They’re on their way: check out what four Columbia College seniors have planned after graduation
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Columbia College graduation takes place on April 29, and though it’s a common stigma that graduation comes with uncertainty and stress, many of our CC seniors already have a plan lined up. Today, the PostScript wanted to feature some of our seniors and their next step.
Kara Anderson, writing for print and digital media major:
Kara Anderson, writing for print and digital media major, has accepted a position at the United States Tennis Association-South Carolina branch, located in Columbia.
“I’m going to sleep for as long as I can afford and then start full-time,” she said.
Anderson credits her professors at Columbia College for making her the young professional that she is today. “I received support and encouragement from my professors at Columbia College that proved invaluable to my learning and development as a person and a professional.”
“They’ve offered wisdom, helped me get incredible internships, given me book suggestions on the regular, and offered my sobbing self multiple boxes of tissues altogether throughout four years of office visit breakdowns.”
Anderson was able to find her position somewhat through chance. “I originally thought I would go to a bigger city and work in some organization that focused on social justice,” she said.
Anderson’s senior seminar class professor, Dr. Helen Rapoport, signed the class up for a mock interview event the college was holding. Her interviewer at the event connected her with the executive director of USTA South Carolina because she knew the organization was seeking a communications specialist.
Anderson interviewed in mid-March and was offered the full-time position, which she happily accepted.
Elizabeth Howe, communication studies major, public relations minor:
Elizabeth Howe, communication studies major and public relations minor, finished classes in December and began working as a communications associate at the J. Marion Sims Foundation in Lancaster, SC.
“Columbia College helped me realize what my passions are and how to create positive change through my interests and what matters most to me,” Howe said. “At CC, I found my voice.”
Howe was an intern at the J. Marion Sims Foundation, an organization whose goal is help bring the community together, over the summer. She did not go through a formal application or interview process because they liked her so much they offered her a position at the end of her internship.
Howe was the recipient of the 2016 Savory Award, a long standing tradition of the school that honors the Columbia College senior who shows commitment to personal and academic excellence, ethical leadership, spiritual values and the well-being of the Columbia College community. Though Howe finished her classes in December, she will be walking at the Spring 2017 graduation ceremony.
Lesley Pena, psychology and child and family studies double major:
Lesley Pena, psychology and child and family studies double major, recently received her acceptance letter to the Citadel in Charleston, where she will be working to earn her Masters of Art in Clinical Counseling Psychology. From there, Pena plans to go into practice and eventually get her Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Pena gives many thanks to Columbia College for helping her reach this point in her life.
“The professors are supportive, and I had a really good support team,” she states. “Faculty was really supportive as well. I think that is the biggest help that Columbia College had to offer me: unconditional support.”
Pena specifically wants to thank Columbia College and the faculty, staff and students. “Thank you for showing me how to put the world on notice,” she says. “Thank you for helping me be on my way.”
Pena also finished classes in December and will be participating in the spring graduation ceremony on April 29.
Lainey Wood, communications major and art history minor:
Lainey Wood, communication studies major and art history minor, has accepted a full-time position at the Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia as a communication specialist.
Wood credits the hands-on experience she received as a student of Columbia College that made it possible for her to be offered this exciting position.
“Through the various opportunities given by the Center for Career Coaching and Professional Development, paired with the constant encouragement and insight from my professors, I was able to shape myself into a young professional, not just a college graduate looking for a job,” Wood said.
Wood is currently a communication intern for Washington Street United Methodist Church. She was offered the opportunity to stay on full-time after graduation.
“Of course, I jumped on it because I loved the job and loved the people I work with even more!”