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A Schieffer College Student Profile

Lauren Cole

  • Strategic Communication, May 2017
  • Previously attended Dallas Baptist University
  • From Maypearl, Texas

What led you to transfer to TCU? 

I could tell that my previous school wasn’t where I was supposed to be, and the difference between the two is virtually incomparable!

Why did you choose your major?

After trying out three other majors and feeling lost, I met Dr. Lambiase in Strategic Communication. I spoke with her about being scared to apply to the program and finishing school on time. She assured me that I would graduate on time and encouraged me to give it a shot. I got in to the program, I’m graduating on time, and I finally found something that I’m happy doing!

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I’m planning to go to law school and hopefully getting involved in media law. If I choose not to practice, the advertising agency life is a lot of fun and I’d be happy to stay in that as well.

What has been your favorite class so far, and why?

Design with Broc Sears. I discovered fun programs, and his class was an environment that I felt comfortable to fail in. I would keep trying and working with the different programs. Now, I have fun with the programs and make things for a few companies for their social media.

Which professor has had the greatest impact on you?

Broc Sears and Dr. Jacque Lambiase

Mr. Sears has been amazing. He is friendly, and he cares about what happens to you. He won’t let you fail.

Dr. Lambiase is one of the strongest women I know. She encouraged me to be part of this major, and she really is just such an incredible person to speak to and learn from.

What’s your most memorable learning experience?

I took Diversity my first year with Sears and Lambiase. Before that class, I had never really paid attention to the issues that surround diversity and how they affect me as a woman. These two helped bring me to that realization, and that class encouraged me to shoot higher than the glass ceiling. It also showed me that humanity is humanity regardless of fault or fissure.

Any advice for first year students?

Don’t think that you have to pick a major immediately. Find out what you are good at first. If you rush it, you wind up scrambling later to get it all done. You aren’t supposed to know what you’re going to do with the next 50 years of your life when you’ve only lived 18.