This story has been in the making for a while.
Two of the articles that I’ve written over the Fall 2016 semester have been for my Communications 201 class: My TSU Annual Art Show article (A campus event story) and my Project Rebound article (A campus/community issue story). This is the third and final one for that class, a campus profile story that I wrote about Anakaren Cárdenas Ureño.
Anakaren is a graduate student at Cal State Fullerton studying Public Relations, specifically crisis communications. She did her undergraduate studies at the campus as well.
While still completing her graduate program, Anakaren was hired onto the CSUF College of Communication’s staff in September to be the college’s Digital Communications Specialist. Essentially, she runs all the social media for the college to try and bolster a sense of community among students at a commuter campus.
“That’s one of my biggest things: making sure we’re putting out information that students care about,” she said.
Ankara is also a first-generation student: the first person in her family to go to graduate school. A few teachers she has had at CSUF reflected on not only on how much of a smart and capable student and employee she is, but also how her background and age makes her a perfect candidate for the job she has been hired to do at a diverse university such as this one.
“She asks very good questions, and when I throw a discussion topic out, she’s thoughtful and articulate,” said Dean Kazoleas, Ph.D., communications professor and director of the Maxwell Center for International Communications. “She’s a very intelligent woman.”
I’ve had this article for quite some time, the problem with it mainly involved getting access to sources.
Even before Thanksgiving Break many of the people I tried to talk to were busy, so although I was able to set things up before our week off, the story still wasn’t able to be published until now.
Between Anakaren, her two teachers and the director of online and social media engagement at CSUF, I had some pretty interesting sources, and got a pretty nice breadth of knowledge and opinions on how important social media can be for engagement with a college.
As someone who isn’t a hugely social media-oriented person, it was pretty eye-opening.
If you want to see the story in its entirety, you can see it here. You can also check out my whole archive of work for the Daily Titan through the link over on the right!