By Sirdaria Williams, 2018 Manship Masters in Mass Communication Graduate
I am a true example that a Manship degree is one that can take you anywhere… even places you don’t expect.
During my time at Manship, I was Dr. Jinx Broussard’s teaching assistant. One of the classes I assisted with was Public Relations Campaigns, which partners with the Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) every semester to plan and implement an awareness campaign.
What I didn’t know at the time, was that assisting that class would eventually assist me in landing an amazing job after graduation. LOPA community educator, Lori Steele, who had been working with the class, approached me a couple of months before graduation about my plans for after graduation. I shared that I was in the stressful process of looking and applying for jobs.
A smile spread across Lori’s face, and she enthusiastically told me she’d been watching me with the students, and thought that I would be a great addition to the LOPA team. She encouraged me to reach out to LOPA’s director of communications about a community educator position in Baton Rouge. I did… and on July 16, 2018, I officially joined the LOPA team as a community educator working to #MakeLifeHappen!
I never expected that from the start, my Manship degree would connect me with a job. I never expected the organization I was helping students put together campaigns for to hire me.
You never know who’s watching, but because I was #ManshipMade, I impressed. Because I was #ManshipMade I ended up at an incredible organization, doing work I never expected I would be doing. So everyday I wake up, and help save lives through organ, tissue, and eye donation.
Thank you Manship for teaching me discipline, to push myself creatively and to work hard… even when you THINK no one is watching!