Hilltop on the Hill 2013

Eight students are in Washington, D.C., in October 2013 as part of SMU’s Hilltop on the Hill program. The students will visit media and government sites, and meet with political communicators, journalists and SMU alumni. The trip is led by Rita Kirk, professor of communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts and director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility; Sandra Duhé, chair of communication studies, associate professor and director of the Meadows School’s public relations program; and Candy Crespo, assistant director of the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility. Endowed by the Bauer Foundation, the Hilltop on the Hill program also takes students studying political communication to political party conventions, the presidential Inauguration and the G8 Economic Summit.

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Hilltop program sets up students for success

brianaAn update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts: 

During lunch with the 21st Century Group, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of the firm’s principals, who happens to be a woman. She explained how being a woman in the lobbying industry sometimes poses difficulties in such a male-dominated field. While she did provide this advice about entering this particular field, her thorough and compassionate explanation created a confident atmosphere nonetheless for me to continue to pursue a degree in politics, and if not, in a career in Washington, D.C., at the least.

Our lunch meeting at the 21st Century Group is the epitome of what our trip was meant to do for us SMU students — create an atmosphere that not only encourages us to inquire about our passions, but also develop as a professional ready for any setting we may be placed in (including a lunch meeting).

As I write my last blog post and reflect on what I have learned, not only from 21st Century Group, but from all of our Hilltop experiences, I understand why and how this program can truly change and create dreams. I have been inspired and changed as I meet successful alumni as well as prominent professionals here in the great city of Washington, D.C. As I sign off, I thank the Bauer family, Dr. Rita Kirk, Dr. Sandra Duhé, and Ms. Candy Crespo for giving me the opportunity to experience everything that I have only dreamed of. The only obstacle anyone has is themself. The only thing we can do is pursue what we have a passion for and work hard for what we believe in.

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