With the December graduation quickly approaching, some December grads took the opportunity to share what their experience here at SFA have been like and give advice to fellow Lumberjacks and future graduates.
1. How has your experience been here at SFA?
“My college experience at SFA has been great! I’ve made many friends, gained many opportunities, and have been prepared for the real world through my studies. I guess you can say I’ve had the full college experience,” said Communication Studies major and Leadership minor, Rob Espinosa.
“Overall my experience at SFA has been great! The town of Nacogdoches was just the right size. I have grown as an individual and made lifelong friends thought my fraternity, Sigma Chi. After I graduate I plan on staying active as an alumnus through SFA’s alumni association,” said Matthew Flaherty, Marketing major.
Tyler Libby shares his experience, “I have to start that question with saying my tour here at SFA was amazing when I was a senior in high school. I got a private tour where I was told of all the different perks of going to SFA. I wasn’t really thinking of anywhere else, but Texas A&M. After the tour, I just loved the campus and everything about it. It drives me crazy when I hear people say ‘I need to get out of Nacogdoches’ because I love this town and the people here and I’m a big fan of being a lumberjack.” Tyler Libby will be getting his major in Management and a minor in Sports Marketing.
2. Which class did you feel was the most beneficial to you?
“I feel like any class that Dr. Clipson teaches is very beneficial! I took his BCOM 447 class over the summer for my minor in leadership,” said Espinosa on his favorite class. “He teaches in a way that the class engages in the material being taught, so that we can use principle into practice.”
“Sports promotion was one of my favorite classes! We worked with Mattress Firm as a client and also did advertisement through SFA. Everyone in the class had a role/position that related to common careers,” said Flaherty.
Libby said, “In management there are a lot of classes where you feel like you will never use the material and then there are several classes where you do learn a lot. My finance class, I wish I would have paid more attention to for a secular perspective. It’s pretty cool to see how the world treats their money and their finances. I think the most beneficial to me personally would be my HR class that I took this semester. I learned a lot about how the HR departments of corporations work and how certain things will happen in the corporate world once I get out there.”
One Radio Television major and Fashion Merchandising minor, Justin Booker, said, “MCM 302 Studio Production, I believe was the most beneficial class because there’s so much to learn in the Broadcasting Industry.”
3. Did you ever attend any of the career fairs of take advantage of the career services?
Espinosa said he did attend a career fair, “The career fair was great because we were able to do mock interviews with alumni, and be able to talk about how and what interviewing and job searching entails.”
Flaherty also attended a career fair and said, “I wish there were different companies each career fair though. Possibly offer more of a variety for students.”
“I never attended a career fair or used career services, said Libby. “I was lucky enough that when it came time for my internship, I already knew someone who would give me one. One thing that I have heard from people who went to the career fairs, that I completely agree with is even if you are not going to try to find an internship or job right now, getting the interviews are a huge help.”
4. Do you feel that your time at SFA has helped prepare you for the “real world”?
“Yes and no. There is knowledge that I have gained at SFA that will assist me in pursuing careers, but once I earn a career I will have much more to learn,” said Flaherty.
Libby also said, “Yes and no. There are things you wish you could have done better or still continue to work on. I think that for me personally for my job itself, no. There is a lot to be learned through experience for on field jobs. I also feel that the college experience itself has taught me a lot on responsibly and being able to take care of yourself and make it on your own.”
“I feel prepared and ready for the “Real World,” Booker said, sounding excited.
5. What advice would you give to the senior that will be graduating in May?
Espinosa shares his advice for upcoming graduates, “Get your resume critiqued, start submitting resumes ASAP, and to maintain your focus on school during your expected graduation semester! I have less than two weeks until I graduate, and I can admit that my seniorities is getting bad.”
“Don’t wait until the last minute to work on your resume!” Flaherty said, “Take advantage of career services and practice interviewing. Research companies and different internships that are available.”
Booker’s said to juniors and seniors, “I will advise to have ready: a resume, cover letter, portfolio, list of references, letters of recommendation’s and an internship would be nice.”
Libby said his first advice, “Don’t let the semester go by too fast. It’s shocking to me that I only have two more weeks and I have no idea where the semester went. It’s quite amazing that it went by so fast and I really wish that I had more time to do things I didn’t have the time to do. It sounds stupid and care free, but live with no regrets. Don’t fail, that’s probably the best advice! Get your stuff done, but enjoy every moment you have here.”