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Qhira Bonds - Visual Communications

Posted September 24, 2019
By Maria Jutton, Dean's Communications Fellow

Qhira Bonds knew what she wanted to study in college after working for a video production program at her high school. And when she visited the South Carolina campus and learned about the School of Journalism and Mass Communications’ visual communications major, she knew Columbia was where she wanted to study it. Now in her junior year, Bonds describes her major as “all-encompassing.”

“My focus is photography, but I get experience in graphic design even though that might not be where I see myself going,” she says. “You can get that experience and it honestly might change what you want to do with your life.”

Although her career plans have changed several times during her time at South Carolina, Bonds has been able to explore her options through internships at the university. As a freshman, she worked as a social media intern for Green Quad, a residence hall focused on sustainability.

During her sophomore year, she branched out and became a public relations and communications intern for South Carolina’s athletics department. Bonds is also a member of the South Carolina Student Government’s communications team, an opportunity she heard about through other vis comm students.

In summer 2020, she hopes to study abroad in Europe or the Galapagos Islands, possibly using her environmental science minor to explore sustainability. After graduation, Bonds hopes to work in the communications department of the United Nations, National Geographic or a sustainable fashion or beauty company.

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Maria Jutton

 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.

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