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Segue

A Newsletter from the Department of Mass
Communication and Communication Studies

Segue is a publication of Towson University's Mass Communication and Communication Studies Department edited by Garry Bolan and Dr. Alexandra M. Vilela. With the exception of the Chair's Message, the articles were written by students in Garry Bolan's Spring 2011 Principles of Public Relations and Integrated Communication class.

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From SGA President to Liaison for the Baltimore Collegetown Network

By Samantha Lozano

Kristen Guy completed her undergraduate studies in public relations and communication studies in 2009. Throughout her college career at Towson University, Kristen was heavily involved in campus activities. By her senior year, she was Student Government Association President.

"I really didn't know what I was going to be doing after I graduated from college," Kristen said. After serving in the SGA, she knew that her calling was to work in higher education. "My experience in student affairs as an undergrad really drew me to the field."

Currently, Kristen serves as the Student Outreach Assistant for the Baltimore Collegetown Network. She immediately landed the job after graduation despite the difficult job market. She spent a lot of time applying to jobs often not receiving interviews. "It can be very discouraging after multiple attempts. Entering the workforce after graduation is a challenging transition."

Kristen's job is focused around the Baltimore Collegetown LeaderShape Program, which is now in its second year. She serves as a liaison to students, campus representatives and the national office. Kristen's main goal is to spread awareness about the program and encourage students to apply.

One of the key tools in her job is the use of social media to maintain connections with college students. "It is incredible how quickly information gets spread in today's world," said Kristen. The need to keep up with current news and activities is very instrumental to Baltimore Collegetown.

As Student Outreach Assistant, Kristen is pushed to be independent and self-motivating. "I am hoping to further my career in higher education and pursue my Master's Degree in the near future". Removed from university life, Kristen has an open mind on her future career path. She recommends that students network and seek opportunities for internships. "Taking one step at a time is a good way to move forward in your career."

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