-away-from-home feeling. I am a transfer student so when I am finished here next May, I will have only spent two full years here, but I wish I had had the opportunity to spend all four years of my college career here. I will forever encourage others to explore Texas Tech University as an option for their college careers. 

  1. Advice for Future Students: I will keep it short and simple with five pieces of advice:
  2. Get involved! There is no greater feeling than to be a part of a group of people who share the same interests.
  3. Never be afraid to ask questions. It shows you care about your college career.
  4. Look both ways for buses and bicycles; they stop for no one.
  5. Self-care is #1; do at least one activity a week that you find enjoyable or relaxing; read, work out, color, go to the movies, etc.
  6. Trying in college is cool. Set your goals high for that 4.0 every semester and work hard to earn it.

Lauren Stowers

Lauren Stowers,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I enjoy meeting new people and having conversations with them. I was always told I would do well in the communications field but never took it seriously. I have now found my passion in event planning and coordination, and my dream would be to manage an event center such as the Gaylord, wedding venues or an arena.

Plans After College: I will apply for graduate school this fall to hopefully work towards my M.A. in mass communications. Through this program, I plan to launch my professional career so that I am allowed every opportunity possible when entering the work force. However, as far as where I would like to live, that is up in the air. I have recently become very interested in traveling and it is a possibility that I live somewhere out of my comfort zone for a couple of years for the experience.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: I love the atmosphere of CoMC. The people who belong in this college are excited about their day and the knowledge that they will gain in class. My professors and advisers also have a natural spunk about them, and it keeps me motivated and on track with what I am doing and how I am getting there. Transferring from a college that had little to no involvement opportunities and very little guidance, the CoMC Is a refreshing place to be.

Favorite Thing About TTU: TTU wasn't who I grew up cheering for, nor was it the place I was expected to be. Actually, I had little outside influence on where I was going to go to college. I came to Texas Tech because, from the moment I arrived, I could feel the love that surrounds the town and the campus. The locals are welcoming and friendly, and the students are of all backgrounds, but all love it just as much as I do. I love TTU because the school spirit and the people that are here. I love TTU because it feels like home.

Advice for Future Students: Come to college, and get plugged in. Take advantage of the many opportunities there are at Texas Tech and step outside your comfort zone! In addition, seek out advice from professors and advisers as you navigate your college career. They are there to help and they want to help you, so take advantage!

Shanae SwackShanae Swack,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I chose public relations as my major because I felt that it would help me achieve my career goals and I enjoy the wide variety of topics it covers. I am encouraged and enabled to pursue what I am passionate about through the College of Media and Communications. I have always enjoyed talking and engaging with people and public relations provides opportunities to expand on this. Public relations has provided me with the resources and tools to begin my career after college. The courses, professors, and assignments have been invaluable in my education and have enhanced my ability to connect with people.

Plans After College: After college, I plan to become a medical sales representative. I plan to start with pharmaceutical sales training and hope to become a surgical devices sale representative.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: The College of Media & Communication has given me many useful connections and relationships that I value highly. The professors treasure your presence and participation in the classroom, which has helped me excel as an individual and will help me in my future endeavors. The wide variety of personalities of the students in the college has allowed me to explore different avenues of my education.

Favorite Thing About TTU: I have been born and raised a Red Raider. I could not imagine myself attending school anywhere else. The community that Texas Tech and the city of Lubbock provides is unbelievable. Tech has given me so many new opportunities and has prepared me for my future. Students and locals are very passionate about the university. I love and treasure the traditions that are carried at Tech and I am confident that I made the best decision to attend Texas Tech!

Advice for Future Students: My advice to an incoming freshman is to get involved in anything and everything possible. College provides a lot of opportunity to meet new people from different places. By getting involved in one of our 500 student organizations, you will meet some of your best friends and mentors. I have found so many opportunities through the various organizations I have become involved with, so take chances and try new things! Taking that leap of faith could lead you to accomplish the goals you never knew you had to the future you always dreamed of. 

Emily TannEmily Tann,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? I've always been super-interested in computers and when I was in high school, I realized studying graphic design was something I was really interested in. Advertising allows me to learn graphic design components while also having a foundation in media and communication, so it was easy to decide on advertising. After a couple years, I added a public relations minor when I started really enjoying the relationship side and the ability to go into non-profits, and I have never looked back!

Plans After College: After College, I will start my master's in theology and Christian ministry and hopefully, work in a non-profit or a ministry program to use my knowledge to help others rather than myself. I am hoping to stay in the Lubbock area because it really has become home!

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is how genuine the professors and faculty and staff are in helping you reach your goals. They really do personalize each person's degree to best fit their interests and give them all the tools and opportunities to destine them for success!!

Favorite Thing About TTU: It is nearly impossible to name a favorite thing about TTU because there are so many. I love the atmosphere most about the university. Everybody in West Texas is so kind and that is reflected on campus. Everyone is fired up in school spirit and it feels like a family.

Advice for Future Students: My advice for future students is not to be afraid to talk with your advisers about what you want to do with your degree and your career. They are here for us and that is the easiest way to ensure you LOVE your four years at Texas Tech. Another bit of advice would be to really cherish the time you have while in school because it goes by SO quickly.

McKenna ThompsonMcKenna Thompson,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I decided on public relations because it is such a versatile major that I feel is extremely applicable to today's society. No matter what you want to do with it, there will always be a need for professional communicators.

Plans After College: After college I would hope to be working/interning in the field of sports public relations or sports broadcasting.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC would have to be all of the amazing faculty and staff. Everyone is so excited to be there helping students pursue their passions.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is all of the school spirit. Everyone who is here is passionate about their dreams as well as cheering on the Red Raiders at every sporting event.

Advice for Future Students: Advice for a future student would be to try and do at least one positive act towards your future every single day.

Cari WhittenburgCari Whittenburg,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? I chose to major in communication studies because I wanted something that was flexible, universal, and dealt with people. I love that communication studies allows me to meet so many different people and to use the skills I have developed through my classes to create lasting relationships. It's the perfect fit for so many different career paths!

Plans After College: After college, I plan on continuing my education at Texas Tech while I pursue my master's in communication studies. This will allow me to further my love of the field while gaining additional skills to help me when I enter the workforce. After graduate school, I plan on working as an education director or programs director for a major museum.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: Tech's CoMC has so many different qualities that make it amazing and unique. To me, the best thing about it would be the family-like environment. The students and faculty in this college truly want to see you succeed and be happy throughout your time at Tech, as well as years after you graduate.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the friendly faces. No matter what is happening in the world, everyone on campus is personable and kind. This creates an amazing environment that makes your years here warm and inviting. The friends you make at Texas Tech are truly people that brighten your life!

Advice for Future Students: My advice for future students would be to get out of your comfort zone and get involved! The people you meet and the experiences you have here are what shape who you are. The more things you experience, the more interesting and worldly a person you will become. It also helps broaden your network. The relationships you make during your time here are ones that will help you throughout your life!

Curry WilsonCurry Wilson,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? There were many different facets that helped me decide to become a public relations major. With a public relations degree, I will be able to be diverse in the work force and will have an easier transition into a different field of interest if I choose. Also, I will be able hone multiple skills that are pertinent for any job.

Plans After College: The sports industry is something that I am very interested in. After graduation, I would love to do community relations for either a minor or major league baseball team. As long as I am a part of an organization that is bigger than myself and has a platform to make an impact to others, then I am doing my dream job.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite part about CoMC is the overall community. All the faculty, staff, and even other students are willing to help each other succeed. There is always a familiar face around every corner of the college. The statement is true when people say, “My CoMC” because you truly feel like you are a part of the community.

Favorite Thing About TTU: There are too many things about Texas Tech that I love! Right when you step on campus, you can tell that the entire Texas Tech community takes pride in being Red Raiders-- not only on campus, but throughout Lubbock. It is so awesome to see the whole community painted in the Scarlet and the Black on game days. How do you not want to be a part of that?

Advice for Future Students: My advice to future students is to not be afraid. Don't be afraid to ask questions, get involved, or speak to other peers. This is the time to find out what makes you get out of bed in the morning. Texas Tech gives you all the tools you need to be successful, so don't be afraid to use them.