How to Make the Most of Your Freshman Year of College


College Freshman Advice from a CCI Student and YouTuber

Marisa Santillo, '23, is a Communication Studies major, YouTuber, a member of Kent State Student Media and the Kent Communication Society and so much more. On her own YouTube channel, she creates videos about college lifestyle and beauty. The College of Communication and Information teamed up with her to share some advice for the next group of incoming freshmen at Kent State.

Craft the Messages the World Consumes

The Kent State College of Communication and Information is the only college in the nation that houses programs in media, design, communication, technology and information, giving students the benefit of exploring how these disciplines interact.

We're ready to help you on every step of your journey. As you develop skills in the classroom, we’ll connect you to the change you want to make in the world. You might use storytelling or design skills to promote solutions for a clean environment. Or maybe you’ll use documentary video and podcasts to entertain in sports, inform in news or advocate for a cause. You can explore what some of our successful alumni are doing below.

  • Global Social Media Strategist

    Global Social Media Strategist

    From creating content and going on photoshoots, to working with influencers, no two days are the same for alumna Brittany Neish. Read about her job at Fortune Brands’ Global Plumbing Group (GPG), which includes Moen, the number one faucet brand in North America. 

  • Senior Producer, NPR

    Senior Producer, NPR

    Jinae West got her start in journalism as an intern at the Washington Post — always searching for big and bold opportunities. Now, 10 years after graduation, she's working as a senior producer for an NPR radio show and podcast. Read more about her career in audio storytelling, an up-and-coming field.

  • Digital Director, Hip Hop Caucus

    Digital Director, Hip Hop Caucus

    Since graduating, JaRel Clay has traveled the U.S. while working for one of the country’s largest public relations firms; created a digital media platform for a national security think tank; and managed coalitions for a progressive nonprofit focused on making the world a better place. Read more about his career in Washington, D.C.