Cristiana Ventura describes her transition from high school to college as “kind of tough.” The UW Tacoma senior admits to not knowing what she wanted to do but she had a plan for figuring it out. “I knew that I needed to get involved,” said Ventura.
She began volunteering with the Student Activities Board (SAB) on campus. “I started meeting people, planning events and kind of found my home in the SAB,” said Ventura.
The 22-year-old Federal Way native graduates in June with a degree in communications. “I found out that I really like communications through all of the intro classes I took,” said Ventura. Digital media is another of Ventura’s interests, one which she will pursue in graduate school this fall at UW in Seattle.
For now Ventura is busy finishing up her bachelor’s while doing two separate internships—one at United Way of Pierce County and the other at Annie Wright Schools. She was recently hired as a communications associate at Annie Wright and will soon make the transition from intern to employee.
Curiosity and a desire to get involved led Ventura to choose a minor in non-profit management. “I like to research different careers and find out how I can get that type of experience, that type of requirement at UW Tacoma,” said Ventura.
Working full-time and going to grad school is a big undertaking. No doubt Ventura will continue the method she developed at UW Tacoma: succeed by getting involved.
John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or firstname.lastname@example.org