MUNCIE, Ind.—Recent alumni and graduate students of the College of Communications, Information, and Media (CCIM) gathered to talk to students about the Life After Graduation program.
The panel was held Nov. 9 from 7-8 p.m. in the Arts and Journalism Building and was intended to help students imagine what they might experience after graduating from Ball State.
“I just thought it was a great opportunity for some of my students to see and hear people who were in the exact same place they were not too long ago,” said coordinator Brian Hayes. of the event.
Panelists discussed various topics such as the power of networking, internships and building a personal brand. They talked about how their time at Ball State helped them in the corporate world, even if they weren’t pursuing something in their home major. Emma White, Communications and Social Media Manager for Ball State Admissions, talks about her experience.
“Honestly, as a freshman, my goal was to pursue public relations and go to law school, but I ended up loving the work I was doing in communications. J learned a lot, then I ended up staying,” White said.
For students like Alex Bracken senior, this panel was his time to make the most of his college experience and talk with professionals about his future.
“I’m studying journalism and graphic design for websites, but it’s hard to pinpoint and decide what field I want to break into. This event and discussions with alumni have given me more insight into this” , Bracken said.
The panelists were all very encouraging and gave reassuring advice to the students. Don’t be afraid to pursue your passions.
“It was nice to see that everything always works out in the end. They were all in a place where they felt their contributions were valuable and they’re happy there,” Bracken said.
If you are interested in other events similar to this one, CCIM is hosting a Career and Internship Fair this week on Thursday, November 17 in the Letterman Building from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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