Amanda Baloun


Why did you choose to become a communication major?

I knew I wanted to be a communication major from essentially day one at CSB/SJU. I've always had an interest in writing, advertising and marketing. I love that I'm able to take a variety of courses to create such a diverse major. 

What makes the CSB/SJU communication major unique? 

The communication major is unique, in comparison to other universities, because we are able to get all parts of the discipline. Rhetoric, theory and media are all required and covered which gives us, as communication majors, such an awesome variety of paths to take once we graduate. 

What advice do you have for students considering a major in communication?

CSB/SJU is the place to get a communication degree. The communication major is broad in a good way. There are so many different ways you're able to apply it, whether that be in marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism and beyond. After four years, you are equipped with the skills to succeed no matter where you fall upon graduating. A communication degree from a liberal arts university is so great because of the general foundation you're able to build as a student - it truly is applicable no matter where you go. 

What has been the highlight of your time at CSB/SJU?

My favorite and most formative experience from my time at CSB/SJU was having the opportunity to go abroad. I studied for a semester in London and it was the best four months in the world. I was able to intern one-on-one for a professional vocal coach three days a week during my time in London and it was by far one of my favorite experiences to date. 

What has been the biggest challenge that you have had to overcome? 

One of the biggest challenges I have had to overcome was during my time as an intern at Pandora Media in summer 2016. This was my first official and professional internship directly relating to my major so it held a lot of importance to me. As a client services intern, everything about my position was brand new to me: industry language, responsibilities, etc. There was quite the learning curve, but having an open mind and being willing to ask questions when I didn't know something was crucial to my overall success. Learning how to be comfortable being uncomfortable was imperative, and I ended up learning a lot about myself and what I'm capable of. 

Did you study abroad? If so, how did that impact you? 

I studied abroad in the spring of my junior year for a semester in London. The best part about the London study abroad trip is that I was able to get both educational experience as well as international work experience. The London program is one of the only programs that offers an international internship, which was a huge selling point for me. Being abroad for an entire semester allowed me to completely immerse myself in another culture and become comfortable making another country feel like home. Going abroad truly does expand your horizons and allows you to become comfortable being outside of your comfort zone. If you're thinking about going abroad for any length of time, DO IT because you will never regret it. 

Are you involved in any other activities or clubs at CSBSJU?

I am the executive director of Up 'til Dawn, a study abroad ambassador and a member of the concerts committee within Joint Events Council (JEC).  

How do you anticipate using your degree after graduation? 

I would love to find a full-time position at Pandora Media. Ideally, I'd like to end up somewhere in relation to advertising and marketing in Minneapolis.