A huge congratulations to Angelia Whitlock, one of our majors currently interning with Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, in Washington D.C. The following is a letter she penned explaining what the Department of Communication means to her, and she shared her next big career move.
“I have some BIG news, but first, I have a few thanks to give. I have said it before, and I will continue to say it: the Department of Communication is the GREATEST department at WKU. I have had several students from WKU email, text, and message me on Facebook asking how I have had the opportunities that I have had in Washington, D.C.
My response is always this: I have only had these opportunities because I was supported by a department that encouraged me, challenged me, and pushed me to succeed.
Last Wednesday morning, I had an interview with the Special Assistant for Commissioner Tony Hammond of the Postal Regulatory Commission for the position of Confidential Assistant. The interview lasted over an hour. The Special Assistant and I talked about many things not related to the job description. He asked many questions about what Communication Studies entailed, in which case I was able to incorporate our motto, “Communication is the key to a better self, better life, and better future,” and then I continued to share a few of the theories that I have learned over the years with him. He was amazed at some of the things that are taught in our department, as well as my interviewing skills.
After the interview, he said he would be in contact with me in the early part of next week to possibly set up an interview with the Commissioner. On Thursday (the next day), I received a call from the Special Assistant asking if I could come in Friday morning at 9 a.m. for a meeting with the Commissioner. I said yes, of course. I met with Commissioner Hammond, and again, we talked for over an hour (longest, most enjoyable interviews of my life). Before I left, the Commissioner said they would let me know something either way by mid-week next week.
At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, the Special Assistant called and said, “The Commissioner was so pleased with your interview that he wants to go ahead and make an offer. He was very impressed by the way you spoke and carried yourself, and we both agree that you would be an exceptional addition to our office. We hope you will accept.”
Here is a little background on Commissioner Hammond: Tony Hammond was reappointed as Commissioner of the PRC and sworn into office on December 11, 2014, and was elected to serve as Vice Chairman for 2015. Commissioner Hammond served on the Postal Regulatory Commission and its predecessor agency, the Postal Rate Commission, from 2002 to 2011, as an appointee of President George W. Bush. During that time, he was elected to two separate terms as Vice Chairman of the Commission and represented the Commission on the U.S. State Department delegation to the Universal Postal Union. He was reappointed Commissioner for an additional term by President Barack Obama and served from 2012-2013. http://www.prc.gov/commissioner/tony-hammond
With that being said, I am now employed full-time by the Federal Government under the appointment of Commissioner Hammond, all before even graduating from WKU, and I owe a huge thanks to you and the department because I truly could not have done it without all of you. Your encouragement and support has been the driving force behind chasing my dreams. If I did not have the Department of Communication’s support on the crazy idea to move back to DC to find a full time job while finishing my degree online, none of this would have been possible.
I really cannot thank you, Dr. Crawley, Dr. Kell, and Dr. Kong enough for the incredible opportunities you all have allowed me to experience. I look forward to seeing you at graduation!!”