KU student Caitlin Doornbos attended J-School Generations with Suzanne, and says she learned that real life might not be as cutthroat competitive as she feared. She writes:
“My professors preach the value of being a ‘team player,’ which is hard to believe in the competitive environment of college. As I inch toward graduation day, the race for internships and résumé builders seems cutthroat. However, J-School Generations’ made me a believer. My textbook came to life as I gained new perspective on marketing. As I mingled with these professionals with careers I dream about, they looked deep into my eyes and listened to the opinions and thoughts I had. I was inspired by their enthusiasm and brilliance and felt I had a personal cheerleading squad encouraging me to pursue my aspirations. I learned competition should not breed rivals, but allies.”
That’s what our “no-jerks” culture is all about, and we all wish for Caitlin (and every new talent coming into the job market) a place where creativity can soar and ideas are welcome.