Austin Czichotzki -
Communication Student Profile

UMC Communication Student Profile - Austin Czichotzki

I began my student career at the University of Minnesota, Crookston as an animal science pre-veterinary medicine major. By the end of my freshman year I had realized this wasn't the path for me and began looking at the other majors offered at UMC. When I came to the communication major I was intrigued. I was able to combine a very broad major with courses from other majors offered on campus to customize my very own course of study, which I found to be pretty cool!

My degree in communication has given me skills that are viable in many different fields, so it can truly take you anywhere. After graduation in May 2012 I moved to Chicago for an internship with an entertainment agency, Bass/Schuler Entertainment. It was through my involvement in Student Programming and Activities for Campus Entertainment (S.P.A.C.E.) that I was first connected with Bass/Schuler. With the knowledge that I had gained through my classes as well as all I had learned through student activities I was in the unique position to not only benefit myself with the career networking that the internship provided, but also bring my knowledge of campus activities and skill-set to my position.

Coming from a rural area, UMC was the ideal size for me. The small campus allowed me to branch out in many areas of the university and get involved in things such as student activities, managing the Information Desk in the Student Center, and working with University Relations, all helping me gain crucial skills and experience to be carried over into the workplace, while also serving as a second classroom where I was able to put the lessons I had learned in my classes to use and see firsthand how what was being taught truly matched what was being practiced. The small campus gave me the confidence to make the move to Chicago, from living on my own in the apartments on campus to making friends in a new environment I had already done it.

In the future I would like to pursue a job working at a university either in University Relations or Student Affairs. I know I will be well equipped for whatever position I find myself in because in the communication program you actually learn the skills that are needed for the current workplace. The teachers are constantly revising and changing the curriculum to ensure that students are marketable and ready for wherever their career takes them.