Kaitlyn Cleckler, a marketing major graduating in May 2021, shares about her experiences at Texas Tech and Rawls College.
Wherever life takes them after Rawls College — graduate studies or a new job — the spring class of 2021 reflects on the achievements made possible through a community that promotes academic success, encourages student involvement, and inspires excellence.
Kaitlyn Cleckler, originally from Lubbock, Texas, will be graduating in May 2021 with a bachelor's degree in marketing and a minor in French.
During her undergraduate career, Cleckler served as a Rawls Ambassador. In the summer of 2019, she had the opportunity to study business law in Florence, Italy.
Why did you choose to major in marketing?
I found marketing to be the greatest reflection of my personality and professional goals. I knew I wanted to work on a team with others to collaborate and improve aspects of a business from a creative route.
What educational accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am extremely proud to be graduating with the honors of Magna Cum Laude. High scholarship is very important to me, and it is a humbling accomplishment to graduate from the Rawls College of Business with this honor.
During your time at Rawls College, who has made the greatest impact on you, and why?
Professor Laura Beth Pleasant was my study abroad instructor in 2019. She impacted me more than she probably knows. She was not only a professor, travel advisor, and mentor, but she was a great friend to us on the trip. She and I have maintained a relationship after our one month together in Italy, and I am very thankful to know her and to have learned from her.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I will be moving to Dallas to join the brand management team at The Richards Group! I am so thrilled for this opportunity to learn from the best in the industry and to grow my professional experience. Moving to Dallas has always been a dream of mine, and I am very excited to start this journey.
What advice would you offer current or incoming Rawls College students?
I would say, enjoy every class, connection, and curveball that college brings you! I cannot believe I am graduating already. Time flies. Get to know your professors and classmates; some of the best memories I have is from late-night studying for a test with friends. Take advantage of the resources that the Rawls College offers, and if you can, study abroad!
What were some of your favorite things about living in Lubbock?
Being from Lubbock gives me a different perspective as a Texas Tech student. I have come to appreciate this town and the people so much more over my four years at Tech. I love the kindness and spirit that radiates from Tech fans, small businesses, and Lubbock locals about how great this place is.
Why do you love Rawls College?
I knew right when I walked into the college my freshman year that I was in the right place. The building is open and inviting; it encourages collaboration and connection among students. The professors are passionate about setting their students up for success. Also, knowing several people within the college has made me love the school even more. I always have a friendly face in class with me.