Life as an EMU Grad Student

Hey fellow Eagles! Congrats on the end of another school year done and over with! It’s really quite an indescribable feeling not having to worry about HOMEWORK! That in itself is a break enough for you to capture your thoughts, breathe and relax in the sunshine. As summer approaches, being outside has been on my mind a lot lately, however, as a graduate student at EMU my summers have changed. In fact, a lot of my life has changed in merely just one semester. I bet you could relate, huh?

My name is Courtney Carroll, I graduated Eastern Michigan University in December 2017 with my Bachelors Degree in Communication and Public Relations. Prior to graduation, I was a part of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) at EMU and worked in the Marketing Office as a student intern, focusing on Social Media Marketing. As a 23 year-old EMU Grad, I was on the fence with my life after graduation. That was when I was offered the opportunity that would practically make my decision for me.

The Opportunity

Be a Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Office.

The Decision


This opportunity lead me to a world of connections and resources that has better equip me with transitioning out of college and into the real world – when that time comes in just over a year.

Through studying Integrated Marketing Communications through the College of Business’ two-year online program, I have been able to work consistently throughout the week in the office with remaining time left in my days to do homework when I get home. I would have to say the best part is doing it all online. Although in undergrad online classes weren’t my favorite, I have grown to like the free-time and flexibility they have to offer. In addition, this has really allowed me to better manage my time to adjust to a full-time working schedule.

While I understand not everyone has the same experiences in graduate school, for me it has been quite a pleasure to interact with a variety of individuals who all have a very diverse background. Entering graduate school right after undergrad has to have been one of the best decision I have made thus far in my life. It has taught me that I am nowhere near ‘knowing everything’ and has provided me with the additional knowledge needed to succeed in marketing and social media.

If you are interested in learning more about the College of Business’s IMC Graduate Program, visit their website.

If you are interested in applying to graduate school at EMU and would like to know more about becoming a Graduate Assistant, visit their website.

About the Writer

Courtney Carroll is an EMU Alum who works as a Graduate Assistant in the Marketing Office. Specifically focusing on the University’s Instagram and Snapchat account, she also handles the GoSocial Team and the Swoop Mascot program. In her free time, she enjoys being outside with her dog Tucker or on the water soaking up the sun. Catch up with Courtney on Instagram and Twitter @courtneyjjayne.