Job After Graduation: Katie is an account executive in radio sales at 103.9 The Bear in Mishawaka, IN. She was also accepted into Purdue University’s online MS in Communication program.
Major: Mass Communication
Minor: Business Administration
Hometown: Elkhart, Ind.
High School: Elkhart Central High School
Clubs and Activities
Student Association (President), Columbian Players, Musicals (Urinetown, The 1940's Radio Hour, The Drowsy Chaperone), WPUM 93.3 The Joe, SJC Newsroom, & The Morning Joe on TV6.
How did you hear about SJC?
My mom scheduled me a visit because my grandfather attended SJC.
Are you getting financial aid and if so, what kind? How is it helping you to attend SJC?
I get the Academic Dean's Scholarship, the Alumni Scholarship, and A TV/Radio Broadcast Performance Scholarship. When I was accepted to the College, I told my parents that this is where I wanted to go. My mom said, "Then make it happen." So I worked for the scholarships, which help pay for my tuition so that I can afford to attend SJC.
Why did you choose SJC?
When I visited the campus for the first time, I was totally against coming to even look at the College. The instant I stepped on campus, I knew that this was the place for me. I had looked at other schools, but after I visited SJC, I told my mom not to plan any other college visits for me—I had already made up my mind.
What are your plans for the future?
The plan is to get a job at a news station as a reporter or an anchor, and work my way up little by little. It is going to be a rough few years starting out, but I hope that hard work will take me to the top. I may even hear the Today Show calling my name…
How do you feel about the Core Program?
I LOVE Core. I think that is has made my education here very rounded. I have been able to open my eyes to ideas that I never dreamed of having. I feel that I have such an open mind because of Core, which sets me apart from students at other schools.
The Core Program
I have been able to connect something in the Core Program to every single one of my classes. I think that the Core Program makes me marketable, especially in my industry. As a journalist, I feel that a wider view of the world is what sets me apart from any other journalist in the industry. That makes my skills rare, which gives me a leg up on the competition.
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