By Grace McNamara
“At home.” That is the phrase Millie Njezic would use to describe how she feels about the Department of Communication Studies. “I feel privileged to have met, learned from, and worked with faculty and staff from this department. Its uniqueness is in its people and the combination of intellect, passion, willingness to dedicate time to students, and simply being good people (something you don't really get from a syllabus, right?)”
Millie was born and raised in the northern part of Bosnia and Herzegovina, in a city called Banja Luka. She then attended the United World College in Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
So, why did she choose UNI? “I was told by several of my previous professors and mentors about the great Communication Studies program and faculty at UNI,” says Millie. Living in Cedar Falls, she mentions the convenience and affordability of the program.
Millie is working toward her Master’s in Communication Studies. “I believe that we make sense of this world through communication,” she explains. “I want to understand this field in-depth to be able to figure out all of the different ways we can create meaning and share meaning, for the purpose of better living.”
Aside from her studies, Millie is a graduate teaching assistant, teaching one section of Oral Communication and working for the Interpreters Theatre. She also serves as the VP of Professional Outreach for UNI’s chapter of the American Advertising Federation.
When it comes to the Communication Studies Department, Millie loves the diversity of classes that are offered and the ability to conceptualize and choose a seminar of her choice.
Upon graduation, Millie hopes to find a job in a creative agency doing brand development. “I consider myself a storyteller and I would love to help brands tell their story through conceptualizing creative PR and digital campaigns,” says Millie.
Millie has great admiration for a number of her professors. She said “the list is long, but I think it’s important not to leave anyone out.” In her own words, here are Millie’s most influential instructors at UNI:
- Dr. Tom Hall - for being the reason I am at UNI, advising me, teaching me, and being so kind to me.
- Dr. Cate Palczewski - for being one of the most intelligent, informed, and curious professors I have ever met.
- Dr. Jeff Brand - for always being kind, insightful, and noticing my every hair color change.
- Dr. Danielle McGeough - for being an inspirational, creative, supportive, and incredibly smart professor and thesis chair.
- Dr. Karen Mitchell - for being able to see through one's soul, connect, and inspire me with her wisdom and creativity as a professor and thesis committee member.
- Dr. Paul Siddens - for sparking the idea for my thesis, being unconditionally supportive, smart, and creative thesis committee member.
- Dr. Kyle Rudick - for inspiring me to question everything, listening to my ideas, and being an incredibly smart professor.
- Dr. Ryan McGeough - for supporting me throughout teaching, giving helpful advice, and being an admirable professor.