Transition Smooth for Recent Grad

Shaunielle Abreu

Graduated May 2010
Currently working for Loma Linda University Health Services as Management Resident  

"My favorite class would have to be a Community Development class that I completed with Dr. Delyse Steyn during a summer intensive program. The class brought together Masters level students from around the world. It was an eye-opening experience to discuss various topics with people who have traveled, as well as live and worked overseas. Many of the students brought world perspectives from working in third-world relief agencies.

A favorite memory from the Communication Department would be involvement in PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society). The interaction with fellow classmates outside of class gave us the opportunity to get to know one another on a personal level. Coupled with that was the ability to use our skills outside the classroom and put them to good use helping the community. Pet Fest 2009 and our collection for the homeless in 2010 were both successful events. I also loved the monthly graduate colloquiums. This was always an opportunity to discuss with other graduate students in the Communication program struggles and/or questions. We were given valuable information about program deadlines. I miss the fellowship with other graduate students now.

I am happy to report that my transition from the education world to the work force has been smooth, thus far. The internship requirement of the MA Communication program gave me the necessary experience needed to enter the healthcare field. Armed with the internship, I applied for the Management Residency program at Loma Linda University Medical Center. I am currently into my second rotation/fourth month and am loving it! I feel very prepared by the professor’s guidance at Andrews University and am very happy with the field of healthcare that I have chosen to work in.

I would highly recommend the MA Communication Studies program to anyone who asks me! I believe the customizable nature of this program allows for the student to find their “niche”, while getting a quality education. I also believe that when taken seriously, the program well equips students to face the “real world”. I would not trade my experience at Andrews University to anything! A big thanks to the professors who helped make my undergrad and graduate experience one in a million! I will be forever grateful for the guidance and advice provided many times over."

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