Written for the Torch, Fall 2011
Growing up in Crookston, Junior Jordan Melbye is no stranger to the University of Minnesota, Crookston. “My dad is an alumnus of UMC and has been a member of Teambackers and the alumni board so we attended many Golden Eagle athletic events while I was growing up,” Melbye explains.
She went on to enroll full time as a post-secondary enrollment option student during her senior year of high school but decided she wanted to attend a larger school after graduation. “I really enjoyed my time at UMC, but I wanted to experience life in a big city while attending a large university,” Melbye explains. “My first and only choice was the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and luckily for me, I was accepted into the Carlson School of Management.”
Melbye attended the U of M, Twin Cities campus for a year-and-a-half and enjoyed many aspects of the school, especially the Gopher athletic events. However, much to her surprise, she found herself missing the ease of the small-town living she had been accustomed to all her life. When she decided to switch her major to communication at the end of fall semester her sophomore year, she decided it would be most beneficial to transfer back to the Crookston campus to save some money while she tried out the new major.
“The Carlson School of Management is a great school but it just wasn’t the right fit for me. After a few weeks into spring semester at UMC, I realized how much I preferred the smaller campus and the close, tight-knit atmosphere it provided.” Melbye made the decision to stay and finish her degree in Crookston, and couldn’t be happier.
Melbye’s internship with the Office of University Relations included a wide variety of responsibilities from researching campus history and designing flyers to writing and sending press releases. “This has been the perfect opportunity to put the skills I’ve learned in the classroom into practice while developing many new ones along the way,” she says.
When switching her major to communication, she wasn’t sure what to expect. “This internship has given me the chance to experience so many different aspects of the public relations field and reconfirmed my decision to switch majors,” she states. “It has been a fantastic learning experience and helped me discover the type of career I would like to pursue in the future.”
“This has been the perfect opportunity to put the
skills I’ve learned in the classroom into practice...”
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