MA in Global Communications – Digital Cultures and Industries Track

What made you decide to apply to AUP? 

When searching for graduate programs, I looked for a university that offered a master’s in global communications while also partnering with the US military to support the education benefits of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It was discouraging that more universities around the world didn’t offer programs for veterans interested in digital communications, but after finding AUP, I didn't have to worry about that anymore! It instantly became my future home. For a final project in one of my classes, I created a website that helps other veterans find available programs in each partner country, so I can definitely say there was a high level of immediate practical application of my studies. 

What is the biggest lesson that your AUP experience has taught you? 

I learned it's okay not to be at the top of the corporate food chain. In the US, everyone is about status and performance, but since studying at AUP I've been reminded that oftentimes the most honest people and the individuals who care most deeply are those without recognition. I had forgotten that it's not always about the destination; it's about the journey. My journey here has taught me so much I didn't know I needed to learn. It's given me the perspective, both personally and professionally, to appreciate the growth as much as the goal. 

What does the future hold after graduation? 

After studying with such a global population, where everyone's normal is someone else's unknown, it's made me much more conscious of life outside my own understanding. I plan to return to work with the US government as a civilian employee in public affairs because I want to help control the narrative, steering it in a more accurate and transparent direction, in hopes of helping civilians and government organizations understand each other better.