STJR Program Prepares Student for the Professional Life
February 07, 2014
STJR graduate Christina Sumners never had a
journalism class before coming to Texas A&M for her master’s
degree. She still remembers the classes that have helped her
succeed in the workplace.
Christina, who majored in neuroscience at Pomona College, works
as a communications specialist at Texas A&M’s College of
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Among other
things, she writes and edits press releases and articles for the
college’s magazine, CVM Today. “If it involves writing and
it is coming from the college’s press office, I’m likely writing
it,” Christina said with a laugh.
But being a communication specialist nowadays entails more than
writing or editing. For example, Christina trains students for the
program and writes many of the college’s pamphlets for the
public. Also, she finds people for Pet Talk, a short TV program on
a local TV station where experts from the college brief the general
public about animal well-being.
Christina’s experiences outside the classroom as a STJR student
contributed to her preparation. She worked as an intern at
Science Editor and as an
intern for the award-winning science TV series NOVA.
Christina emphasized that the program also let her choose
classes campus-wide that suited her strengths and interests. “I
think the biggest strength of the program is just the diversity of
the classes and how you can really shape it to whatever you want it
to be,” Christina said.
Christina received her MS in science and technology journalism in
2011. As a guest speaker in STJR classes, she tells students about
the life of a professional science communicator.
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