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The School of Communication Helps Better Student-Athletes for the Future

by Kirstie Russell

Student-athletes have a standard to live up to. Every athlete understands that they not only represent themselves but East Carolina University as well, not just on the track, on the field or in the pool, but at all times. It is not easy to juggle two practices a day, an average of 16 credits, community service and a social life. Although Pirate Kelsey Brosi would be the first to tell you how hard this lifestyle is, she makes it look easy.

Brosi is a junior on the East Carolina Women’s Swim team studying journalism. Following in her sister’s footsteps, Brosi knew East Carolina was the school for her and didn’t decide on her major until accepted to the University.

“I finally decided I wanted to be a broadcast journalist and looked into ECU’s School of Communication. I looked at their program and immediately fell in love,” said Brosi. “All of the classes were something I was extremely interested in and would love to do.”

A concern on every student's mind is whether the classes they’re taking are really going to help them in the future. The School of Communication makes an effort to prepare its students for their careers after college. The lessons and assignments taught within the School helped prepare Brosi for her summer internship with Sirius XM Radio. The internship taught Brosi how to write and record show promos, create show pitches to be used on air, and edit audio.

The opportunity with Sirius XM radio was “unbelievable” and the hands-on work helped to further her knowledge and experience in the field. With the help of instructors and communication classes, Brosi was more than prepared to handle the fast paced internship.

“This is exactly what I want to do in the future,” said Brosi. “I am glad to know I will be prepared for any job thanks to my classes.”

Broadcast Journalism is a highly competitive field. Continuing one's education is often advisable. Coming into college, Brosi never gave graduate school a second thought, until she realized the dream of being a broadcast journalist on a TV news station would be much more likely upon furthering her degree.

Brosi attributes a lot of her success as an undergrad to the sport of swimming. As many student-athletes will tell you, without hard work, dedication and large amounts of caffeine, being successful is not an option. Not only is she able to maintain a GPA of 3.6 but also she currently holds a varsity record as one of East Carolina’s fastest swimmers in school history.

“It means a lot to me to be a student-athlete,” said Brosi. “As an athlete, I represent the University. I feel accomplished to know that I am helping the University through my swimming success. I also am proud of myself for being able to do so well in both school and swimming.”