"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step" - Lao Tzu
I decided to pursue a degree in Communication and Leadership Studies (COML) at Gonzaga in order to broaden my base of knowledge, increase my earning potential, and become more marketable to employers here in the Northwest. I had no deeper feelings toward a degree from Gonzaga than I did about any other school. Frankly, Gonzaga was my final opportunity to earn a graduate degree. If I didn’t get into the COML program I probably wouldn’t have gone to graduate school at all.
I have worked hard professionally to become an effective and creative communicator, and I want to continue my career in the communication field. The COML program will definitely help me achieve that goal. But, as I've learned, attending graduate school is about something more than checking a box to continue down a career path. It’s about becoming a leader.
Before I went to campus for my practicum class, Gonzaga’s mission and its emphasis on servant-leadership were nothing more than words on a page. The meaning of a Jesuit-based education quickly became evident as I listened to the professors talk about the COML curriculum with passion and purpose. I left campus with a renewed sense of commitment to the COML program and a much deeper connection to the university.
As I continue my COML journey, I plan on keeping my commitment to upholding the ideals of Gonzaga University and its focus on service for others. Becoming part of the Gonzaga family was not something I expected until recently, but I am embracing it and look forward to being a Zag for life. I only hope the basketball team will win a championship one day so I can celebrate as an alumnus instead of just a fan.
"Go forth and set the world on fire" -St. Ignatius Loyola