Name: Christopher (Topher) Sunday

Degree: Strategic Communications

Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

Topher Sunday considers projects he has done in class to be a lifelong tool to use as a backup plan if his career does not work out.

Sunday came to OSU with a plan, but when that did not work out, he found the School of Media & Strategic Communications was a perfect opportunity.

Although Sunday was a graphic design major, he decided that was not for him. He felt advertising was more his speed, but because OSU does not have an advertising degree anymore, he picked the department that most closely represented what he wanted to study.

Sunday said though he did not have an internship while he was a student, he regrets not taking the opportunity. He said he was able to learn lifelong tools  he can use for his career while doing projects for class.

“When I took Electronic Communications with Craig Freeman, he made us all make websites for ourselves as a digital portfolio,” Sunday said. “This allowed me to learn about how to make these “cookie-cutter” websites not just for myself but for others.”

After college, Sunday plans to move back to Tulsa and try to get a job at either an advertising agency or get a job selling ads.

“My dream job is to become an account manager for an agency to find and develop relationships with multiple clients and help them reach their goals,” Sunday said.

Sunday said his favorite memories in SMSC all revolve around meeting and interacting with like-minded students and professors who share the same passion.

“I like trying to see the world through their eyes and hearing about other’s perspectives help me broaden my own,” Sunday said.

Sunday left one piece of advice for freshmen.

“You’re not in high school anymore; the sooner you act like it, the more successful you will be,” Sunday said.

Sunday praised SMSC for indirectly teaching him there is no one without creativity or talent. He said just because someone cannot sing does not mean he or she cannot draw a portrait flawlessly, or someone who cannot draw may be able to think of the most efficient way to get a message across to that one person he or she cannot get through to.

“Everyone has a light they can shine even if it isn’t what they want,” Sunday said. “When someone tells me they aren’t creative or that they aren’t artistic, I tell them they just don’t know what it is they are awesome at.”

Sunday came to SMSC when he was a fourth-year junior. He said he was a hop, skip and a jump away from dropping out and giving up.

 “All the students I met all impressed me in ways I don’t think they can even realize,” Sunday said.