Graduate degree(s): Master of Arts (MA) from the School of Journalism (College of Communication).
Favorite class(es): Government courses on Eastern European politics with Dr. Zoltan Barany.
Moving from college to career:
My undergraduate degree reflected my strong interest in government and politics, and it very much paved the way for my initial employment after college. My interest in the field, coupled with paid and unpaid internships during my time as an undergrad, led me to a job at the Capitol, writing and supporting then-Secretary of State Tony Garza.
I chose to pursue a master's degree several years after joining the workforce full time. I was blessed with the opportunity to pursue an advanced degree while continuing to work in a full time capacity.
My undergraduate degree is in government, and my master's is in journalism. An undergraduate internship with a state political party laid the ground work for some of my early professional experiences. I consider fellow UT alum former Ambassador Antonio O. Garza to be a mentor. He's someone that instilled in me early the value of public service as a profession and allowed me to grow considerably while working in communications for him in various capacities over the past 14 years.