Nadia Caldwell: The Future Is Sending a Message

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If she could send a message to her 10-year-younger self, Nadia Caldwell would tell that younger woman to get ready for the adventure of a degree in communication.

Nadia Caldwell, '16Nadia Caldwell is excited about her future – and for good reason. The University of Washington Tacoma senior finishes her undergraduate work in communications this summer. In the fall she starts graduate school at the University of Southern California. Caldwell will pursue a master’s in strategic public relations at USC where she has been awarded a full-coverage tuition scholarship, assistantship, and a $20,000 stipend.

The 28-year-old entertained different career paths. She considered nursing, business, and education but eventually decided on communications. “I love writing and I knew that I wanted to use my writing as a way of communicating messages to other people,” said Caldwell.

The Tacoma native found her niche in a public relations course taught by Troy Brown. “I thought, ‘if I didn’t know what it was I wanted to do, I know now,’” said Caldwell. She put her writing skills to good use at The Ledger. Caldwell got involved on campus in other ways. Among other activities she served in student government and volunteered regularly through the Center for Service and Leadership.

Caldwell has mixed feeling about leaving UW Tacoma. “When I start to think about graduation, I tear up,” she said. “It feels like it’s been a really long road to get here.” And now that the moment has almost arrived Caldwell is getting ready for her next step. “I’m thinking of it as an adventure,” she said.

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Eric Wilson-Edge / June 3, 2016
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John Burkhardt, UW Tacoma Communications, 253-692-4536 or johnbjr@uw.edu