Name: Jaelyn Krafsky

Degree: Strategic Communications

Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2018            



Originally, Jaelyn Krafsky‘s academic plan was geared toward business and marketing.

She came to OSU from Washington to attend the Spears School of Business. It wasn’t until a meeting with an academic adviser that she was turned in the direction of the School of Media & Strategic Communications.

Since being a part of SMSC, Krafsky has learned skills that will benefit her not only in her future career but also in life.  Becoming a better writer is the most important skill she has learned. Krafsky said as a writer, it doesn’t matter what you are trying to say if you don’t know how to say it correctly or how to get a clear message across.

While at OSU, Krafsky, who loves to compete, found a way to balance academics and her career as a competitive cheerleader. OSU be winning the cheer competition STUNT two years in a row is her best memory.

“It was a good way for me to close that athletic chapter in my life,” Krafsky said. “It’s now time to get out and focus on things that are more substantial and beneficial to my career.”

Krafsky is a people person who loves to help others. Her dream job would be something that gives her the opportunity to combine everything she has learned as a strategic communications major with her passion for others. Ideally, she would like to find a job working with veterans. She wants to show her appreciation for their service by serving them.

When it comes to SMSC, she says to give it a try.

 “If you don’t know what you want to do coming into college, that is perfectly okay because a lot of people don’t,” Krafsky said. “I encourage people to give SMSC a try, even if you feel like it’s not a good fit for you.”

She says the fundamentals learned here in SMSC are key to any career and will give a solid foundation to build a future.

Krafsky’s advice to freshmen would be to get uncomfortable and do something unexpected. She encourages all graduating high school seniors to get away from home and make a new one, much like she did in Stillwater. Krafsky’s message to students is to get involved in something. She said she believes college is the place where students are free to make mistakes and figure out the things that work best for them.