Posted September 17 2019
By Maria Jutton,
Catherine Kirkland is a fourth-year mass communications student in the School of Journalism
and Mass Communications. After transferring from Clemson University, she chose to
study mass communications at the University of South Carolina after seeing the variety
of topics the major allowed her to explore.
“I could do mass comm and be able to learn all of the areas so that I had a versatile
experience and skill set going into the real world,” she says. “Every aspect that
you would need to know, you leave the school knowing.”
Kirkland has worked for Jovani Fashion, a brand focusing on prom and evening wear,
for several years. The company recently discovered her skills in communications and
allowed her to take on more responsibilities for the brand, including running its
social media for a week.
In addition, Kirkland works for Granger Owings, a clothing company with four locations
in Columbia. She is currently helping the company create content for its annual magazine
and contact advertisers.
In November, she will compete for Miss South Carolina. After she graduates in December
2019, she hopes to compete for Miss America. She also has a full-time job offer from
Jovani Fashion in New York and will decide between moving or continuing to work for
Maria Jutton is a fourth-year journalism student and Dean's Communications Fellow
at the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She is especially passionate
about international communications and will pursue overseas work after she graduates
in May 2020.