Written by Maria Cammack.
Born and raised in Dallas, Nicole Templeton is currently completing her 4th year at the University of Texas and will be graduating this month as a Corporate Communication Studies major. She will also be receiving the McCombs Business Foundations Certificate. Nicole is an officer for the Women Communicators of Austin (WCA) Student Group and is also a member of Chi Omega and a Texas Cowboys Sweetheart. In addition to her school and association work, Nicole is an intern with Avnet, Inc.; a summer internship extended to a year, which she will be completing this month.
Get to know Nicole a little better in this Q&A:
Q: What are some of the most exciting communications related projects you have been involved with?
A: In my Team Based Communication course, we created a communication workshop for a local community that was actually going to be implemented. Pretty exciting!
Within my internship, I have been able to work on various marketing projects and social campaigns. Being able to see the feedback makes it feel worth it.
Q: When did you become involved with WCA?
A: My junior year I was in a class taught by Melissa Murphy, our faculty advisor. Prior to her class I had not heard of the organization. She encouraged all of the women in our class to try to attend a meeting with WCA and really opened us up to the benefits of WCA membership.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being involved with WCA?
A: Being a Communication Studies major can sometimes feel insufficient compared to the Biomedical Engineers, Computer Science, and Business majors we are surrounded by on campus. After attending WCA meetings and listening to the speakers, I was confident that I chose the right study, and I am going to do amazing things with my degree. Walking out of every meeting I felt extremely inspired.
On top of that, being an officer for the organization filled with motivated women is amazing. It doesn’t take much to help someone out by answering a question or listening to their internship dilemma, and as an officer, I have the opportunity to do that.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time? Any interesting hobbies or talents we should know about?
A: I love to exercise. Not only is it good for you, it is a great way to be selfish and have some undistracted time to yourself. I also have started getting more interested in cooking and meal prep. I love Central Market!
Q: What are some of your dreams or plans for after you graduate?
A: I will start my new recruiting position on June 15th in Dallas. After working for a few years, I would like to study to earn an MBA. I am still in the process of writing the rest of the plan J
Q: What is one of your favorite places in Austin to unwind or get inspired?
A: The Shoal Creek Trail is always a good place to go.
Q: Anything else you would like our WCA members to know about you?
A: The speakers that we have had make a bigger impact on us as students than they can ever imagine. We love hearing their stories.