Major: Mass Communication
Like many college students, Olivia Smith isn’t entirely sure what she wants to do with the rest of her life.
And she’s okay with that.
Studying mass communication at Towson University, says the senior, has given her the life skills and experiences she needs for whatever path she chooses.
“My major has really helped me with general communication skills and what it looks like to work with people,” says the Baltimore County native, who plans to spend four months in Guatemala after graduation to learn Spanish.
Having taken two service trips to Mexico, and a human rights and immigration service trip to San Diego, Smith has “grown a deep love for the Hispanic community” and hopes one day to teach English as a second language.
She is also passionate about mentorship. As a volunteer Young Life youth ministry team leader, Smith mentored high school students throughout her college career, “showing them that they are loved, valued and have the potential to be influential leaders in our world today.”
In the Department of Mass Communication, says Smith, she is on the receiving end of that same kind of mentorship.
Smith recalls how now-retired associate professor Sandra Nichols offered to be her adviser and guided her in exploring areas outside the major to help bring her future into focus.
“It really meant a lot that she cared about me as a person and not just someone she was required to advise.”
That’s the feeling she gets from all her professors, says Smith, who can reel off a long list of former instructors with whom she is still in contact.
“You always feel valued, heard and appreciated in every class.”