University of Utah Communication - Francisco Samienga

by Kelsey Szukhent

This interview is with Francisco Samienga, a communication major expecting to graduate from the University of Utah in 2016. We recently spoke with him about his experience within his program and what he's planning to do with his professional future.

What has your experience in the program been like at University of Utah? 
Being part of the College of Humanities has been a great experience. I have collaborated with many professors to enhance the effectiveness of any ongoing projects that built my ability in relation to the communication field.

Were there other schools you were considering, and if so, why did you choose this one? 
I wasn’t considering any other schools. The reason for this was that at the time I wanted something affordable and close to home. The University of Utah was the perfect fit.

Francisco Samaniega

What influenced you to pursue a degree in communication?
An interest in marketing, advertising and public relations influenced me to pursue a communication degree. 

What is your favorite class so far, and why?
My favorite class has been Strategic Communication 4580 taught by Jake Jensen. He has such a passion for teaching and it is inspiring to experience.

What is unique about the nature of your major’s classes?
My major offers a unique array of major sequences depending on the student’s interest, whether it be journalism, strategic communication, communication studies, environmental communication, etc.

What are the best ways to network with your peers within your major?
The best way to network with my peers is during class collaborations, college community events and luncheons.

Have you participated in any internships?
I did participate in many internships relating to marketing, finance and health. These internships helped me determine that I am passionate about different fields. The University of Utah’s resources were essential to being admitted into these internships. Being affiliated to a top educational institution was important when applying.

What are your future career plans and aspirations?
My future career plans are to eventually become an entrepreneur and be my own boss.

What has been the most challenging aspect of this area of study, and was this something you had originally anticipated?
The most challenging aspect of this area of study has been the statistics that go into communication research, I had not anticipated the amount of research that went into communication.

What advice would you give someone else trying to break into this field?
I would advise them to take advantage of the opportunities that are available to build their career, even if it seems way over your head and out of reach.

Is there anything you wish you had known about this major ahead of time before choosing this career path?
I wish I would have known the amount of research that can come with this field.

How are you financing your education, and what are your most helpful online resources or tools?
Without grants or scholarships, I would not have been able to afford school. University resources were extremely helpful to identify necessary grant resources.

What resources or information would you like to help you think about your career that you’re not currently getting?
I was able to have access to all the information needed to help me in my career options. It was just up to me to see what I really wanted.

What is the best piece of advice related to your field of study that you have received?
I can’t single out one piece of advice from the many mentors I consulted about my educational experience. But the jist of all their commentary was basically to build opportunity to reach my own personal goals.

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