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Garrett Aanestad '16

Manager, Chapman Fund
Chapman University
B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication
"Outside of the classroom, the relationships that I made with amazing people- both students and faculty, further enhanced my confidence in myself and the way I think. Getting to work together with people who see things differently is one of the best ways to grow personally and the School of Communication provided that opportunity on a daily basis."
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Shana Makos '06

Doctoral Student and Graduate Teaching Instructor
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A. Communication Studies
"I decided to pursue my graduate degrees in communication because I want to learn about how we can improve people’s lives through communication, particularly those with marginalized identities. We have the opportunity to better someone’s life each time we communicate, and that’s not something to take for granted."
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Makenzie Hendrix '17

Co-Owner and Director of Operations
Vibes Beach Cafe
B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication
"My degree from the SoC has been monumental to my success! I even established such close bonds with a few of my previous professors that we continually keep in contact. I believe that directly reflects how invested the educators are at this University and a testament to the type of education incoming Chapman students can expect."
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Sarah Miller '15 (M.S. '16)

Director of Partnerships
Patient Safety Movement Foundation
B.A. Communication Studies and M.S. Health and Strategic Communication
"My communication degrees have been immensely helpful in my career and have taught me the importance of communicating effectively, both in my personal and professional relationships. As Director of Partnerships, I am communicating with people from other countries on a daily basis. I give presentations 2-3 times a week and the skills I’ve acquired with my communication degree have helped me overcome a lot of barriers."
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Laura Roosevelt '17

Senior Specialist, Paid Media Strategy
Vail Resorts
B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication
"What has benefited me most in my career is how I was “raised” to be a young professional by the School of Communication and Chapman University: sending handwritten thank you notes after interviews, speaking up in meetings, putting forward innovative ideas, challenging the status quo, recognizing it’s okay for the status quo to continue, for the time being, networking, volunteering in my community, seeking a life and career that align with my personal values."
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Tim Seavey '15

B.A. Communication Studies and B.A. Philosophy
"The connections you make at Chapman are almost as important as the skills you learn."
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Hilary Smith '13

Assistant Manager, Indirect Procurement – Advertising and Promotion
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
B.A. Communication Studies and B.A. Film Studies
"My communication degree has been invaluable to my career. The harmony of a degree that ties together interpersonal relationships, corporate communication, and quantitative analysis has helped me develop into an extremely well-rounded professional."
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Tanya Thomas '09

Director of Customer and Employee Experience
Experian Health
B.A. Communication Studies
"My communication degree taught me a lot about communicating and collaborating with different cultures, genders, personality types; how people respond to perceived conflict, what people need to feel inspired for change, etc. This knowledge and skill set have been completely critical to every role I’ve ever had in my field."
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Jade Tully '06

Digital Business Team Supervisor
Shimano North America
B.A. Communication Studies
"Communication is key. The best line a teacher told me in class about mass media was “you don’t tell people what to think, you tell them what to think about”. That blew my mind. I was hooked. From there, how we communicate and what we communicate taught me so much. From interpersonal skills to professional communication, I evolved so much as a person with this major."
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Allyson Wadman '17

Public Relations Specialist
MGM Resorts International
B.A. Strategic and Corporate Communication
"With every company I applied to, they were SOOOO impressed with my Strategic and Corporate Communication major because it was integrated. All the classes I took in The School of Communication made me a well-rounded candidate for the public relations industry."