I knew from a very young age that I wanted to make an impact on the world. Whether it was helping one person, one community, or a whole country, I realized early that I was destined to make an impact, big or small. No surprise that I was drawn to the Master’s in Communication program at ASU, which focuses on advocacy: being a voice for people, organizations, marginalized and oppressed groups, and yourself. I received a Bachelor of Science in communication studies, which provides endless career opportunities. I could go into public relations, media, business, marketing -- really anything you can think of. But, remember, I was destined to make a difference.
Suicide prevention and mental health awareness are two topics that are extremely near and dear to my heart. Having survived the loss of a friend from suicide and my own personal struggle, I knew I wanted to advocate for anyone else that has ever felt like I had. We can work to end the stigma around mental illness and suicide and help put an end to this growing statistic, just by creating awareness.
Getting my Bachelor’s in Communication helped to give this passion of mine a strong foundation. My ASU professors helped me build the skills needed to be a strong communicator, become an advocate, and find my voice. Getting my master’s further strengthened this passion and is helping me to create research that’ll make an even greater difference. Also, by working on my master’s, I have begun my journey as an educator. I work as a course assistant with ASU Online students, which has been a dream come true.
When it comes to finding the right degree for you, take a moment to figure out what your passion is. Is it helping someone in a certain way? Is it creating the best you that you can be through entrepreneurship? I have learned first-hand that with the help of the amazing ASU professors, whose primary goal is to build you up and see you reach your goals -- anything is possible.
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