B.A. '13 - Media and Public Communication with a Minor in Theatre
Resident Director at IPFW Student Housing
As a recent graduate, we had the pleasure of asking Laddan several questions about her experience and time at IPFW. Take a few minutes and get to know this first generation Mastodon, Laddan Abbasi!
Q: How did you become interested in your field of work?
A: I was a Resident Assistant my sophomore year till my senior year. I have always loved the atmosphere of student housing.
Q: How has your IPFW degree in communications been beneficial to you?
A: Communication is something we use everyday. I deal with different types of personalities and issues on a daily basis. My degree has helped me learn different ways to help people and has helped me in becoming closer with residents in being someone they can talk to about any subject. The media aspect of my degree has helped me successfully be able to make IPFW Student Housing more social and connected in different ways.
Q: What is the best career advice you were given?
A: A job is only boring if you decided to never challenge yourself with anything and sit at your desk all day.
Q: What course(s) have you found to be most valuable from your college career?
A: It is hard to pick one! My communication seminar classes I had with Kevin Stroller helped my develop a resume, apply for jobs, and taught me how to present myself for an interview. Another class was the acting class I had to take for my minor. I'm not a fan of public speaking and I'm not an actress. Every week we had a new monologue plus other side projects. These tasks helped me learn to be more at ease with public speaking.
Q: What would be your advice to someone who is considering IPFW?
A: Don't just go to class and go home. I did that my first year and it was not fun. As much as academics are important, feeling connected with the university is next on that list. If you are not connected, you are not going to look back with good memories and stories to share of your fun college years. For returning adults, I have to add that your age doesn't limit what you can do or join.
Q: Was there anyone during your time at IPFW who acted as a mentor to you?
A: My adviser for my first 3 year was Dacia Charlesworth. She had helped me a lot as a first generation college student in what to do and how do it. There are several teachers and staff who helped me through my years at IPFW for various reasons; Lauren DenHartog, Sara Garcia, Krissy Creager, Assem Nasr and Kevin Stroller.
Q: What advice would you give to a current IPFW student?
A: Do something new every semester! There is enough things happening to keep you excited - you just have to go out of your comfort zone sometimes. It's okay to ask for help when you need it.
Q: Do you have a favorite and/or funny story about your time at IPFW?
A: My favorite IPFW story is the first year we did the Polar Bear Plunge. It's proof that some crazy ideas can happen and there are people as crazy as you to do it. It was a great time!
Q: What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment, both personally and professionally?
A: My greatest accomplishment is graduating since I'm a first generation. Professionally, my greatest accomplishment is working with the people who helped me become who I am today.
Q: Where do you hope to be in 10 years?
A: I hope to be working as an Event Planner or Manager for Disney or the Academy Awards.
Q: How would you like to be remembered?
A: I would be liked to be remembered as the person that not only was a leader but help teach too.