Name: Allie Raney

Degree: Strategic Communications

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Allie Raney always knew she was creative but wasn't always sure how to turn that into a career.

During the summer, Raney enjoyed the experience of working for Love Does in San Diego as a photo intern. The nonprofit organization provides education to children in conflict areas.

“It was a huge growing experience,” Raney said. “A lot of communication internships aren’t paid, and I think that’s OK. It still gives you the experience you need.”

She discovered her passion for photography in high school, and her passion has grown during her time in the School of Media & Strategic Communications..

“I knew that [SMSC] had different avenues for creativity,” Raney said. “I talked to several people that were already in the program and decided that it was a good fit for me.”

Raney appreciates SMSC provides many classes and opportunities for its students to create well-rounded professionals.

After graduation, she said hopes to continue her work with photography.

“I’ve had my own photography business since high school,” Raney said. “I would love to grow my business after I graduate.”

Raney describes the classwork at Oklahoma State University as extremely beneficial to her growth as a professional.

“It’s so fun,” Raney said. “We have done a lot of work with real clients, and it makes me feel very prepared for the real world.”

Raney’s favorite projects have been those she can present to a client when it’s done or show to an employer in her portfolio.

Raney’s advice to freshmen is to take every opportunity possible but also to not over commit.

“Looking back, the things that I said yes to were incredible opportunities, and I don’t regret them at all, but I wish I would have taken time for myself,” Raney said.

Raney sees herself living in Oklahoma City as she pursues her career in photography. She is hopeful for what is to come and looks forward to graduation in the spring.