Manship School Senior Works as Mayor’s Speechwriter

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Mayor Sharon Weston Broome (left) and Sarah Tadros

She’s young—a senior in college – but Manship School senior Sarah Tadros holds a position that some people work years or even decades to earn: speechwriter for the Mayor of Baton Rouge.

A political communication student, Tadros jumped at the opportunity after her professor, Bob Mann, recommended her for the position and encouraged her to apply.

Mann has a long history in the field of political communication—he covered politics at two Louisiana newspapers, then spent several decades serving on the campaigns and staffs of numerous Louisiana politicians, including Governor Kathleen Blanco, U.S. Senator John Breaux, U.S. Senator Russell Long, and U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnson. Mann was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in 2015, which explains his vast network of contacts who share opportunities for his students.

“I don’t feel like I would’ve gotten this opportunity if I’d gone to college somewhere other than the Manship School,” Tadros said. “I wouldn’t have had the confidence I needed to apply if my professor hadn’t suggested this job to me.”

Her first day on the job, Tadros wrote a 15-minute speech for Baton Rouge Mayor Sharon Weston Broome. Although she was initially apprehensive about the assignment, Tadros knew the practice would help her prepare for her career. As she continued to craft targeted communications, she could tell her skillset was expanding.

“I was writing speeches for big events, smaller ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and was writing press releases and helping my boss edit content too,” Tadros said. “Because of the experience, I’ve become more assertive and confident in my writing. Now I feel like I’m a much more talented writer.”

Those writing and speechwriting skills will undoubtedly help Tadros in her future career. Tadros plans to attend law school after she graduates from the Manship School in December. Until then you’ll find her plugging away at crafting thoughtful, community-oriented speeches.

 

 

 

 

“The first day I showed up to work, I had to write a 15-minute speech for the next day

“I was writing speeches for big events, ribbon-cutting ceremonies, and was writing press releases and helping my boss to edit content.”

“I needed to hear how she spoke to make sure I wrote the way she said things.”

 

 

Her first speech was a 15-minute speech, had a day and a half to write

As only a senior in college, Manship student Sarah Tad had the opportunity to write speeches for the mayor of Baton Rouge.

The political communication student learned about the paid internship through her speechwriting professor, Bob Mann, who has extensive experience in political communication under Governor Kathleen Blanco and US Senator John Breaux. Mann liked the speeches she had written for class and helped her get her foot in the door for the internship position.

Sarah initially wasn’t sure she’d get the position, but a week after writing a 15-minute speech for the mayor as part of her interview, using skills she’d learned in Mann’s class, she received a phone call informing her she had gotten the internship. Writing multiple speeches a week for the mayor, she says, has helped her become more “assertive and confident” in her writing. Additionally, she helped out writing press releases and editing. She plans on attending law school after graduating and believes that the experience and real-world exposure will set her apart from her future law school colleagues.

If not for the Manship School, Sarah isn’t sure that she would have this experience. She was surprised that her professor remembered her and thought to recommend her for the position. But with an average class size of 21 students, professors at Manship are able to be more familiar with their students and help them build professional connections that stay with them throughout their careers.

 

 

Your Professor, Your Partner

Developing a good relationship with your professors is important to your success here in college and beyond, and there are a few quick tips that you can implement to set yourself apart from your peers and to set you up to get ahead:

Go to class – and show up early!

If you have to miss class for illness or another reason, let your professor know as soon as possible so you can both work to together to come up with a plan for moving forward. Lots of professors have participation grades, and if you miss class and wait until the end of the semester to talk with the professor, your final grade can be negatively impacted (or you could fail the class!). The good news is that professors are reasonable and are often flexible if you communicate about what is going on. Having the flu is a good reason to miss class, if you have a doctor’s note. Being hungover, on the other hand, likely won’t fly as an acceptable reason to miss class.

Showing up just a few minutes early to class shows professors that you’re serious about learning and tells them that you are the kind of student who can be recommended for internships, part-time jobs on and off campus, and other opportunities.

Introduce yourself

Before you get too far into the semester, stick around after class to tell the professor your name, your major and what you’re looking forward to in the class. If you can find common ground with the professor, even better. Listen to see if you have similar interests, if you grew up in their hometown, or if you cheer for their favorite team. These small things can help a professor remember who you are—which is important because your professors can be key to helping you land an internship, summer gig, or a job after college.

Be an active listener

Put down your phones! You can do it for just an hour, we promise! Making eye contact with the professor lets them know that you are listening and truly sets you apart from your peers if the rest of the class is distracted by texts and Insta stories. If your professor can see your face they can better determine whether you understand a concept or whether they need to explain further to ensure you and your classmates are fully grasping what they are trying to teach. Don’t be afraid to participate in the discussion – even if you’re not sure you have the “right” answer.

If you don’t understand something or you have a problem, handle it ASAP

Professors hold office hours for the express purpose of helping students. Whether you need some career advice or you are having trouble understanding the work, take advantage of your professor’s office hours. Don’t wait until the end of the semester when you are about to fail a class to stop by a professor’s office – stop by early in the semester.

Professors want to see you succeed, and can offer additional resources or tutoring for you if you are struggling.

Professors are happy to see their students come to their office hours or stay after class, because it shows them that their students are committed to doing what it takes to earn a good grade.

If you need additional help or support this semester, the Manship School is here to help you!

You can stop by the journalism building to talk with counselors Rachael Mearman or Courtni Guidry, or you can always schedule time to talk with Dean Martin Johnson. The Manship School is here to encourage you, to support you, and to help you succeed!

Welcome, #LSU22!

Dear #LSU22,Hoffpauier, Dylan

I am so excited to have all of you on campus! I can remember on my very first day at the Manship School in August 2011. It rained – hard. My first piece of advice is to carry a small umbrella or poncho with you in your backpack at all times so that you don’t learn the hard way!

Another key to success during your first year is good time management. Many of you will get involved in intramural sports, leadership organizations, Greek organizations and other areas on campus. Get a planner that includes space per day for you to write homework assignments, test days, extracurricular activities, meetings, etc. This weekly planner sheet saved my life during my time at LSU.

I’m so happy to share that I recruited many of you to come to the Manship School at LSU, and I want you to know that I am still here to help throughout your time in college. While it is your primary responsibility to make your academic experience a great one now that you’re on campus, all of our faculty and staff here at the Manship School are here to help enhance your experience. My office is 117A on the first floor of the Journalism Building. Please feel free to e-mail me at dhoffp3@lsu.edu or stop by if you need help for anything at all. Our academic counselors, Courtni and Rachel, are located on the second floor of the Journalism Building. They are so helpful when choosing courses or mapping out what your future at LSU will look like. Scheduling an appointment with them is as easy as contacting Jessica upstairs at (225) 578-1899. Most importantly, I want you to know that every single one of the faculty and staff here at the Manship School are rooting for your success – please call, e-mail or stop by any of their offices if you need assistance, advice or just need some encouragement.

I look forward to seeing you and your fellow freshmen at our Dinner with the Dean event – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine—this Wednesday night in the Holliday Forum at 5:30 p.m.

Don’t forget that our New Freshmen Orientation is Wednesday, August 29 at 6 p.m. in the Holliday Forum. Attendance is required for all freshmen, and we’ll make sure that you get a tasty dinner and some helpful information about college.

See you soon!

Dylon