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Meet Ashlyn Mavigliano: Our March Leading Woman

Major: Journalism- Strategic Communication

Hometown: Carterville, IL

What are your career/life goals?

  • After I graduate Mizzou with my bachelors in Journalism and minors in both Business and Psychology, my plan is to get a job in the marketing/communications department of a large corporation. Ideally my role would be as an Account Manager or in a Research role. Along with that, I’d love to live in a larger city, but will go wherever I can learn/grow the most!

What is your favorite part about your major and why did you choose it?

  • Not many people know this, but I actually came to Mizzou set on being a Broadcast major, with hopes of anchoring at a large news station! It wasn’t until I attended a Strategic Communication info session that I found I had an extreme interest in it! I love Strategic Communication because it truly is a major you get to be creative with and there are a variety of career options for post-college. I found that I was very passionate about Marketing, Communications, and Public Relations, and I absolutely loved that Mizzou offered a major where you could combine all three!

What internship did you get this summer?

  • This summer, I will be a marketing intern at Dimensional Fund Advisors at their Headquarters in Austin,Texas. DFA is a private investment firm and they are one of the largest in the country. In my role, I will work with a team of other interns to obtain qualitative and quantitative research data. This will help us design and potentially implement our own effective marketing strategy for the company!

What are you most excited for about the internship?

  • I am so excited to get real world experience with my major and to learn from those who are experienced in effectively marketing a large corporation! Along with that, if you know me, then you know how much I love Austin, Texas. I can’t wait to explore this city and for all of the new experiences to come!

What organizations or hobbies are you passionate about?

  • While I am extremely passionate about all of the organizations that I serve on, I have to highlight Rockin Against Multiple Sclerosis and Magazine Club! These two organizations have really been some of the highlights of my Mizzou experience thus far, and I’m so grateful for all of the wonderful people that I have met through them!

How have your experiences in Theta changed you?

  • My experiences in Theta have changed me in so many ways, and I feel so lucky to be surrounded by an outstanding group of women who are all passionate about what they do. From the upperclassmen to the underclassmen, there is so much to learn from each Theta, and I feel so blessed to get to know everyone!

What does Theta mean to you?

  • Theta means so so much to me. Coming from out of state, and knowing absolutely no one at Mizzou, I was so worried about being homesick and not fitting in. Theta welcomed me with open arms, and gave me an opportunity to meet people who are just like me. Thanks to Theta, I met all of my best friends, and I couldn’t be more grateful!

Do you have any advice for the underclassmen?

  • Don’t be afraid to be selfish! The term “selfish” gets a bad rap, but what I mean by that is don’t be afraid to make decisions that benefit you. College is the one time in your life where your main priority is yourself, so make sure you’re putting yourself first! Whether that means putting your mental health first, trying new things, or overall just finding out who you are!

Do you have a specific favorite Theta memory?

  • My favorite Theta memory is hands down freshman year Bid Day. After a long and overwhelming week of recruitment, Bid Day made it all worth it. It was so amazing to finally be “sisters” with girls who I loved talking to throughout the week! Not to mention, that it was truly the first time Mizzou felt like home. It’s so crazy to think that the girls I met on freshman year Bid Day became some of my absolute best friends!


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