Program of the Month Q&A: Communication Student Christopher Walker
Christopher Walker is a senior in the communication program at Medaille, a Pathways peer mentor, and an active member of WMCB “The Fuze,” Medaille’s student-run radio station. Walker's goal of becoming a sports broadcaster led him to choose communication as a major. Here, he explains how his education has turned that dream into something obtainable.
Describe your experience in the communication program. What stands out or has been a favorite aspect?
My favorite experience has been starting my own sports show that broadcasts live from Medaille Mavericks basketball games and runs off of the Mavericks Athletics website. I also run the weekly Beyond the Box Score podcast with two other students. I have learned a lot working with Medaille College Assistant Sports Information Director James Witherow.
What types of things have you learned about yourself and your career goals from your studies?
The communication faculty members have been true mentors to me. With their guidance, I landed internships that gave me hands-on, real-world experience and reinforced my career goals. I interned at WGR 550 sports radio, and was able to edit audio clips, create demo tracks and voice overs, and record my own tracks with feedback from the producer. This experience helped me see that the sports broadcasting field is right for me.
How did your study abroad experience in Italy complement your education? Would you recommend this experience to other Medaille students?
I definitely would recommend studying abroad to all students. It is highly rewarding to experience other cultures and see that our country’s way is not the only way. The professor of the communications course I took in Italy was a freelance journalist for the Washington Post. The course was challenging, but it helped strengthen my writing skills.
What is the best advice you have received from a communication faculty member?
Associate Professor Lou Pozantides ’86 always tells his students that “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” He helped teach me that relationships and connections with Medaille’s faculty and professionals in the WNY community are invaluable. I’ve learned that connections are your way in to show employers what you can do.
What would you like to do with your degree after you graduate?
My goal is still to work in the sports broadcasting field, either on television or radio. I would love to stay in Western New York but I’m open to moving in order to get a good job within the field.
What advice would you give to individuals trying to decide on a major?
I would say to take the time you need to figure out what you like to do. Picture yourself doing that type of work for the rest of your life and then ask yourself if you will be happy. The best thing to do is get experiences. Study abroad, do internships, get involved in clubs and extracurricular activities that will help you figure out not only what you like to do, but also what you don’t like to do.
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