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Kelli Nienstadt

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Kelli Nienstadt

Poughkeepsie, NY

Academic School

Communication & the Arts


New York

What are your career goals / academic goals?

I am currently working at Marist in the Undergraduate Admission Office, and I am looking to grow in my field. I have taken on more responsibilities with our student workers and on campus visits this year, and I am really enjoying it!

Why did you choose to pursue your graduate degree at Marist? Why did you choose to pursue this degree program?

I chose to pursue my graduate degree at Marist because I knew many graduates from the program who shared that their degree has helped them grow in their career. I chose the Integrated Marketing Communications program because I wanted to study the marketing side of communications, as well as expand my knowledge in the growing world of communications.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development / academic development.

I really enjoyed working with my group members in the Social Media Planning course. It was exciting to plan out a social media calendar for a brand.

Tell us about a meaningful experience you had at Marist as it pertains to your degree (whether that be with a Professor, Marist service, Scholarship opportunity, etc.).

Professor Boyle was such an incredible professor throughout the program, and although her class was tough, I think it gave myself and my group members the chance to think outside of the box and expand our thought processes.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing this degree at Marist?

I would encourage students looking into this degree to think about their time management skills. It took a lot of planning to go through the program successfully, but it is so worth it in the end!