The ride to declaring my major was a bumpy one. From the time I was in third grade, I was sure that I wanted to be a teacher. I was absolutely positive that there was nothing else I would ever want to do for a living. That all changed for me when I went into my senior year of high school. When I took the risk to be a Communication major, I didn't know what to expect. I have been blown away by the things I have been fortunate enough to experience during my time at Champlain.
I love that everything is hands-on and I love that the faculty genuinely cares about their students. The experiences that I have had in classes are honestly what makes my entire college experience. I am incredibly grateful that I have had the opportunities to go to a television station to see how the news is produced, work as a group with an actual client, record audio for projects, conduct interviews, write news articles and talk to public relations professionals about what their jobs are like.
Some of these chances are things I never would have dreamed of being able to do coming into the school three years ago. Now, I feel as if I will be ready for whatever my future career path might throw at me, and it really is because of what I have been afforded at Champlain.
Julia, Communication MajorConcord, NHDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
Champlain was my dream school and had everything I wanted - small class sizes, a great town to go into and hang out if you wanted to get off campus. It just spoke to me.
Champlain doesn't have professors teaching you stuff that happened 20 years ago. It's right now, what's out there. One of my professors, Kristen Kelly from WCAX, keeps us aware of what's going on in Burlington, and sometimes brings in stories she worked on the week before to help you do an assignment. I think it's really cool that an adjunct faculty who has a job in town comes in and teaches us what she's learning every day. And we're using technology that's up to date. It's nice to come to a college and use technology that businesses around town are using.
Being a graduate of Champlain will be helpful in the job industry. I know that if I need to, I can reach out. The Champlain Alumni Committee is constantly helping alumni find jobs across the country. There are advisors like Nancy Kerr who are great at reaching out to people in the community and helping you find an internship, not to mention all the alumni connections. I know there's a bad economy right now, but I'm not worried about getting a job because Champlain makes it so much easier.
Teagan, Communication MajorSandwich, MADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
When I was looking at colleges, I looked at ones with a game or animation program because I had always been fond of animation and the animating process. I declared Game Art & Animation as my major, thinking I found my calling. But as I progressed through Champlain, I realized the Game Art & Animation program was not for me. Who knew a change in major was all I needed.
Three years later, I am graduated with a BS in Communication, focused on marketing and brand management, and I couldn't be happier. The Communication major allowed for the flexibility I craved to explore my own interests, as well as the structure to learn what I needed to enter the workforce. I gained a multitude of broad experiences and skills— PR, marketing, video, advertising, sound production, public speaking, consumer-behavior— and my presentation skills have sky-rocketed; even my ability to connect with people has increased. Being in this major has exposed me to more than I could've imagined. I've really come out of my shell since my first year. I'm just so confident in everything I do now.
Champlain College has done an incredible job preparing me for a future career. With two professional internships under my belt, I'm optimistic for the future and feel prepared to handle whatever life throws my way. The world is truly my oyster.
Lee, Communications MajorKatonah, NYDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA