Brian MacAuley ‘09

Doctoral candidate, College of Communications, The Pennsylvania State University

Prior to coming to Suffolk, Brian took several career interest inventories and personality tests. “They all told me I was suited to a job in academia,” he says. Though he had always been fascinated with mass communication and held a bachelor’s degree in the discipline, he had yet to take the plunge.

Brian resolved to find a program that would prepare him for a career in academia, ultimately settling on a concentration in Communication Studies at Suffolk. “Among Boston-area schools,” he says, “only Suffolk offered a mix of theoretical and applied communication courses.”

Brian knew he had made the right decision. “The small classes really allowed for collaborative learning,” Brian says, “and for students to get to know both classmates and instructors.” Through his classmates, he learned of a fellowship in the Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education—a position he held for three semesters.

As he continues to pursue his doctoral studies at The Pennsylvania State University, Brian recognizes the role his Suffolk professors played in advancing his academic career.

“My professors passed on invaluable suggestions and survival tips for success as I applied to PhD programs,” he says. Brian now has the opportunity to impart his own knowledge upon students, teaching undergraduate communication courses at Penn State.