15 to Finish: Angelica Smith Begins Her Career After Four Great NKU Years

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NKU alumna Angelica Smith, right, earned her Bachelor of Arts in electronic media and broadcasting in four years.

“College is expensive and although you want to have fun,
you have to realize that the reason you are there is to graduate…”

By Tom Ramstetter
NKU Marketing + Communications

Angelica Smith was never just going to show up and get a degree at Northern Kentucky University and get out. She was involved in several organizations and became a leader on campus during her four years.

But she wasn’t going to linger either.

The 2014 graduate earned her Bachelor of Arts in electronic media and broadcasting from the College of Informatics in four years. That’s an average of 30 credits each year.

“The benefits of challenging yourself to 15 credit hours per semester and graduating in four years is that you will not lag out your education,” Angelica says. “College is expensive and although you want to have fun, you have to realize that the reason you are there is to graduate.”

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The idea is 15 to Finish. Students can find out more at Norse Advising’s “Reg Fest,” a registration festival October 1 and 2 in the Student Success Center. The event will include cake, popcorn, music, and Priority Registration information.

Angelica has continued to move quickly since graduation and has started her career at Wave 3 News, an NBC affiliate in Louisville, as a news content specialist.

“My job varies from being a operator of teleprompter, studio cameras and chyron,” Angelica says. “I have also started writing for various newscasts as well.”

She is there today because she graduated on schedule.

“I made sure to at least take 15 credit hours every semester,” Angelica says. “By doing so, it gave me a much more freedom during my final semester of undergrad.”

And there were plenty of people and services around to help.

“To schedule 15 credit hours every semester was very easy,” Angelica says. “I was apart of Student Support Services, so I was able to have help with priority registration. That service for students is amazing and I encourage every student to utilize the resources that are on campus. Other offices that were helpful were the College of Informatics Advising Center, especially my adviser Rebecca Walker, and the director of Black Studies, Dr. Eric Jackson.”

Angelica was also able to manage a full schedule outside of class and stay on track with her studies. She was part of many organizations and served on the executive boards of Writers Accessing Their Entertainment Righteously and Black Women's Organization.

“My full schedule is what helped me stay focused at NKU,” Angelica says. “I knew I had to make the grades in order to serve as a leader for organizational boards on campus. I always made sure to complete my class assignments early and then extracurricular activities followed.”

It was all part of a great four years.

“I would totally recommend NKU to prospective students,” Angelica says. “You receive a private school education for a public school cost, the instructors are wonderful and I feel truly prepared to go after the career I will achieve.”

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Angelica Smith has continued to move quickly since graduation and has started her career at Wave 3 News, an NBC affiliate in Louisville, as a news content specialist.

Angelica Smith Profile

AGE: 22
HOMETOWN: Louisville
HIGH SCHOOL: J. Graham Brown High
MAJOR: Electronic Media & Broadcasting
ALUMNA: Class of 2014