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Communication Studies Alum Named 30 Under 30

Congratulations are in order for Jessica McKay (COM ’18) who was recently named in Buffalo Business First’s 30 Under 30 List! Recipients under the age of 30 are awarded due to factors such as career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement and each nominee’s potential to become a community leader on a grand scale.

We recently interviewed her for our newsletter last semester. Read what she had to say about being a Canisius alum!

Where do you currently work and could you describe what you do?

I currently work at Mercy Flight as a Marketing and Development Coordinator. I help coordinate events such as our gala, open houses, helicopter unveilings, summer and holiday employee parties, and a new spring event that is currently in the works. Another major part of my job is to recruit, manage, and retain our volunteer base. In addition, I help with social media marketing, inputting donations, meeting and making relationships with donors, and various day-to-day tasks.

What are your favorite memories of Canisius?

My favorite memories of Canisius consist of long nights in the library with friends, studying abroad in Italy and traveling around Europe, being an orientation leader, and going on service trips.

What advice do you have for current students?

Always put the extra work in, it will show and people will notice.

Were you involved in any clubs or internships at Canisius?

I was involved in the Student Programming Board, Phi Sigma Sigma, Alpha Sigma Nu, Lambda Pi Eta, Association of Women and Men in Communications, Public Relations Student Society of America, and Chorale. I completed two internships on my own through the Albright Knox Art Gallery in the Event Services Department and Shea’s Performing Arts in the Marketing Department as well as completing two internships through Canisius at Mercy Flight in the Marketing and Development Department and Hospice in the Development Department.

How do you think Canisius prepared you for the real world?

I believe my internships prepared me for the “real world” in the sense that I was able to gain valuable experience doing the sorts of things I would one day do as a profession. I also took a great deal away from my leadership roles at Canisius through various clubs. In addition, I strongly believe that Canisius taught me how to become a better person for others and myself. I carry the ideals and values that became such a crucial part of my life throughout my time at Canisius to the professional and personal life I have post-grad.