IMC 636 Capstone Project
Completion Date – Spring 2016
Client – Make-A-Wish Michigan
Residence – Morgantown, WV
Previous Degrees -BSJ, Public Relations, West Virginia University
Misc. Facts – I began the IMC
Program immediately after undergrad and finished in two years by taking
nine credit hours each semester. Although doubling up on classes each
semester was definitely not fun, it helped me become a time management
expert, which is a skill needed to complete capstone successfully.
I currently work at the WV Local Technical Assistance Program (WV LTAP), which is housed at WVU’s
Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. In short, we
provide training, technical assistance, and resources to local and state
agencies responsible for managing and maintaining West Virginia’s
roadways. I began as an office assistant during my freshman year of
undergrad and am now responsible for a variety of the Center’s
marketing, public relations, and outreach needs.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, traveling, reading, hiking, and cheering on the WVU basketball team.
Capstone Experience – I spent a few weeks before
capstone creating and perfecting my agency materials and beginning my
situation analysis to get a head start. However, on the first day of
capstone my files were accidently deleted. I cried while my husband
spent many hours trying to recover the files with no luck. I thought,
“Great. This is how my capstone experience is going to be.” At least
this happened on day one instead of the final due date. So, my first
piece of advice is to make sure you save your files in multiple places
such as Dropbox and Google Drive.
Capstone is very bittersweet. It’s challenging and time
consuming. I missed out on a lot of fun weekend activities and sometimes
struggled to think of out-of-the-box ideas; however, the challenging
part of the process is worth it once your proposal is printed and you
take it to the post office. You’ll have a proposal that you worked your
butt off to complete in a matter of weeks and can be proud of.
In addition to saving your files in multiple places, here is my best
advice: Stay organized throughout the entire course. You don’t want to
fall behind. Set goals for what you want to accomplish each day. I would
also advise that you maintain constant communication with your
professor. Take advantage of the live online chat sessions your
professor may host and take the time to call/email your professor with
any questions. Lastly, don’t get discouraged. Capstone may feel
impossible some days due to outside obligations or creative block, but
you can’t lose confidence in yourself.
Good luck to all future capstoners!