Advice from alumni

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    Alumna: Katie McCann

    Year of Graduation: 2010

    Major: Fashion merchandising

    Current city: Dallas

    Job: Wedding planner for Todd Event Design Creative Services

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Hard work pays off and it’s never too early to start looking for a job. My two-year internship turned into a job which not only allowed for a relaxing senior year, but most importantly, I knew I would be doing something I really loved.”

    Alumna: Lindsay Ray

    Year of Graduation: 2010

    Major: Entrepreneurial management and theatre double major

    Current city: Fort Worth

    Job: TCU undergraduate admission counselor

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Don’t be afraid to look for a job outside of the typical field expected for your major. You never know where opportunities will present themselves. Also, always know the alumni are here to be a resource for you.”

    Alumna: Shelley Whipps

    Year of Graduation: 1986

    Major: Nursing

    Current city: Leawood, Kan.

    Job: R.N. at Associated Plastic Surgeons of Kansas City

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Combine the great education you received at TCU with goals, hard work, a high degree of ethics, and a friendly, positive attitude and you will be successful.”

    Alumnus: Brandon Chamberlin

    Year of Graduation: 2009

    Major: Marketing and business information systems double major

    Current city: Chicago, Ill.

    Job: Management consulting analyst at Accenture

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Find a job that keeps you active, engaged, and that constantly challenges you. Don’t just look for something that pays you well, although that’s important, too. Transitioning from college life to the working world is difficult, but it is one of the most fun times in your life. Although you won’t be able to spend every Tuesday night at The Moon [Bar] you will quickly realize how much fun it is to be carefree on the weekends.”

    Alumna: Meghann Hewitt

    Year of Graduation: 2001

    Major: Speech communication

    Current City: Fort Worth

    Job: Owner of DeMaFille, a bridal boutique

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Be confident in the decisions you make and stand behind them. Don’t be afraid to take risks because you never know when they’ll pay off.”

    Alumna: Bea Dutton

    Year of Graduation: 1979

    Major: History with a double minor in English and speech

    Current city: San Antonio

    Job: Mother of two children

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: “Whatever you do after graduation, work hard and have passion.”

    Alumna: Tami Smith Dick

    Year of Graduation: 1983

    Major: Speech communication

    Current city: Fort Worth

    Job: Mother of two children

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: You should be very proud of yourself having worked diligently over the last four years to attain your college degree, and you now have an empty slate for your next phase of your life. My advice to you is to look deeply into your soul to discover what your passion is in life and dedicate your goals to be able to fulfill those passions. Many graduates settle for something too early that never meets their goals and never makes them happy. Don’t settle. Always strive to find your passion, and when you do, your soul will be fulfilled.”

    Alumnus: Dane Pearson

    Year of Graduation: 2008

    Major: Finance

    Current city: Houma, La.

    Job: Research/financial analyst

    Words of wisdom to graduates: “Run to your adviser and switch majors right now. Let’s face it, TCU has the best football team in the nation, and who wouldn’t want to relive college for another four years.”

    Alumna: Barbara Cox

    Year of Graduation: 1951

    Major: Physical education with a theatre minor

    Current city: Fort Worth

    Job: Homemaker and volunteer

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: “Try to do something kind for someone each day of your life, even if it’s just a smile.”

    Alumna: Nanette Dahlstrom

    Year of Graduation: 1978

    Major: Fashion merchandising

    Current city: Castle Rock, Colo.

    Job: Nan’s Bands Fashion Headbands

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: “Honesty is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and others. If you don’t lie you won’t ever have to remember what you said.”

    Alumna: Amanda Buschman Utter

    Year of Graduation: 2005

    Major: RTVF and theater double major

    Current city: Austin

    Jobs: Personal assistant to screenwriter/photographer Bill Wittliff, event coordinator for Austin Film Festival, voice over talent for dB Talent Agency, and is about to launch a photography business with her best friend, Kate Bowie, who she met on her first day of rush at TCU.

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: “Keep as many irons in the fire as you can. Something will come of your connections/experiences. Go after something you enjoy doing, otherwise the workday will be a long one. Stay humble. I made a lot of copies as an intern at the Austin Film Festival before I was hired, and ironically enough, I’m still making copies.”

    Alumna: Cameron Cornelius

    Year of Graduation: 2001

    Major: Psychology

    Current city: Fort Worth

    Job: Medical Device Representative for Zeltiq

    Words of wisdom you have for graduates: “Remember your faith, your family, and your friends are the most important things in your life. Don’t ever expect to have things handed to you…you will have to go out and do things on your own to truly achieve success.”

    Compiled by Meghan Chamberlin and Sally Harrison