Getting to know me

I’d like to begin this medium post with a basic but necessary introduction. My name is Gary Leverton, and I was born and raised in a small town called Cambridge, which is located about 20 minutes away from Madison. My first two years of Marquette were devoted to journalism. Yet, I decided it wasn’t for me and made the switch to public relations.

The most important thing for you to know is I prefer hands on material. Lectures are fine, but my best experiences in any class have come through doing something, making a few mistakes and becoming better because of that process.

This ties into what I wish was different about school. Like I previously stated, lectures are very important and necessary, but the best learning anybody can gain is done through a hands on process. This is especially true in public relations.

Professor Lowe’s class last year was some of the most engaging and rewarding work I have done at Marquette so far. Although I decided to pursue public relations instead of journalism, everything I learned in that class will be valuable in the future. It was such a positive moment because the work I did in that class didn’t feel pointless or unnecessary. Instead, it required me to use a variety of skills to produce something that mattered. My midterm project on Rhondi Love and the impact she has made to the Milwaukee community was published on NNS, a local publication.

I believe most teachers think I’m well educated, intelligent and quiet. If this is actually true, I don’t really have any complaints. One teacher that knew me really well was Mrs. Clapham, my English teacher freshman year. I was quiet in class for the most part, but I always would turn in A quality work and would go to her office hours often to improve my writing in anyway possible. She got to know me during office hours. Since I was fairly quiet in class, she used this time to get to know me and help strengthen my papers.

If I could build a school, it would be medium sized like Marquette and located right outside of a city. This would give it a smaller college feel, while keeping big city opportunities possible for students.

I wish you could ask me about the power of social media and how to use it effectively in building a campaign for a company.

A great weekend for me always involves football. I love nothing better then sitting down, and enjoying a full weekend of college and NFL games. Especially if the Chicago Bears and Wisconsin Badgers are victorious. That is everything I can think of. I can’t wait to enjoy every Tuesday night learning more about this class.

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