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2020-2021
Dean's Student Ambassadors

Barnhart, KaylaKayla Barnhart, 
Dual Major in Advertising and Digital Media & Professional Communication

What made you decide on your major? I first chose Digital Media & Professional Communications during Red Raider Orientation. I was unsure about what I wanted to major in, but I realized DMPC was going to allow me the opportunity to gain experience and skills in multiple fields of communication. Towards the end of my sophomore year, I decided to add Advertising as a second major so I could gain more creative skills which would then further help me in social media advertising

What are your plans after college? After college, I plan to move to a larger city for work. With my previous experiences, I have found that I love planning and creating social media content. My hope is to work for a large company doing social media marketing.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the people. The respect and support that each staff, faculty and student shows is unmatched. Making these connections is so beneficial in being successful and finding what you're passionate about.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is our school spirit. I love attending school events and having such a large and diverse crowd of students and alumni come together to show pride in our school.

Advice for future students: I encourage future students to get involved! CoMC has ample opportunities for students to find an organization that they're passionate about. Organizations can help you to gain new experience and the ability to meet people who can help further your college career. You never know what opportunity can bring you so don't be afraid to reach out and try something new.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? Along with being a second-year Dean's Student Ambassador, I am the founding president of Pi Delta Alpha. I'm also a member of the Association for Women in Communications and Alpha Lambda Delta/Phi Eta Sigma. Lastly, I work at University Student Housing in the marketing department.

 

Haleigh BeairdHaleigh Beaird, 
Creative Media Industries

What made you decide on your major? Going into my freshman year, I had absolutely no clue what I wanted to pursue as a career. I came in as a Journalism major solely because of my love for writing, but I soon realized that though I love to write, that is not my passion. As I joined organizations in the college, I found my love for the creative opportunities offered by being a CMI major. I soon switched over to a CMI major with a minor in journalism, and I haven't looked back since!

What are your plans after college? Once I have completed my time at Texas Tech, I am hoping to find a job within sports production or news production. After visiting my uncle who lives in Atlanta, I fell in love with the art, community, opportunities and quite frankly, the vibe of the city. I knew immediately that my sights were set on eventually moving there. I don't know where life will take me, but I am excited for the adventure!

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite things about CoMC are the diverse organizations and classes that are offered to the students. No matter what your interests are within the college, there is more than likely a class or org that you can join. This really enables students to find their passion, and pursue a career doing what they love. This of course would not be possible without our INCREDIBLE faculty and staff taking the time to guide each student along the way.

Favorite thing about TTU: One of my favorite things about TTU is the school spirit. Throughout high school, I never felt compelled to take pride or show any sense of loyalty to my school. Once I arrived at Texas Tech, that mentality completely shifted. The sense of community you feel walking into any room or building on campus is something I will never take for granted. Even wearing Texas Tech gear in a different state, you will likely find a fellow Red Raider!

Advice for future students: The advice I would give to any future student would be to follow your passion. At the end of the day we only have one life to live, and it would be a shame to waste it being unhappy. Happiness is not found in physical or monetary things, but in the people you meet, the experiences you have, and how you choose to live your life. So, do what you love!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? This is my second year at Texas Tech, and I am involved in the Texas Tech Club Tennis Team. Within CoMC, I am involved in the news station MCTV, the radio station KTXT 88.1, and this will be my first year as a Dean's Student Ambassador!

 

Bowman, DejaDeja Bowman,
Dual Major in Advertising and Digital Media & Professional Communication

What made you decide on your major? I chose to double major in Advertising and Digital Media and Professional Communications because there are endless career possibilities. With advertising, I'm able to showcase both my creative and strategic side. Digital Media & Professional Communication will teach me how to be effective across all industries in the communications field.

What are your plans after college? After graduation, my career goal is to work at an advertising agency as a Strategist or do in-house marketing. Later, I plan to pursue a graduate degree with a focus on Brand Strategy and Marketing.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the large number of clubs and organizations available to join. This allows students to really get plugged into the college, discover their passion, and grow their knowledge in their industry.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about CoMC is the large number of clubs and organizations available to join. This allows students to really get plugged into the college, discover their passion, and grow their knowledge in their industry.

Advice for future students: My advice for future students is to get involved in the college and get to know your professors. There are a lot of opportunities in our college, getting to know some professors and getting involved in clubs and organizations is a great way to make friends. Joining clubs and organizations gives your hands-on experiences, growth, knowledge and a passion for your major.  

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in COMC? I was a part of the student-run advertising firm, Bullet Advertising, for two years. In my first year, I was a Media Coordinator for the Wienerschnitzel campaign, and in my second year, I was the Research Director for the Adobe Campaign. I am also a current member of the Black Student Association, Tech Advertising Federation and I am a Marketing intern at University Student Housing.

 

Edward De Leon

Edward De Leon,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? My high school AVID instructor was actually the one who steered me into making public relations 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 in any way. I also like challenges and I am always ready to take on a new one because I can easily adapt to new situations. Entering my fourth year as a public relations major, I can certainly say that it was one of the best decisions of my life.

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 help others resolve their legal problems. Once I get enough experience and credentials in the field of law, I hope to shift into politics and one day work in D.C.

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite things about CoMC are the professors and advisors. The professors here go beyond the call of duty, set high expectations for all students, and understand the students very well. The advisors here at CoMC are incredible as they will do everything they can to see us succeed, and provide us with exactly what we need to do our best.

Favorite Thing About TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech 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. You'll have the opportunity to learn from and be shaped by it. I also enjoy the sense of community Texas Tech has to offer because you feel like you are truly at home when here.

Advice for Future Students: Work hard but make time to experience life. The first priority of college is to learn, whether it comes from classes or internships. But do not forget that college is also about learning who you are as a person. Spend your free time by meeting new people, joining organizations, attending school events, or simply exploring the city that you now call home.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? On campus, this will be my fourth year being part of the Texas Tech Men's Club Soccer team, representing Texas Tech as we travel and play other universities across Texas. In CoMC, I am a member of Tech PR, which is an organization that allows students to network and exchange knowledge of public relations concepts. This will also be my third year as a Dean's Student Ambassador.

 

Diffee, MadelineMadeline Diffee,
Creative Media Industries 

What made you decide on your major? Entering college, I was a journalism major. I originally chose this because I wanted to be a photojournalist. Not long after that I realized Creative Media Industries was the route I wanted to take more. Creating a visual story can be done in so many ways, and that fascinated me so much! When I started working for The Daily Toreador as a multimedia staffer, shooting sports was definitely my favorite thing to do. Now because of that, I know I am in the right major with the right people.

What are your plans after college? After college, I hope to work in social media for a sports media company, and soon after, shoot sports as a photojournalist. I am originally from Dallas, but I hope to move around the nation in the future while doing what I love.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the opportunities that it has given me. There are SO many things you can sign up for, groups you can join, and jobs you'll be encouraged to apply for. To help with this, your professors will almost always be more than happy to write a recommendation letter for you. After establishing connections with my professors, I am 100% confident that they want to see me succeed. Every faculty and staff member truly cares about you, which makes being at such a huge university so much easier.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is the campus. Yes, it is big, and yes, I am exhausted after a long day of walking around it. However, the beauty and uniqueness of it is something you can't beat. The minute I stepped onto campus, I knew Texas Tech was where I wanted to go – and one of the main reasons was the architecture and warmth that the colors of campus brought!

Advice for future students: Be comfortable being uncomfortable. I know it's corny, but I had to learn the hard way. I am more introverted, and while that is TOTALLY fine, getting yourself out there when possible will help you out SO much in the long run. You'll make some great friends along the way too!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? During my freshman, sophomore and junior years, I was involved in The Goin' Band from Raiderland! I played the alto saxophone. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. I am also the Digital Content Manager at The Daily Toreador, which is Texas Tech's student-run newspaper. This job has helped me a lot to prepare for my future in social media and photojournalism.

 

Dolgin, Emma

Emma Dolgin,
Dual Major in Advertising and Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? I am a double major in communication studies and advertising. I wanted to do both because I love the versatility of communication studies, and the innovation of advertising. These majors allow me to branch out in so many different areas of interest because of the large platform they cover, and they teach me important skills that can be implemented for any job.

What are your plans after college? After college, I plan on becoming a Real Estate agent and getting my license for it. Real estate has always been a passion of mine, and I was fortunate enough to gain experience in the commercial, and residential side of it throughout my time in college. Over the past two summers I interned with a residential company in California, and needless to say, the state of California stole my heart. With the growing market and expanded housing, moving there when I graduate is a plan I have in mind.

Favorite thing about CoMC: The CoMC has some of the nicest faculty, and a wide variety of great students. Everyone is so helpful and passionate about what they are studying. It also gives everyone a platform from which to excel in their own way, and gives you the opportunity to take so many interesting classes.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is the beautiful atmosphere and school pride that the campus has. I love being surrounded by fellow Red Raiders who are proud to be here and form such a great community. There is also something for every student to enjoy based on the wide variety of activities that are always going on.

Advice for future students: My advice for future students would be to branch out and try new things. Texas Tech is a large university that serves large opportunities. No matter what you are interested in, you can find endless options of clubs, and people, who have the exact same passions. College is short, so make every minute count and get involved. You will not regret it!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? Besides being a Dean's Ambassador, since my Freshman year I have been involved with Delta Gamma. Being in this sorority has been life changing and has opened me up to new opportunities and friendships that will last forever. I am also a part of the Communication Studies Society. Being a part of this club allows me to connect with other students who are a part of my major, and helps me expand my network of people who share similar interests with me. Lastly, I am part of Student Government as a senator for CoMC. This will be my first year as a part of SGA and I am so excited to have this experience.

 

Matalee FangmanMatalee Fangman,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major?  I chose the degree of public relations within CoMC because I felt it best encompasses my passions for interacting with people, organization, travel and sports. 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 includes classes that are diverse and cover all the areas and skills that I will need to be successful in my career. 

Plans After College: As I begin my senior year, I have decided to stick around and complete a master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. I believe that opportunity will broaden my already diverse skill set and open the door to many possibilities. I plan to use my degree for a career in event management. 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 CoMC 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. Your years in college are 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.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? As a student at Texas Tech University I try to get involved in as much as possible. Besides Dean's Student Ambassadors, I am also involved in Texas Tech PRSSA, Texas Tech MCTV, an active member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Raider Church, and many different intramural sports. I love each one of these organizations and hope to continue to add more. 

 

Malone Graham

Malone Graham,
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? I decided to study journalism because I was intrigued by the complexity of the major. Though it is heavy on reading and writing, it also encompasses much more. We study how to research topics, distribute news, how to best communicate with our audience, and more. I also wanted to learn more about broadcast journalism because I am interested in sports broadcasting.

What are your plans after college? After I graduate from Texas Tech, I plan to begin my career within the sports media industry. I am interested in working for a team, university, conference, or TV network. Perhaps I will be in the technology booth or writing scripts or communicating with viewers. In whatever context, it is my goal to work within the fun and fast-paced sports world. 

Favorite thing about CoMC: The students, faculty, advisers, and professors are what make CoMC so great. Within the halls of our college, everyone is rooting for you to succeed. If you need guidance or advice, the staff is just an email or office visit away, willing to help you with whatever you need. There are also so many ways to get involved in clubs and organizations early, even in your first month on campus! This allows students to meet new people and explore their interests at the beginning of their college career.

Favorite thing about TTU: At Texas Tech, the people are so kind. Wherever you go or whatever you do, you feel like you are a part of something bigger than yourself. There is always something to do on campus. Whether it be a game or special event, you are never bored! Some of my favorite things to do include playing sand volleyball with friends, watching basketball games, and going to fun events at the SUB.

Advice for future students: Go for it! College is an opportunity to pursue what you are passionate about. Don't be afraid to try new things and challenge yourself, because you can do it! Be a lifelong learner, and don't be afraid to ask for help along the way. There is a place for you; just go out there and find it!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I serve as the Sports Director at KTXT 88.1 FM The Raider, the student-run radio station within CoMC. I oversee the productions within our sports department, as well as call Texas Tech home soccer, volleyball and softball games. I am also a member of the Association for Women in Communications and enjoy attending their meetings. I love learning more about career plans and how to best prepare for my future through this organization. I also take part in Raider Vision, where I serve on the film and production crew for various Texas Tech home athletic events. Lastly, I am a member of Sigma Phi Lambda, a Christian sorority. We have fun events throughout the year, and I am glad to be a part of a social club. Outside of campus, I love attending the college ministry at my church, First Lubbock.

 

Goodman, Haley

Haley Goodman Lawson,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? After a semester as a Journalism major, I figured out Advertising would better prepare me for working in social media and digital content once I graduate. Advertising allows me to exercise my creative side while still being strategic.

What are your plans after college? After college I hope to get a job creating or managing digital content or social media. I would love to work for a collegiate program or professional sports team, but I love music and pop culture too, so any job where I get to create content and develop a brands message through digital media works for me!

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the resources! With almost every class I take I feel like I am making a connection with my professors. They encourage us to network and get involved right away. The CoMC family truly wants to see us succeed and there is something here for everyone, even majors outside of our college.

Favorite thing about TTU:My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the school spirit. Not only with the sports atmosphere, but everywhere there is a general excitement that comes with being a Texas Tech student or alumni. Almost anywhere you go, someone who graduated from Texas Tech is there and wants to help!

Advice for future students: Everyone will tell you to get involved in as many things as possible as a new student, and that's because it really is the best advice. I spent too many afternoons in my dorm room by myself my first semester, so I would encourage future students to not be afraid of going to events alone. With the first-year experience looking a little different this year, it may take a little more effort and precautions to get to know people and get involved in your college, but it will be worth it!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? This is my 3rd year as the Digital Content Director for the student-run radio station KTXT-FM The Raider 88.1. I also have my own radio show there and participate in our morning show, Good Morning Texas Tech. I have been a member of the Texas Tech Advertising Federation for two years and was on the BULLET Advertising Team for the 2019-2020 academic year. I have volunteered with the Social Media Outpost and am currently the Social Media Chair for the Association for Women in Communications. I interned at the Rec Sports Marketing Office last semester, and this will be my second year as a Dean's Student Ambassador.

Hale, BreannaBrenna Hale, 
Dual Major in Communication Studies & Digital Media & Professional Communication

What made you decide on your major? I chose COMS because I was interested in the “why” of communication, and I chose DMPC because I was interested in every field the college offers. Through DMPC, I'm able to personalize my experience and explore my broad interests by choosing classes from across the college. I have the freedom to make my degree exactly what I want it to be. I can fine-tune my different skills for the future and show employers exactly what I have to offer.

What are your plans after college? After college, I would love to work in communications for a church or nonprofit, creating content or improving member involvement. I am also interested in earning a master's degree in counseling to provide support for church staff both in the United States and overseas.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the close-knit community. It really feels like its own separate family, while still being a part of the larger world of Texas Tech. The sense that I was seen and known really made a huge difference for me.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU has been the unique, familiar culture I've experienced  on campus and in Lubbock. I'm from a small town, so I love that Tech feels like a community while still being large enough to offer limitless opportunities and diversity. Whatever my interest, I can immerse myself in that area and connect with others who both share my passions and challenge my perspective.

Advice for future students: My advice is to get involved as soon as you can! Take a hobby you have and find a student organization that shares your passion or branch out and try something new. For me, this made all the difference in making lasting friendships, feeling at home in college, and finding my unique passions and strengths.

Additionally, my advice is to utilize the support of your adviser to the fullest! Because of the sincere guidance of my advisor, I was able to double major and still graduate early. More than that, she made sure I knew what my options were without feeling overwhelmed. I was able to tweak my experience to suite my specific skills and interests and create a degree that is truly my own.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? In CoMC, I am a member of the Communication Studies Society and Lambda Pi Eta honor society. I'm a Dean's Student Ambassador and I worked at the Daily Toreador as a Freshman Apprentice and Sports Reporter. Outside our college, I'm a member of the leadership team in my college ministry where I lead a small group, take photos, and help with worship.

 

Nejahla HopkinsNejahla Hopkins,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? In high school, I had an idea of my career interest; however, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do in life. So, I decided to go through all college majors and eliminate things that didn't interest me and circle the ones that did. In the process, I came across public relations and didn't know exactly what it was, but as I began to research the industry, I gained more and more interest. After much research about PR's industry, jobs, salaries, and its different sub-industries, I decided PR was right for me. Also, as I grow in my major, I notice a lot of childhood hobbies becoming my professional future. I not only found something that was right for me, but I found something I love and am passionate about 100%.

What are your plans after college? After college, I plan to pursue a career in Sports Community Relations. I desire to work for my hometown team, the Houston Rockets, where I will serve as the Community Relations Coordinator creating community outreach campaigns and programs to better serve the Houston community and Houston's youth. I also plan to launch my own non-profit organization that places out-of-school extracurricular activities and resources in underserved communities. Lastly, I want to create a social/digital branding agency that creates business opportunities in order for small businesses to create a seat at the table for themselves.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about COMC is that it is a place for opportunity. TTU College of Media and Communications strives to place students in real world settings before they cross the stage. This gives students opportunities to be better and do better. It gives students a chance to network, create awesome resumes and portfolios, and gain work experience for future employment. Not only that, but it is family pushing family to be great.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is that it feels like home away from home. Tech strives to resemble family, and there is not one time I've been on campus where I felt alone. Because of great friends, amazing faculty and staff, and the down-home environment, my experience at Texas Tech has been nothing less than great.

Advice for future students: The best advice I can give to a future student is to never wait until the deadline to finish and turn in an assignment or a big project. Always give yourself 1-2 days before the deadline to sit on your work and review before turning it in. Thank me later!

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I try to be as involved as possible in order to build experience and my network. Currently, I am involved in President Select, PRSSA, COMC Dean Student Ambassadors, Dancers with Soul, Honors College Undergraduate Research, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors society, and I serve as a communications intern for TTU Athletic Department.

   

Lauren HukillLauren Hukill,
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? I chose Communication Studies because of the broad array of opportunities I knew it would provide for my career in the long term. Communication is a part of every interaction we have with other people, so I knew majoring in Communication Studies would serve me well in any job in which I find myself. After taking classes in my major, I also found that I enjoy learning about the communication process between people.  

What are your plans after college? In terms of a career after college, I am not certain what I want to do. Having an educational background in Communication Studies will set me up for success in communicating with different types of people in a variety of industries. Right now, I'm looking into opportunities where I could apply my communication skills in the retail industry either in a corporate setting or by starting my own business.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is truly the people. The faculty and staff members express genuine care for students which creates a unique atmosphere for learning and growth. Knowing that my professors and advisors take interest in my individuality takes learning to a personal level and contributes to the overall positive atmosphere with CoMC.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is the number of opportunities available to students. When sought out, there are endless on-campus opportunities available to students leading to growth in knowledge and experience. The widespread opportunity for students all across campus shows that Texas Tech takes a special interest in the success of students.

Advice for future students: My advice to future students is to be intentional and take advantage of opportunities around you. Whether it is academic or social, intentionality is an important aspect of developing each of these areas.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? As a student at Texas Tech University, I am involved in the Communication Studies Society within CoMC and an honors society which both provide opportunity to meet people as well as the opportunity to serve TTU and the Lubbock community.

  

Kailey Itri Kailey Itri,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? After initially deciding I wanted to pursue a major in marketing, I quickly came to the realization that I didn't want to give up my creative passion. I felt like I was given two options, either business or art, and I couldn't decide which area I was willing to sacrifice. When I heard the advertising and brand strategy slogan, “Where Art & Strategy Collide,” I immediately knew that I had found the path to my future.

Plans After College: After college I hope to get a job working at a fashion advertising agency, working on campaigns for well- known brands and clients. While I've always imagined myself working as a creative, my involvement in CoMC organizations made me realize I had an undiscovered passion for account services. I would love to work as an Account Executive in the fashion advertising industry! 

Favorite Thing About CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the support you feel when you walk through the doors. It became clear in a short amount of time that I was surrounded by people who truly cared about my success. I was encouraged to get involved in organizations from my first day in the college, and without that encouragement, I would not feel as confident to enter the workforce as I do today.

Favorite Thing About TTU: I can honestly say that I've never felt homesick while at Texas Tech. Moving to a new city or transitioning into college can be a pretty scary feeling, but I quickly came to find that campus was a haven for me. There are students from all over the world at Texas Tech, yet you feel such an amount of unity at games, events or even exchanging smiles with people on your way to class. The feeling that I've found my second home is my favorite part about Texas Tech.

Advice for Future Students: If I have anything to recommend to future students, it would be to get involved on campus. I remember feeling scared to meet new people and try new things, but by pushing myself out of my comfort zone, I've had the best experiences of my life! Don't worry about the “I don't know if I'm good enough's.” There are people who want to help you succeed, and you'll discover a strength within yourself along the way.

What are you involved in as a student on campus? Within my first few weeks on campus, I was able to try out for the Texas Tech BULLET Advertising Team, and I've been part of the organization ever since. I'm also a member of the Tech Ad Federation, the Dean's Student Ambassadors, and the Hi-Tech Fashion Group on campus. Having the opportunity to be involved in these extracurriculars has opened so many doors for me, and I'm extremely grateful! 

 

Mauricio Lira

Mauricio Lira,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? My adventure into public relations is not a conventional one. As a freshman at TTU, I was planning on majoring in computer science. But in my first class, the professor had three numbers on the board. The whole class, in sync, said, “It's three.” That's when I knew computer science wasn't for me. The next day at work, I asked my coworkers what they were majoring in, and they said public relations, so I enrolled. After the first class, I fell in love!

What are your plans after college? After my time at Texas Tech, I hope to work at an agency as an account executive or social strategist in a New York agency, such as Digitas, Ogilvy or Edelman. A path is set out for my professional career, but I know life happens, and I have accepted the possibility of my plan falling through. At the end of it all, I know the path I take, no matter how many twists and turns it has, will lead me to fantastic opportunities.   

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC are the professors. They care about their students and they want to help them in any way possible. I know I wouldn't be where I am without the amazing faculty in the college.

Favorite thing about TTU: The Red Raider family is my favorite part about Texas Tech. If you meet a fellow Red Raider anywhere you are in the world, you will make an immediate bond.

Advice for future students: Don't be scared. Don't be scared to take the class your friends aren't taking. Don't be scared to get to know your professors. Don't be scared to apply to the internship you think you'll never get. Without courage to stomp on fear, our world would look a lot bleaker.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? On campus, I am involved in Texas Tech PRSSA. I was the founding treasurer last year and now I'm on PRSSA National's publication subcommittee. This fall I will participate in the Bateman Competition, a strategic public relations competition comprising research, strategy, implementation, execution and evaluation. Within CoMC, I am also part of the Dean's Student Ambassadors. Outside of CoMC, I am part of the Student Alumni Board, a group of students who serve as student representative to our alumni.

 

McCain, AllisonAllison McCain, 
Dual Major in Advertising &
Communication Studies

What made you decide on your major? When I was trying to decide on a major, I had so many different interests that I didn't know what to choose, so I just selected Communication Studies without knowing much about it. At orientation, I went to each booth for CoMC, trying to learn more about each major. I immediately fell in love with advertising because I felt like we got to do a little bit of everything. I already enjoyed public speaking, writing, and design, but there was so much to explore within the major. Advertising is the perfect major for a well-rounded student who isn't afraid to think outside of the box, and it was the right choice for me.

What are your plans after college? After I graduate in May, I'm hoping to go to graduate school here at Texas Tech to pursue Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Communication Studies, Counselor Education, and Human Development and Family Studies. I want to work in Student Affairs, particularly as a career counselor. In a position like this, I would essentially be “advertising” the school's services and using my communication skills to help students on their college journey.

Favorite thing about CoMC: You won't find another college on campus quite like CoMC. Our professors and advisers put so much effort into making sure they prepare us for our careers, and even in a large lecture, I can tell that my professors care about each individual student. The environment in CoMC is very collaborative, and students are always willing to lend a hand to help their peers. An added bonus: we give out free popcorn and coffee at special events, and my friends from other colleges are always so jealous when they see me with a huge bag of popcorn during the day!

Favorite thing about TTU: As soon as you step onto campus at Texas Tech, you immediately become a part of the Red Raider family. Lubbock is one of the friendliest cities I've ever been to, and you can feel the warmth and friendliness permeating campus. There's also a can-do West Texas attitude that students seem to have here, and we aren't afraid to roll up our sleeves and get to work. Plus, you cannot beat the roar of the crowds and amazing school spirit that we bring each game day.

Advice for future students: My advice to future students would be to get out of your comfort zone! College is the time to learn new things about yourself and explore. Join a club that piques your interest, study abroad for a semester, or take a class about a topic that you like. I've made so many friends from joining new groups, and you never know what's out there until you try it.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? Besides being involved with DSAs, I'm also a student ambassador for the University Career Center on campus. If you ever need resumé help or want to practice for your upcoming job interview, come visit us! Additionally, I'm an Honors College student, and I write stories for CoMC's newsletters. I was also a Goin' Band member for the past three years, and I loved every second of it!

 

Anna McGowanAnna McGowan
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I decided on Public Relations as my major because I love being around and talking to people. The feeling of connectivity and care that comes with public relations has had a lasting impact on me as a person.  

What are your plans after college? After I graduate, I plan on attending grad school at Texas Tech and working for the PR department here to further pursue my passion to work with others. 

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is how welcoming and accepting everyone is. The faculty and staff are quick to help if anyone is in need and often want to see their students succeed to their fullest potential. 

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU is absolutely everything. There is not one thing that I don't like! TTU has so many opportunities, clubs and sports for everyone to get plugged into. It is amazing!  The amazing inclusive efforts that the university takes creates an environment open and welcoming to everyone. 

Advice for future students: My advice for future students is to get plugged into clubs, rec sports, Greek life, etc. I have met some of my best friends through these organizations and activities.  

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I am involved in Sigma Phi Lambda, Complex Council, Public Relations Student Society of America, Guns Up Forevermore Scholarship Committee, and Crusaders for Christ. These different opportunities have helped me grow while I am here at TTU. Having a solid support network helps me continue to be successful.

 

Luis MeadeLuis Meade, 
Dual Major in Public Relations & Economics

What made you decide on your major? As a dual-degree student, I have had to take into account a wide array of interests and skills that I would want to apply on an everyday basis. I chose public relations because I knew that it would give me the skills that I would need if I wanted to communicate complex economic ideas to audiences that vary widely in their education regarding those topics. Public relations has provided me with skills ranging from interpersonal communication to event planning, and I think that it is incredibly valuable for that reason.

What are your plans after college? After college I hope to find a job with an economic analysis group, where I would be working in corporate communication or economic analysis.  I would like to settle in Dallas and will be marrying my fiancée directly after our graduation.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the faculty that has been assembled within the institution. In my years as a CoMC student, I have developed relationships that have helped me through tough classes and my introduction into the professional world. The faculty works hard to give students meaningful opportunities, and their dedication is exhibited in the high-caliber of students who are graduated from CoMC.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU would definitely be the diversity of programs that are offered to students from their first day on campus. The number of organizations that students can participate in is astounding, and the special topics classes offered throughout the university provide a wide breadth of knowledge for students to learn from. Through my involvement in organizations and classes, I have had the opportunity to travel the country, and I know that experiences that diverse are unique to Texas Tech University.

Advice for future students: I would tell students to be proactive in seeking opportunities within the university. Texas Tech and CoMC put together a seemingly endless number of opportunities for students to take advantage of, but it takes students seeking out those opportunities for them to be utilized.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I am serving as president of  the Texas Tech delegation to the Model United Nations, which is an organization that focuses on teaching students about the UN and its functions, as well as preparing to compete in semi-annual conferences. I am also participating in a research lab within CoMC that focuses on studying human-machine communication.

Kamryn MendozaKamryn Mendoza, 
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? In high school, I fell in love with writing for my school's newspaper. I enjoyed reporting on events and featuring those who I felt had something important to say. Throughout the years, I realized Journalists are the people who are the voice for the voiceless, and I knew this was something I was born to do-- I want to give everyone their chance to be heard. There is a little bit of passion behind every one of my stories. I am always excited to listen and make sure the story I tell is told the right way.

What are your plans after college? After college, I would like to move to the Austin or Dallas area, become a local news anchor, and gain more experience in broadcast journalism. My dream job is to work in New York for ABC News or to be on Good Morning America.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC are the professors. Over these past few semesters, I have really enjoyed interacting with the professors in this college. Professors like Bill Dean, Roger Saathoff and Lamia Zia (just to name a few) were always so considerate and helpful towards students, and it really made me excited to go to classes when I had a professor equally excited about my major as I was.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University was the small-town feel, with a big college presence. Lubbock is viewed as a small town by many, but the amount of pride for our university spreads across the country. I know that no matter how far I go, I will always be welcomed back to Texas Tech, will always have my Red Raider family, and will always feel so comfortable calling Lubbock home.

Advice for future students: Please go out and try new things, meet new people, and experience everything this university has to offer. I've been in your shoes where I didn't know where to go or what to join. But if you put yourself out there, you won't regret it. You've worked so hard to get here and your families and friends are so proud already. Make them prouder! Get that degree, and show them from here, everything is possible :).

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? This fall, I wanted to go all out and try out for every club and organization I found. I decided to go through the Sorority Recruitment process and will be finding my sorority soon. I am a part of the university's official ambassadors, President Select, who help out in the President's office, assist with tours for the campus and athletic facilities, and participate in road shows recruiting future Red Raiders. I also work for the university's newspaper, The Daily Toreador, where I write columns for the news section. Finally, I participate in the online broadcast, MCTV, which is produced in the CoMC building.

 

Northcott, Molly

Molly Northcott,
Dual Major in Advertising &
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? I always knew that CoMC is where I needed to be, but I was interested in a lot of different majors. After attending an event my senior year in high school and learning more about public relations, I decided that it was something I really wanted to pursue. I decided to also major in advertising because it gave me more opportunities to explore the creative side of the media industry. Every aspect of these two majors sounded interesting to me, and I knew that I would go to class everyday excited to learn.

What are your plans after college? After earning my undergraduate degree, I plan to attend graduate school. I plan to pursue a career in account services for an advertising agency because I love making connections with people and resolving problems.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about the College of Media & Communication is the professors. They are all so eager to help you learn and are invested in their students doing well. I know that if I have any problems or questions, they are just one email or office visit away. They also create a great classroom environment that makes students excited to learn.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the people. No matter where you are on campus, people will always wave and treat you with kindness. The students have no shortage of school spirit, and it is awesome to be a part of a community that is so supportive.

Advice for future students: The best advice I can give to future students is to get involved. Getting involved on campus was one of the best decisions I made my first year. It provided opportunities for me to make some of my best friends and prepare myself for my future.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? One thing I am involved in is Kappa Kappa Gamma. This organization has helped me make so many friends and has taught me so many lessons. I'm also involved in PRSSA in CoMC. This organization has helped me make connections with people in my major and has provided opportunities that will be really beneficial when I graduate. 

 

Katherine PulkKatherine Pulk,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? Growing up, I always had a passion for photography and video. I was originally a Creative Media Industries major, but decided I wanted more structure. From there I chose to switch to Advertising and have been able to get the best of both worlds.

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

Favorite Thing About CoMC: There are many different things I have found to love in CoMC. For starters, I love the atmosphere of the people around me 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 CoMC comes my love for Texas Tech University. Having said that, I have learned to appreciate the campus/architecture in general. I love the big and small traditions the university has to offer and the strong community the students have made.

Advice for Future Students: My advice to incoming students would be to branch out and join organizations that you are interested in. The best thing you can do in your college years is to step out of your comfort zone. Hey, you might even meet some of your best friends along the way. 

What am I involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I am involved in a few different organizations within the campus and COMC. I am a part of an organization called Wishmakers on Campus, which closely works with granting wishes through the Make a Wish Foundation. Along with that, I am involved with the Executive Board for the Chi Omega Sorority. I am also in Tech Creative Media Association,  which is an organization that gives me the chance to get more hands on with my minor.

  

Quisenberry, Preslee

Preslee Quisenberry
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? After taking a campus tour as a junior in high school and meeting with an adviser from CoMC, I knew that I wanted to pursue a degree from this college. Once I met with an adviser at freshman orientation, I chose public relations as my major. Originally, I chose public relations because it is so broad and would allow me to change my mind if I wanted to. But after taking Sports PR with Professor Roginson during my freshman year, I discovered my passion for public relations, and I knew that PR was the perfect major for me and my future career goals.

What are your plans after college? After earning my bachelor's degree, I hope to return to Texas Tech and pursue a master's degree in communications. After my master's degree, I hope to get work for a university in athletics communication or work as part of the support staff for an athletic team. Although I'm still not exactly sure what I want to do yet, I know that I would love to work in sports.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite part of CoMC is the family atmosphere of the college. Even though Tech is a big school, CoMC does a great job of making their students feel welcomed and appreciated. I love that the professors, adjunct faculty and staff genuinely want to get to know their students and help them succeed. Within CoMC, I feel like I have found my purpose, and I cannot wait to continue my education in CoMC.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the number of opportunities that the university provides for its students. Whether it be through job fairs, alumni connections, study-abroad opportunities, internships, student organizations, and many more, Texas Tech does an amazing job of giving students all the resources they need to be successful after college. Like they say, from here, it's possible!

Advice for future students: Some advice I would give to future students is to do your best to get to know the people around you and to get involved on campus. Go to student organization fairs and find something that you are passionate about. Try something new; now is the time! I have met so many people through the organizations that I am involved in, and overall, getting involved on campus has made my experience at Texas Tech that much better.

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? In addition to being a Dean's Student Ambassador for CoMC, I am also involved in several other organizations on campus. Within the college, I am a member of Texas Tech's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and I cannot wait to get more involved within the chapter. I am also a member of President's Select where I act as an official Ambassador of Texas Tech University. I also work as a student assistant at the Football Training Facility, and I play intramural sports.

Rae Spurs

Rae Spurs,
Public Relations

What made you decide on your major? Before I chose Public Relations, I was a business marketing major. I felt that marketing was great but I wanted to connect more with the consumer. That's when I looked into Media & Communication and discovered PR. It's where relationship building and marketing collide, leaving a lot of variety for career options.

What are your plans after college? After graduating from Texas Tech, I would like work in the entertainment industry and help with artist representation. I would also like to go into cooperate communications and work for a company like Southwest Airlines.

Favorite thing about CoMC: My favorite thing about CoMC is the faculty! My professors are always willing to help me outside of class. We even have some professors who have worked or are currently working in some of the industries students are interested in. It's great because you get to learn from professionals.

Favorite thing about TTU:My favorite thing about Texas Tech is the school spirit. There's nothing like our Red Raider family! I love our campus, from the Lazy River at the Rec to Memorial Circle, Tech has a very beautiful campus, making every Red Raider at home.

Advice for future students: Take advantage of the opportunities CoMC has to offer as soon as you get here. It's important because the more you are involved in clubs/organizations the more hands on experience you get. There are so many cool ways for you to take control of your degree and customize it to what career you want to pursue.  

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? As a student at Texas Tech University,  I am involved in Dancers with Soul which is an organization for hip hop dancers. I'm also part of the Black Student Association. And within the College of Media & Communication, I am involved in Public Relations Student Society of America, which is a student version of the national Public Relations Society of America.  

Grace White

Grace White,
Advertising

What made you decide on your major? I chose Advertising as my major because it truly is where art and strategy collide. I can practice my skills and grow as an artist every day while also investigating the world around me. I also felt so supported by the Advertising advising team and professors when I was looking to transfer from Human Sciences to CoMC. Everyone here genuinely wants to see you succeed, no matter what path you take!

What are your plans after college?  After college, I plan to attend graduate school to further my knowledge of advertising. I would love to go abroad to Spain to improve my Spanish and add an international perspective to my studies. Eventually, I plan to work at an advertising agency as a strategic officer.

Favorite thing about CoMC:My favorite thing about CoMC is the people I have met! There are so many different backgrounds and perspectives and when they combine it creates something bigger and more beautiful than what we could have created as individuals. Through this collaboration, I have found other passions that I never would have anticipated having until I came to CoMC.

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about Texas Tech University is the sense of community that comes with being a Red Raider. As soon as you step on campus you are welcomed into an environment of support, full of people who want to see you succeed. Texas Tech is also full of opportunities, so you are truly able to shape your college experience to be exactly what you dreamt of.

Advice for future students: My advice for future students is to step out of your comfort zone. If there is one thing that you want to do or that excites you, but it scares you, do it. This is the time in your life to take those risks and explore what you're passionate about. In 10 years, you won't remember the doors that closed; you'll remember the ones that opened. 

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? 1.     Texas Tech and CoMC provide a plethora of opportunities to get involved in organizations that interest you. For me, I am the current Operations Director for the on-campus radio station KTXT 88.1 FM: The Raider that is run through CoMC. I also do undergraduate research. In the Honors College, I participate in the Bayless Elementary mentorship program.

 

Krizia Williams

Krizia Williams,
Journalism

What made you decide on your major? I believe that Journalism is the voice of the world; therefore, there is power within it. My dream and goals within this major are to impact, touch and inform as many lives as I can with my words. I chose to major in Journalism because I am a firm believer it will help me form a bridge to my dreams. To earn the title of “journalist” from majoring in Journalism is very important to me due to it making the decision to major in Journalism one of the best decisions I've ever made. I am a Journalism major because I love words and what they can do for people.   

What are your plans after college? Times are definitely changing and so are decisions. After college, I plan to attend graduate school to further my education in Journalism while working part time at a news station. My dream grad schools would have to include Harvard University, Columbia University, Northwestern University, NYU and Boston University. Allowing myself to also work, I would like to start out at a smaller news station to get my feet wet and experience under my belt,  in addition to the many opportunities the College of Media and Communication has put on my resume.  

Favorite thing about CoMC: There are multiple aspects of CoMC that I absolutely love, although my favorite would have to be the atmosphere. The people within CoMC are very inspirational, driven and loving. The faculty, staff and students carry themselves with great expectations and that fills the halls and classrooms with such a great and positive energy. This atmosphere is where I find myself the most creative and welcomed. One of the best parts about the atmosphere at CoMC is that it is adopted by each person in the building and allows the atmosphere to become a part of them for a lifetime. As the atmosphere impacts a person, the person then eventually graduates and spreads the amazingness of CoMC around the world.  

Favorite thing about TTU: My favorite thing about TTU would have to be the abundance of opportunities and personal connectivity throughout all aspects of this university. For example, one part that I love is the free speech area. This is a portion of the campus right outside the Student Union Building where lots of organizations spread the word about themselves. Also, the number of different organizations, and not just academically, is truly impressive and inspiring. TTU has a unique way of being different in aspects as far as opportunity and personal connectivity. These two things are very special and close to my heart due to TTU always making me feel like I have a special place here to be who I want to be.  

Advice for future students: The first thing I would want to tell a future student is that college is a journey not a destination. This is a place for self-discovery and self-acceptance. Things are going to happen, and they may not always be good, but please remember that everything happens for a reason. Everything that you are going to go through is going to make you a stronger person and teach you something. But most importantly, be who you are and be proud of yourself.   

What are you involved in as a student on campus and in CoMC? I have been involved in a lot of things here at TTU and stuck with only some of them. It is very important to go through the entire journey of self-discovery throughout your college career. I am currently involved in CoMC Dean's Student Ambassadors, President's Select, Black Student Association, Tech Association of Black Journalists, and MCTV.