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Checking in with Mount Royal alumni: Melanie Parsons

Melanie Parsons AlumniYour name, program & year of graduation at MRU?
Melanie Parsons, Bachelor of Applied Communication — Public Relations, '08

Your career path (short form): 
Year off to travel Australia, returned & started accessory business Savage Rose. Met future employer at "Meet the Artist" event, worked at Alberta First Nations Information Governance Centre for almost 3 yrs. Dream was to work in post-secondary to inspire and motivate Aboriginal students. Came across the posting for MRU’s Aboriginal Recruitment Officer. The rest is history!

What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Inclusive, Humbling, Freeing

What was the most important course you took at MRU & why?
Interpersonal communications. I learned about myself and how others communicate and the importance of developing these types of skills. It has helped me over the years to be considerate of the people I work with and/or represent. It has also assisted me in crafting and sharing messages.

How have you invested in your community after MRU?
I used what I learned from my communications degree to develop a hobby into a business. Doing so inspired and empowered other Aboriginal women and artists in various ways. Sharing my experience as a MRU student, graduate, and staff member has also moved others to see their dreams are possible too.

What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
Not to be discouraged from practicing and/or implementing good communications strategies no matter which path my career takes me down.

What is your claim to fame?
Most likely Savage Rose. I have received a lot of support for my wild one-of-a-kind earrings and the story of how I developed a love for earrings into a successful business.

What do you miss most about being a student?

I miss the face to face learning opportunities that took place in our classrooms on a daily basis. Learning from lectures, guest speakers, group projects and the class discussions that took place afterwards. These days so much of what I learn takes place online, which can sometimes feel a bit one sided. It’s funny I say that now because I remember the days when group projects drove me nutty!