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Alumni Profile: Carissa Mah

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Carissa (Medina) Mah graduated with an MS in Strategic Communication in 2017

Carissa Mah

What is your current position and what do you love about it? 

I currently work as a contract administrator for the Denver International Airport. I strongly believe in public service, and it is what I find most fulfilling about working for the government. 

How did your Master's degree and the networks you developed as a student prepare you for what you are doing now?

My Master’s degree and networks developed helped me refine my leadership skills and gave me the confidence to pursue various opportunities as they became available.

What was your favorite thing about your graduate experience at the University of Denver?

My favorite thing about my graduate experience was the classroom environment and open dialogue. Staff was very welcoming and inclusive, encouraging open discussion relating to the lessons. 

What advice do you have for prospective students who are thinking about getting a Master's degree at DU?

I’d encourage anyone to pursue their Master’s degree in communications. I worked full time while getting my Master’s, and, although it was tough, it was a rewarding experience that gave me a competitive edge in the job market. I’d tell prospective students that communication is an underrated skill that every job requires.