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Molly Caitlin McKinney (’12) developed academic as well as practical skills as a student in the communication studies program at Gardner-Webb University. “I was totally unaware that I learned so much under the wing of the Gardner-Webb communications department until I made it to my first job,” she observed. “The long nights in the Mac lab waiting for my project to render in Final Cut Express served as a real lesson on what not to do on the job post-graduation—procrastinate. The countless interviews for public relations classes with Dr. Lisa Luedeman coupled with lectures by Dr. Joseph Webb that seemed like something I should have been listening to in an auditorium at Harvard Law all created the experience, lessons and learning environment—that despite my thoughts at the time—ended up being most conducive to my current job.”

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Gardner-Webb University


Boiling Springs


Communication Studies, Department of Communication and New Media, Dr. Joseph Webb, Dr. Lisa Luedeman, GWU Cheerleading, LeGrand Center (Shelby NC), Miss Molly's Boutique (Shelby NC), Molly McKinney

Lessons learned at GWU provide insight in day-to-day job situations