Everything I've learned at Champlain can contribute to shaping who I am and who I will be as a future professional. I realized my potential in areas I didn't think I had and that my true passion is in the corporate world and public affairs.
During my first year, I gave a TEDxTeen Talk on my experience of growing up as an activism journalist in a city plagued with conflict. That same year, I worked on the BREAKAWAY initiative, a gender equality project for the United Nations Foundation developed by the Emergent Media Center (EMC). We partnered with the municipality of Hebron and taught gender equality in summer camps. While in Hebron, I talked to the press and was the liaison between the EMC and the mayor of Hebron. I can't think of any college who has that level of trust and support in what a first-year could do.
The professional experience I gained from all my jobs at Champlain, paired with my academic experience as a student and my summer internship at Ketchum, shaped my confidence in what I can offer as a professional in whatever direction I take, whether it's attending graduate school for international relations or heading into the job market.
When I came here in 2012, I looked at communication as an opportunity to build a strong base in something that I could build my future on. I can say from all of my experiences that I have achieved that goal.
Mahmoud, Communication MajorHebron, PalestineDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
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
I've always had artistic sensibilities or inclinations. It came from playing video games as a teenager. I thought game art was something I could do. I got to Champlain and I was in the Game Art & Animation program for five semesters. I discovered where my skills were, where I wanted to actually go and that didn't actually align with the program. Now, I'm a Communication major, and I'm happy with the switch.
I want to write comics for DC and do voice-acting after graduation. In the Communication program, I trained in video and audio editing and script writing, which are skills I can apply to further my voice-acting career. My media and creative writing courses have been useful for writing comics.
The things I've been exposed to in and outside of class have really defined my artistic sensibilities and sharpened the direction I want to go in. I don't think I would be as focused or prepared if I had not gone to Champlain. And, I wouldn't have met the people I've become friends with. They are going to be the next generation of fabulous artists and creators who are going to change the world. I'm very fortunate to know them. I know certain people will be famous or influential in their circles and it's such a great thing. You wouldn't have that opportunity anywhere else; the fact that we have so many opportunities and sources for advice, counsel and general help is a massive advantage.
Tito, Communication MajorWellesley, MADIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA
I chose Champlain based on the Upside-Down Curriculum. I'd be taking classes in my major during my first year, and I wanted to start as soon as possible. I also really liked that all of the professors have real world experience, whether they're in the field now or were in the past, and I knew they would have connections for my career down the line.
The Communication program touches base on every aspect of communication. It's not media-focused or human-focused; it incorporates the two. And I like the hands-on experience of it as well. I could bounce around from one aspect of communication to the other, like from radio practicum to video editing to creative writing, and I loved that.
I don't think my education could have set me up any better. In my internship at Green Mountain Animal Defenders, I employed so many skills, like videography and media relations. Even in my internship now at New Breed Marketing, where I do social media, I'm able to offer more. It definitely gives me an edge in the professional world that I'm not one commodity; I'm four. They can hire me for one thing, but then I can help with other departments and do other things. I think that makes me valuable. I have no doubt that things will just continue to go up from here.
Olivia, Communication MajorAuburn, NYDIVISION OF COMMUNICATION & CREATIVE MEDIA