In four years, majoring in communication not only taught me a lot about myself, but about the community and world around me. Each course opened my eyes to new opportunities. My theatre course taught me culture, speech taught confidence, public relations taught networking, journalism taught creativity, and interpersonal taught humanity. With each course there was a new lesson both practically and metaphorically. In addition to my coursework, I participated in many of the Russert Department’s co-curricular activities, giving me a different perspective into the field. I served as President of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA); Secretary of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communications Honor Society; and Public Relations Manager for all of the on-campus theatre productions. I even worked as a work/study student in the main office of the department.

I treasure the memories and the gifts that the John Carroll University Russert Department gave me. These gifts have supported my journey towards my work today as the Director of Community Affairs + Special Projects for Positively Cleveland, Cleveland’s Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, devoted to impacting Northeast Ohio’s economy through business and leisure travel. In this role, I use many of the skills I learned at John Carroll, including public speaking, networking, and creativity, as I develop and implement community initiatives related to the growth and advocacy of Northeast Ohio’s travel and tourism industry.