Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Choosing a graduate school is hard. We know the number of choices is overwhelming.

Our mission is to provide prospective students with all the resources needed to make an informed decision. We realize there’s no better person to talk about our programs other than our students, so we’ve created a group of student ambassadors. This group represents some of our brightest students, and each person volunteered to answer your questions, address your concerns and fears, and give you a first-hand account of their experience.

To get in touch with an ambassador, please email Jennifer, enrollment coordinator, at distancesupport@jou.ufl.edu.


Name

Lauren

Program

Web Design

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

Advanced Web 2! It delved deeper into advanced coding languages and techniques. We also learned mobile-first/responsive design, which is a given in today’s web design industry.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

Time management was definitely a big one for me, at least during the semester I took three courses simultaneously. I was able to take ownership of my time by keeping a handwritten planner as well as a virtual calendar with reminders to keep me on track. Importing the course calendar from Canvas was immensely helpful. I also planned out my week by designating certain days for studying. As a result I no longer consider time management to be a weakness. In fact, it is now something I consider a strength!

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

As someone who came straight out of her undergraduate program wanting to change career paths, I cannot begin to explain how helpful this program has been. When I first found the program, I honestly couldn’t believe something like it existed because it just seemed too good to be true. My bachelor’s degree is in public relations (from the University of Florida, no less), and despite my background in communications I was looking for a transition into a more technical career. I have always had an affinity for computers and digital media and it didn’t take long before I discovered my love for web design. I realized a few weeks into trying to self-teach that I required a more structured approach to learning HTML & CSS, so after a short Google search I found that my alma matter offered precisely what I was looking for. It felt like fate! Now in my last semester, I feel confident walking into job interviews that I can be a successful web designer.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Take advantage of the resources! Get to know your instructors (they often go out of their way to help you!), read the materials, push yourself to do your best. Set aside time for yourself to study and practice coding. Fully immerse yourself in the program. It’s worth it!


Name

Alexandra

Program

Social Media

Current Job Title

Creative Services Producer at Graham Media Group

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

My favorite course in the MAMC program was Advertising and Social Media. Content is KEY in the world of social media and this course was the perfect way to put that process into practice. It also helped enhance my experience with the other courses

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced while in the MAMC program was definitely the adjustment period of being back in school the first semester. The funny and brilliant thing about the program is that be learning social media (social media management in particular) you pick up the time management and organizational skills crucial to making it through this program.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

Being an MAMC student has helped me tremendously in my career. Being apart of this program, you are constantly exposed to the current trends, tip, tricks, and best practices of the industry. Learning these things, you are able to apply the to your current job and help enhance your company while gaining the professional experience.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Take in every single last lesson and moment, even the things you feel like you already know what your professors are sharing with you. This may be a distant learning program, but you will learn a large amount from your peers and professors because of the different experiences they have. Stay open and take it all in! It WILL help you not only in this program, but also in your professional career.


Name

Ashley

Current Job Title

Senior Client Service Representative at The World Bank

Program

Web Design

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

Digital Imagery in Web Design, this gave me a better understanding of using Photoshop as a design program.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

Prior to the course I had very, very limited experience with web design so I had to do a lot practicing outside of class to strengthen my skills.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

I have been able to apply for jobs within my company that I would not have been able to prior to beginning the program.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Establish your goals and expectations prior to starting the program. If your goal is to move into a new career, research potential career opportunities to know what the requirements are in advance and really focus on developing those needed skills during the program.


Name

Blakeley

Current Job Title

Remote Graphic Designer, Moody River Living Magazine

Program of Study

Web Design

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

My favorite class was the Research Methods class, as I discovered a new skill set that I thoroughly enjoy: research and analytics. It allowed me to combine my new love of coding with my creative problem solving and critical thinking skills to see real results in digital marketing campaigns.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

The biggest challenge I faced in the MAMC program was learning whole new skill sets. At first, coding was definitely a little intimidating, and I was worried I would feel lost our behind. However, all of the instructors were really helpful in getting me up to speed, and my confidence grew quickly through group projects and collaborations.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

Being an MAMC student has given me confidence in my design abilities, and it has allowed me to take these skills to a digital platform and keep up with technological trends. This has helped me expand my list of opportunities after graduation, as well as strengthen a portfolio that I can take with me into my field.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Utilize every opportunity to learn and network. You will need the knowledge and the connections in the future!


Name

Amanda

Current city of residence

Inverness, Florida

Current Job Title

Dispatcher, Citrus County Sheriff’s Office

Program of Study

Social Media

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

MMC6726 Social Media and Emerging Technology was my favorite class because it allowed for my mind to wonder and actually apply what was learned in previous classes to what Professor Hope was looking for (real ideas for companies). I liked that every week was different. Her materials for the class were relevant, cutting-edge, and personally encouraged me to think outside of the box. Before her class, I had never realized how gamification helped social media campaigns, as well as being evident in every day advertising right now.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

The biggest challenge that I had while in the program was keeping myself motivated when it came to week 9-12 in each course. It was always the end of the semester, all of the projects were coming due and I just kept thinking to myself, “Just a few more weeks. Just a few more weeks.” It was always worth it. This is what happens in reality too. Just before a major project is due, you always stress to make sure that everything is going correctly, and that you are preparing yourself to submit the final project. I just kept thinking about how it would be great to say that I held my masters degree in a year, then 6 months and now just a few weeks.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

I am currently searching for a career that involves social media mass communication. I am currently enrolled in MMC6936 Professional Development and Freelancing and it is helping me prepare for applying for jobs in my career field. I hold a job right now that communication is essential, so this job is showing me how to apply that same communication within a job environment into more of a technology-social media type of environment. Holding my masters degree also allows me to have more incentive money each pay period added on to my paycheck.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

If anything, make sure that you turn in the assignments on time. Last semester I came down with pneumonia the first week of class. It set me back four days on turning in my first assignments for two of my classes. Right off of the bat, I was sitting at a 75% total grade because of my first assignments. It was hard to come back from that grade. You think at the time that something is due, “Oh, I can turn that in tomorrow and just lose 10 points.” Those 10 points add up when you get into the bad habit of doing that repeatedly in the semester. Just get it done that night, and make it through. Your grade is going to be so much better at the end of the twelve weeks.


Name

Jennifer

Current Job Title

Director of Marketing, Capstone Real Estate Investments

Program of Study

Public Relations

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

Thus far – I have enjoyed Corporate Reputation. The professor’s real world experience guided the discussions and the coursework helped with the day-to-day responsibilities of my job.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

Right now – scheduling. I travel for work and although assignments are usually due on the same day of the week I am usually in a different time zone. I’ve dropped the iCal feed from Canvas into my work calendar to help remind me about changing due dates/times.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

I’ve been exposed to research and articles that I’ve been able to share with the leadership team. It has helped shape the discussion and led to a more meaningful corporate communications program. The coursework has also confirmed my passion for the field.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Look at what you are spending your free time doing now and be prepared to give that up. With careful scheduling you can work full-time and take classes but you need to stick to a routine. It helps to have a supportive spouse who will cook (or order takeout) the nights you need to study!


Name

Mandisa

Current Job Title

Account Manager, Catalina Marketing

Program of Study

Public Relations

What was your favorite class in the MAMC program and why?

My favorite class in the program has been Corporate Reputation Management. The readings were interesting and enjoyable, the professor was very helpful and gave constructive feedback, and our assignments sparked fascinating, thought provoking conversations that allowed me to learn useful information that can be used throughout the duration of my career.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while in the MAMC program? How were you able to overcome it?

The biggest challenge has been learning how to balance my school workload and a full-time job. I have been able to overcome this challenge by staying organized and being sure to manage my time wisely each week.

How has being an MAMC student (or alum) helped you in your career?

It has helped me in my career particularly when I was job searching. When in interviews and employers would see that I was currently pursuing my degree, they always inquired about what program I was in, how I balanced my time, and how I could use the knowledge from the program to help me be more effective at the position I was interviewing for.

Please write the best piece of advice you would give to a student coming into this program:

Balance and time management are the keys to being successful and happy in both your school and work/home life. You need to be dedicated and hard-working but also know your limits and know when to give yourself a break.


Merit

Quick Facts

33-40 credit hours
97% Employment Rate
Avg. $18-20k change in salary
Stats & Rankings

Reputation

Application Deadlines

Spring 2018
Priority: Oct. 15
Final: Nov. 1

Summer 2018
Priority: March 15
Final: April 1

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