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My Path To CCA

As an 18-year-old starting my first year at Central, I already knew that I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of communication. This decision became clear to me after taking an intercultural communication class as a high schooler in the Running Start program. I was then ready to jump into the communication major here at CWU!



My first year as a Wildcat threw me some curveballs, but I learned to bounce back. Whether it was switching my minor from Spanish to advertising, or working hard to succeed in particular challenging courses, I have overcome many obstacles. My advice to any soon-to-be or current college students is to remember that setbacks are sometimes out of your control, but how you react to them is not.


Throughout my time at Central, I've had the opportunity to get involved with several organizations on campus, such as SWAP (students with a Purpose), the Washington Student Engagement Networks, and Lambda Pi Eta.


This academic year, I have had the privilege of serving as the president of Lambda Pi Eta, the national honors society for communication scholars. Bonding with my classmates both in and out of the classroom has been what I have enjoyed most during my time in this position.


The fall quarter of this year was my first experience with CCA. Having limited exposure to public relations, I was unsure but excited about what the quarter would hold. Now, halfway through my second cycle with CCA, I can proudly say that it has been one of my most fulfilling and impactful student experiences.


I have been able to work with organizations such as Ellensburg Community Radio, and Pigture Perfect Rescue and Sanctuary- a local non-profit. Having served as an account coordinator and account executive, I have gained hands-on experience designing graphics, building websites, applying for grants, and assisting in event coordination.


CCA has given me incredible professional experience and networking opportunities. Being surrounded by passionate students and staff in CCA and my other courses within the communication department has been a pleasure.


As I approach graduation this spring, I feel confident that I have developed skills to help me succeed professionally, and friendships that will last me a lifetime.

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