Communication & Creative Media Students

Champlain's Division of Communication & Creative Media features nine bachelor programs in some of the country's most innovative and creative career paths. Our students graduate from the Division of Communication & Creative Media prepared to think and act as globally-engaged citizens in today's media-engaged and interconnected world.

You'll gain first-hand experience both in and outside the classroom, learning from industry professionals and engaging in a variety of professional settings through internships in Burlington, nationally, abroad at our Montreal and Dublin campuses, and beyond. You can also gain experience through our Centers of Excellence: the Emergent Media Center, the Champlain College Publishing Initiative, the Game Studio and the Build Your Own Business (BYOBiz) entrepreneurial program.

Read our student stories below to learn more about the Division of Communication & Creative Media. If you think Champlain might be the right place for you, complete the form to the right and we'll send you information about Champlain.

*In 2019, the Game Art & Animation major was changed to the Game Art major. 

**In 2019, the Graphic Design & Digital Media major was changed to the Visual Communication Design major.


Jack

He Produced His Own Show

Choosing my major was tough. I was stumped, but after learning more about broadcasting and myself, I knew Broadcast Media Production was right; it explored more career choices, like PR, marketing, production and writing. I've always known I wanted to go into television, and Champlain has given me the tools and the motivation to succeed.

Appearing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon for his "Instant Songwriters" segment was life-changing to say the least. I got a huge burst of motivation to get my career moving, and my new show is my primary focus. I wanted to start my own late-night format show at Champlain, so I gathered a team to work studio cameras and produce segments, and picked very funny people to write for the show. Champlain is a big school on production. Between film, broadcast and communications, a lot of students are capable of creating great things. I was surrounded by the right people.

After producing and hosting "Lake Night with Jack Carpenter" during the fall 2013 semester, Jack won a College Television Emmy Award for the show. He's also signed a three-year contract with London-based talent agency Viral Spiral for his YouTube and Vine content.

Read the full press releases about Jack's appearance on Jimmy Fallon, his show, and his new Emmy!

Katherine

She never thought she'd be on-air.

I didn't always want to go into radio. When I heard an ad on Planet 96.7 about internships, I figured I'd give it a try. I never thought that I'd end up on the air.

I did the show logs and learned the language and symbols they use. I made promos for songs, or zaps—tidbits of songs that show what's coming next. I started doing commercials because they were looking for a female voice. One day, my boss let me do the late night show, but it wasn't supposed to air. It did, and my boss decided it sounded okay. Now I do the Sunday afternoon show.

From my classes at Champlain and my internship, my client interactions and communication skills have definitely improved on- and off-air. I've used these skills at the concerts and events Planet 96.7 holds, where I've met famous people like Todd Kerry.

Having an internship was an eye-opener about the real-world. I think the hardest thing to overcome is, "Can I do it?" I have so many interests, so I'm not sure what I'll do. I enjoy radio a lot and I love the people I work with. Plus, it's cool to say, "I'm a DJ." I also really love film scoring; I just don't know a lot about it. My hope is to move to Austin, Texas, and figure it out. It's a big music area with a lot of opportunity, and I'll just see what happens.

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Julia

Her Risk Paid Off

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 loved that everything is hands-on, and I loved that the faculty genuinely cares about their students. The experiences that I have had in classes are honestly what make 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.

Teagan
She's Learning What's Out There

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, kept us aware of what was going on in Burlington, and sometimes brought 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 came in and taught us what she was learning every day. And we use technology that was up to date. It was 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'm not worried about getting a job because Champlain makes it so much easier.

Tito

His major is full of surprises.

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.

Mahmoud

He's achieved his goals and more at Champlain.

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.

She has more to offer. 

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 liked 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 at New Breed Marketing, where I do social media, I was 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.

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Jean-Luc
He Found the Perfect Major

I picked Champlain for a couple of reasons. The first is that it is very close to my hometown. It let me have freedom while also giving me a safety net. I also liked how small Champlain was. It's very similar to my high school in that the classes were small and you get a close connection with the teachers.

I started out as an undeclared major because I'm the kind of person that wants to do a bit of everything, and don't like feeling constrained to one subject. Because of this, I had a hard time deciding what to do. Then I learned about the Creative Media program from Eric Ronis. It's a mixed major where you incorporate multiple majors within the Division of Communication & Creative Media together. That sounded like exactly what I wanted. I really liked all my video projects I had to do. The sheer quantity of them gave me an understanding of the demands of a real-world job. For example, I'm making videos on my own, using connections to get feedback and responses. It's been really satisfying.

Melissa

She's pushing her limits.

I was first attracted to Champlain aesthetically; it feels intimate within a gorgeous city. The architecture is this beautiful integration of old and modern, creating a campus that encourages community and inspires creativity. Champlain's interest in pragmatism—internships and practical knowledge—was also extremely important to me as an art major; I wanted to both enjoy my time in college and know that I would have a job in something that genuinely excites me.

Champlain's Creative Media major cultivates my skills in all kinds of media without limiting me to a specific area of the arts. And I'm starting to integrate my work into the community by participating in public works, like the South End Art Hop. The art world is notoriously hard to get into, so going to a school that really encourages internships, assists in getting them and is located in a place with an accessible art culture gives me confidence that I will have a place in my field before I graduate.

While I'm still in school, I'm encouraged to push the limits in both my skillset and my perception of what "art" should and can be. I've been exploring the intersection of poetry and visual art, and that wouldn't be possible in a major that didn't give me that freedom. 

Tevin
He Found His Voice

I came to Champlain as a Game Design student, but I quickly became very passionate about web comics and visual art. I switched to the Creative Media major with advice from Eric Ronis, the program director. Art was something I could really get into. Over the four years, it helped me come out of my shell. I became more expressive, I'm better able to speak for myself and stand up for myself, and I became more confident. I'm definitely more social now, and I've made a ton of new friends.

Something I discovered while attending Champlain is that I'd really like to try voice-acting. I voice-acted for a computer game called You Dunnit that a group of seniors created, and it's definitely something I'd like to look into after graduation.

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She learned from professionals.

When I first started thinking about college, I didn't really take an interest. But my best friend kept talking about Champlain College, so I decided to go with her the next time she visited. I came to Vermont and fell in love with Burlington. I looked at a brochure with all the majors, and Filmmaking stood out to me. I talked to some of the program faculty, and they were very passionate about what they do, and I'm a very passionate and creative person. In high school, I didn't think twice about what goes into a film, but decided I wanted to know what it takes.

Over the course of my time at Champlain, one of my most important opportunities was my internship with Imagine Entertainment. Networking is essential to the film industry—I got the internship because of a Champlain professor who knew Michael Rosenberg. I was lucky to further my connections through lunches with writers, assistants and executives, which gave me a chance to really talk to them. I even had lunch with producer Brian Grazer!

I've gained tremendous knowledge as a filmmaker about many things I didn't know before my internship, and I've learned from industry professionals. I wouldn't have learned about creative producing without them!

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Desiree
She's a Team Player

What drew me to Champlain was the atmosphere of the campus, as well as the excellent Game Art & Animation program. I've loved video games for a long time, and I decided very young that I wanted to make games. It was a childhood dream that I stuck with through thick and thin, getting me to where I am today. The opportunities I have been given and the knowledge I have gained are something I will always be grateful for. In particular, my production classes for the Game Studio taught me how to work on a team of vastly different people, all working toward the same goal.

Working at the Emergent Media Center was the first time I worked as a game artist in a team environment on a creative product during my first year. It was an eye-opening experience that very quickly showed me how hard I would have to work in my career, but it was also great to watch the more experienced artists and learn from them. My skills learned in the Game Studio prepared me for entering the industry, and I am confident that I will one day have the job of my dreams because of that. My experiences in multiple internships also proved to game studios that are considering me for employment that I am able to work in a production environment.

Desiree was the Lead Artist for SunBots, a senior game which was recognized for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2014 RPI GameFest.

Liznel
She Knows the Pipelines

I decided I wanted to be a game artist in my last year of high school. I had experience with art and I enjoyed video games, so I thought, "Why not put the two together?" I chose Champlain based on a combination of the school size, the location and the game cohort.

At Champlain, I worked with the Emergent Media Center, which gave me more insight into the workings of game studios and how to manage collaborating with different teams. It helped to have critiques every week from someone outside of the game team and also from our clients, who had little to no game experience and could give me valuable insight into the art I was creating. My semester abroad in Montreal was also invaluable in giving me a feel for what a games industry city was like and visiting game studios. In my junior year, I had the opportunity to intern at Mission Critical Studios, where I did concept and in-game art for a 2D iOS game. My internship helped give me an inside look at what it's like to work in a smaller company and what skills I needed to improve to better fit that role. These experiences and my production classes gave me confidence about entering the job market. I'm able to say that I've created games before and know the pipelines for common game industry work practices.

Liznel was a character artist for SunBots, a senior game which was recognized for Excellence in Art Direction at the 2014 RPI GameFest.

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Sean
He's Creating a Strategy

Sean uses his take-charge attitude to build a strategy for success in his education and his future. "Being at Champlain has helped me develop that strength."

"My work-study job at Champlain's Career Services Office as a student assistant has been an important learning experience. I schedule meetings, help with web seminars, host meet-and-greets, prepare for internship fairs and help students find resources in their job-searching process. I like being the one who helps everyone else get things done. Game designers have to know a little bit about everything: art design, programming, character, story line development and more. I want to be an asset to a game development team and help them feel proud of their work."

Carlos

He's learned about the industry.

Video games have been my life since I was a little kid. I'd play video games, listen to video game music, and learn hundreds of fun facts about games. When I was much younger I'd get frustrated at certain points in games, but as I got older that frustration led to analyzing.

Champlain was the first college to contact me, and they sent me information specifically about their Game Design program. The Upside-Down Curriculum really caught my eye along with the dedicated major. When I visited the campus, I knew I wanted to come to Champlain.

I've loved my experience in the Game Design program. I learned a good amount of history and began working in teams as soon as I started. During my third year, I studied in Montreal. I learned so many things not only about my field, but also the industry itself and what it's like to actually live as someone working in it. As a senior, I was with a team of people that I connected with and we worked on a project we were all passionate about. 

Finishing college was a very scary thing, but with the communication skills, resource locating methods and team experience I've gained from Champlain, I'm confident that I can fulfill whatever role an employer needs me to do.

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Alicia

Her classwork got her a competitive internship.

I originally came to Champlain for Professional Writing. After taking a few classes, I realized how much I missed making visual art. Writing is something I prefer to do for myself, and I realized I wanted to pursue a career in art and design. I quickly fell in love with design and am so happy with my decision to switch majors.

My classes helped me stand out in getting my first internship—not only because of my portfolio, but also because I could confidently articulate my thoughts regarding the design process. Additionally, a keen eye for detail in areas like typography and composition is something I've found is greatly appreciated both in the classroom, where I developed it, and in the workplace, where I apply it.

I learned so much from my internship at KSV, and they even extended it until I went abroad. There's always a learning curve when starting out in any career, and internships are the perfect opportunity to learn the ins and outs of your field. I've learned important technical details such as how to prepare files properly for print production, how to work with clients, and how to present.

I'm confident about entering the job market, thanks to both the quality and the breadth of the education I've received here and from my internship.

Mariana

She's influenced the youth of her nation.

I went to an American school in El Salvador, and while I was looking at American colleges, I saw that Champlain would allow me to study graphic design.

Once at Champlain, I started working in the Emergent Media Center (EMC) as a graphic designer for the BREAKAWAY Facilitator's Guide. BREAKAWAY is an interactive game designed to educate youth about the issue of violence against women using soccer as a global language. I applied my knowledge to turn this document into something approachable and well-organized so that teachers and community leaders could use it to teach about gender inequality. In a recent research study, BREAKAWAY has been proven to have a profound impact on youth, and the way the information is presented to participants in the Facilitator's Guide has an influence on BREAKAWAY's success.

I was determined to introduce BREAKAWAY to at risk communities in my home country of El Salvador. In November 2013, my goal became a reality. After securing financial and logistical partnerships with the United Nations Development Program El Salvador country office and the University of Sonsonate, the EMC team hosted a one-week facilitator training, followed by two 5-day youth camps in Sonsonate.

In addition to serving as a link and establishing communication and a partnership with these organizations, I organized and delivered training sessions to 120 participants. I never imagined that my 4000km journey north would enable me to positively influence change within the youth of my nation.

Laura

She wants that small business feel.

I've always liked the arts, particularly visual arts. My dad worked for a company that does a lot of printing material with computers, so when I started looking for colleges, I wanted to combine the visual arts with the technical aspect of print. Graphic Design & Digital Media was a really good fit.

The professors did a really good job in showing us the different fields of graphic design. They challenged us to push our design forward by asking questions. They never let you get away with something that just looks good. We had to explain our reasonings, which really makes you analyze your design and logic, and makes your piece stronger.

Back home, I did a summer internship at The Grommet, a small business that launches undiscovered products. I got to work really closely with a trade show they were putting together. I really liked having that small business community, so I think my ideal job is with a start-up or a small design firm. There are a lot of different opportunities available to graphic designers. I think it'll be a little bit of a leap, but Champlain has done a good job bridging the gap between college and the professional world.

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Hayley
She Followed Both of Her Passions

When it came to deciding which college I wanted to attend, I was terrified. I applied to Champlain because I wanted to expand my writing skills, and the Professional Writing major offered just that. But writing wasn't the only thing I wanted to do. In high school, I was blessed with teachers who really cared about me as an individual and they helped me follow my heart; I wanted to pay it forward and make a difference. I decided to do two things: follow my dreams by pursuing writing and become the best teacher I could.

On Admitted Student Day, I found my niche. I was coaxed out of my anxious shell in front of a room of strangers and asked to rattle off a poem I had just written. That action alone, the ability to make me be open, made it clear there was one place I needed to be: Champlain College.

The most important thing the Professional Writing program taught me was not to pigeonhole myself. Veins of opportunity are opening up in front of us every day, and all we need to do is recognize and act on them. If there is something I want to do, there is nothing stopping me except myself and my own self-doubt. Once you dispel all that, the possibilities for what you can do are limitless.

Tori
Her Connections Have Helped Her Grow

I've always known I wanted to major in journalism, if not professional writing. When I looked at colleges, my high school had a program where I could search for my requirements for colleges. Champlain was one of the first ones that came up with a writing program, so I applied. I really liked that the Professional Writing program at Champlain is not a literature program. I'm not studying Creative Writing through an English department; most of those emphasize literature instead of the writing aspect of the degree. With the Upside-Down Curriculum, I even got to take writing classes starting in my first semester.

My professors were so close-knit and student-oriented. They always checked in on me and sent words of encouragement. Warren Baker, in particular, had a lot of confidence in me and helped me grow as an editor of Champlain's online zine, The Crossover, and I was one of the head editors.

Champlain's connections in Burlington have also made a huge difference for me. I met my boss at True Tone Studios though Career Services' internship fair. I definitely wouldn't have met him, or gained the internship experience I've had, without that opportunity. Eventually, I want to open my own publishing house, and I am so grateful for all the opportunities True Tone Studios and Champlain have given me.

Daphne
She's No Longer Self-Taught

There aren't a lot of schools that have writing as a major, and when I first got a brochure from Champlain, I was really interested. I wound up visiting the school twice and I fell in love with it.

When I first came to Champlain, I just had my self-taught knowledge of writing, specializing in young adult fiction. The writing program here offered a variety of classes in several different kinds of writing, which I thought would be helpful in building up my writing in different areas so I could have a writing career when I graduated. They have technical writing, journalism, food writing, publishing and all sorts of other classes.

Coming here has really taught me how to hone my skills and how to write better, like editing my own work, and the feedback I've gained from my classes has really helped me accept constructive criticism better, so I'm learning skills that I can apply to the workplace.

Champlain has a place for everyone, and you'll be welcomed with open arms no matter where you are on campus. It's just a really positive place to be and helps you grow as a person, educationally and emotionally, and I knew that once I came here, I wouldn't want to leave. It was true.

Annie
She Wanted to Expand Her Horizons

I always knew I wanted to be a writer. Even when I was a little kid, I filled journals with poems and stories. When I started looking for schools with majors in that field, all I could find were Journalism or English, occasionally Creative Writing. That's not what I wanted, though. I didn't want to confine myself to just one type of writing or even one type of study. That's when I found Champlain's Professional Writing program. I knew right away that this was what I was looking for: a program that helped you expand your horizons and try different kinds of writing, not just one.

I came to Champlain in 2011 primarily a fiction writer, but three years later I would say I'm a poet, a screenwriter, a copyeditor and many things in between. I've even started my own blog, Udderly Bovine, about dairy-free living and humorously celebrating cows, as well as helping to build two other blogs for clients. The program pushed me to try all kinds of writing, even when I was sure it wasn't for me. I dreaded having to take Journalism my sophomore year, but looking back I realize that even though I'm still confident I will never be a journalist, I learned so much in that class that is applicable not only to writing but to my life as well.

Because of Champlain, I know more about who I am and all I am capable of.

Shea

She's Found New Passions

I've known I wanted to be a writer for a long time. In high school, I became really involved in journalism and thought I would pursue that field in college.

When I got an email from Champlain about the Professional Writing program, I really liked that I could take courses in a wide range of other writing genres, not just journalism. The fact that the program was both flexible and focused at the same time was incredibly appealing. Plus, a lot of students had been published before they even graduated, which I thought was amazing. I applied for Early Decision without even visiting the school. I felt like Champlain was where I belonged.

When I started college, I found new passions. I'm focused on copyediting and publishing, and Champlain allowed me to really tailor my education toward those interests. I have a Publishing specialization and have taken courses outside my program in graphic design, art and web development, making me a more valuable asset to a publishing company. I also have four years of experience as a writing intern; one year as a proofing/copyediting intern; and one year as an Editor-in-Chief of the College's student-run literary magazine, Willard & Maple.

I've done so much more than I thought was possible because of Champlain. I can't wait to see what I'll accomplish in the future.

Tyler
He Has Goals

When I came to Champlain, I enrolled in Game Art & Animation, but I realized that Game Art was not the right major for me. Now I'm studying Professional Writing and looking at completely different career paths because of the different avenues of writing I've been exposed to.

I want to work in journalism for a while. Being an editor for Champlain's online newspaper The Crossover was stressful, but fantastic. I came up with the Arts & Entertainment section on my own, and I decided our mission statement would be, "Boredom is our enemy." Most of my writers had no experience in journalism; they were just interested in arts and entertainment. I managed to cultivate that interest to the point where one, a game programmer who had never written before, actually got a job writing for a game site because of the work I edited for him.

I'm also thinking about publishing. I'm interested in experimental and modernist novels, like House of Leaves and Ulysses, which is what's currently drawing me toward the publishing field. I'm also interested in the potential of interactive novels, such as the iOS game Device 6, which provided inspiration for my Capstone project.

Ultimately, my goal is to be a screenwriter for TV. I want to be a show-runner. I love the idea of having complete control over the creative aspects of a show.

Amanda

She improved her craft.

I've known that I wanted to be a writer ever since I was young, so when I was looking for colleges, I wanted a place that offered a degree in writing specifically, not just English with a concentration in writing. When I found Champlain's Professional Writing program with its Upside-Down Curriculum, and met the professors, I instantly knew that this was a place that got it. There was a focus on not only helping you pursue your passion and improving your craft, but also helping you to get a job after graduation. I applied Early Decision I to the Professional Writing program and was ecstatic when I was accepted.

I absolutely love the Professional Writing program here. No matter what kind of writing you are interested in—game writing, poetry, fiction, journalism—you can tailor the classes you take to achieve your goals. And the professors here want to see you succeed. They are knowledgeable, talented people whose insight and feedback I value immensely. They push me to be a better writer and my craft has already improved in the three semesters I've been here.

Through my classes and being an editor for Willard & Maple, Champlain's literary magazine, I've learned what makes a piece of writing great and how to apply these skills to my own work. My writing has definitely improved as a result, and I can't wait to learn how to get my work published.

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Olivia
Her Confidence Has Grown

I chose the Public Relations program because it encompassed my natural talents, as well as gave me the tools I needed to foster my skills to help me succeed in the industry. A few weeks after arriving at Champlain, I interviewed for the position of a PR writer, where I would have the opportunity to get my work published by Champlain and tell more people about the college I'm so passionate about. I ended up getting the job and became the only first-year PR major in the office. I was extremely nervous at first, and not very confident that I was ready or had what it took to produce the caliber of writing that was needed.

Now, I feel more than confident that I can pursue those job and internship opportunities that usually only students in older grades feel confident to go for. It feels pretty good when people in your classes come up to you and say, "I loved that article! That's exactly how I felt, too!" Throughout my first year, I learned and grew so much, being in a place where I got real-life experience as a first-year student, and I know that I'll keep growing even more.

Taylor

Public Relations chose her.

I came to Champlain as a Communication major, but throughout my first year and a half, I just wasn't passionate about it. Spring semester of my sophomore year, I took Principles of Public Relations. I loved everything about it from day one. It was everything I had been missing. It combined writing, creativity, social media, some business aspects and people—all skills that are ideal for me to possess and show off. Less than a week later, I was officially a Public Relations major. PR chose me more than I chose it.

Champlain really stresses the more internships you have, the better. I wanted to take advantage of that to better my chances of getting a job right after graduation. I interned at PMG Public Relations, and it was a really hands-on experience of what it's like to work in a PR office.

This internship gave me a competitive advantage and will be beneficial when it comes to finding another internship since I will already know what I am doing on many levels. With the combination of LEAD, Core, major-related classes and a few internships under my belt, I'm positive that Champlain has equipped me with what I need to know going forward.

Madeline

Public Relations is where she'll thrive.

I came into Champlain undecided, and I realized Publics Relations was a perfect fit for me. PR incorporated my writing skills and desire to talk to people with graphic design and marketing. I've also always been interested in the background behind social media works and how magazines are laid out.

Shortly after coming here, I got involved with Chivomengro. Once I understood blogging, I started maintaining its social media. It was really helpful for me to practice the tools I'll be using after graduation.

In one of my classes, we had to come up with an entire PR campaign for Green Mountain Adventures Camp, a fictional project. I created events that we could do to promote the camp and devised a whole media kit. It ended up being 30-something pages, and I always include it in my portfolio that I give to future clients/employers. They are always really impressed by how everything is really put together.

I learned how to write so many different things needed for PR publications and that project just made me really proud. It also made me realize that I need to start building up more of a portfolio.

I'm really excited to go and dive into the job market. I feel like that is really where I'm going to thrive. Between the classes and internships I've had, I don't think it will be hard to find a job I like.

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