At the age of 26, I can say that I’ve achieved milestones. I’ve spent my life learning and advancing my personal and professional development and have graduated with two post-high school degrees. Success is sure sweet, and I know there is still more to learn.
In May of 2013, I graduated with my Bachelor’s from Maryville University with concentrations in Strategic Communication and Journalism. I had enjoyed participating in the student newspaper as a staff writer and had held several internships during this time period that oriented me to working in a professional environment to further communication goals. This was not my first major at Maryville. I began in the art program and later worked toward an education degree. It was after I realized my passion for writing and art that I decided to pursue a degree in Communication, which I felt would be a great way to fuse my interests together.
After graduation, I literally began pursuit of my Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership a few days later, to further enhance my leadership skills so that I can aspire to lead others one day. The second year of my program, I had the opportunity to be a graduate assistant in Maryville’s marketing department. I got to do really cool projects such as contribute to the Maryville Magazine and design signage for the St. Louis Speakers Series. I loved interviewing faculty, staff and students to continue to share the Maryville story.
In March of 2015, I took the comprehensive written exam for the Master’s capstone. It was the toughest and most enriching experience I have done to this date, and I would not trade the feeling of the weight being lifted off my shoulders after finding out I had passed. I was ready to walk across the stage with my diploma. That happened on May 2, 2015.
This will not be the end of learning for me. I have a lifetime ahead of me to make an impact. It’s now time to make that dream a reality.