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Garrett Aanestad SCC '16

Manager, Chapman Fund
Chapman University
"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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Meghan Grace COM '12

Researcher/Author/Speaker/Doctoral Student
Vanderbilt University/Plaid, LLC
"I studied in the School of Communication because I found the topics so relevant and broadly applicable to a variety of fields. I found the utility of my courses spanned into multiple areas of involvement and interest."
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Makenzie Hendrix SCC '17

Co-Owner and Director of Operations
Vibes Beach Cafe
"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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Paula Pearl SCC '15

Advertising and Internet Marketing
Onestop Internet
"My Communication Studies degree has helped me tremendously in my career. Working in marketing, I am always communicating with people. Whether it is using the presentation skills I learned in Public Speaking, utilizing the teamwork skills that I gained in Group Comm or using the knowledge from Mass Comm to understand how to present different messages. I feel that having a background in communication has made me a more effective communicator which is much needed when working with large groups of people and project managing."
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Laura Roosevelt SCC '17

Senior Specialist, Paid Media Strategy
Vail Resorts
"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 COM '15

Co-Owner
Vizolutions
"The connections you make at Chapman are almost as important as the skills you learn."
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Hilary Smith COM '13

Assistant Manager, Indirect Procurement – Advertising and Promotion
The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
"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 COM '09

Director of Customer and Employee Experience
Experian Health
"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 COM '06

Digital Business Team Supervisor
Shimano North America
"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 SCC '17

Public Relations Specialist
MGM Resorts International
"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."

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