Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies

Mount Saint Vin­cent Univer­sity

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Julie Hatfield

“I’ve de­vel­oped a big pas­sion for MSVU.”

Iwas an ath­lete in high school, and that was my pri­mary fo­cus for go­ing into univer­sity. I spent my first year at Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity on an ath­let­ics schol­ar­ship for vol­ley­ball. I en­joyed it there, but my pri­or­i­ties shifted and I re­al­ized that I wanted to fo­cus more aca­dem­i­cally.

The Com­mu­ni­ca­tion pro­gram at Mount Saint Vin­cent fo­cuses more on the the­o­ret­i­cal than what a Public Re­la­tions de­gree of­fers. It’s less prac­ti­cal but more flex­i­ble, and fo­cuses on crit­i­cal think­ing. That flex­i­bil­ity stood out to me and al­lowed me room to choose cour­ses I wanted to ex­plore. In ad­di­tion to my com­mu­ni­ca­tions cour­ses I’ve taken phi­los­o­phy, busi­ness and psy­chol­ogy. I be­lieve that univer­sity is some­thing that you re­ally need to en­joy for your­self.

I’ve be­come very ac­tive in life on cam­pus. I played on the MSVU vol­ley­ball team, which was like a full-time job. In my se­cond year, I started work­ing for the In­ter­na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre part-time, and now I work for the Mount’s public af­fairs of­fice, where I write pieces for the school and do some so­cial me­dia work. I’ve de­vel­oped a big pas­sion for MSVU—and I’m run­ning for stu­dent union pres­i­dent so that I can be even more in­volved.

My amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence here has led me to want to stay in academia. One day I’d love to work as a pro­fes­sor. I love be­ing in a school and will al­ways be pas­sion­ate about learn­ing. I’m now on a path that I feel very sure of.

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