Welcome to my About Me page!

Let me introduce myself! My name is Christina Schallenkamp, I am from Shakopee Minnesota but for the last 3 years I have spent nine out of the twelve months of the year in Des Moines, Iowa.

Why would I pack up my things and leave the great state of Minnesota and move to cornfield Iowa? 

Great question! I am studying Advertising and Marketing at Drake Univeristy in Des Moines. What is wrong with the schools in Minnesota, why Drake? Its a funny story! I got a postcard in the mail and decided to check it out. I have always wanted to so something in advertising or marketing but I wasn’t sure what those majors entailed. After exploring the Drake Univeristy Website, I stumbled upon the SJMC website. There I found that Drake has a stellar advertising program and after reading the little blurb about the programs I was hooked! I reached out to a professor to get more information and that email conversation sealed the deal for me on Drake Univeristy. 

It wasn’t until my second year of college that I decided to add Marketing to my academic resume. The College of Business and Public Administration at Drake is very different than the SJMC. However, I am grateful for those differences because they make me a more well-rounded student and candidate for potential jobs. With the CBPA I have the opportunity to learn the finance, the economics, and the behind the scenes side of Marketing. In the SJMC I have learned how to use the entire Adobe Creative Cloud, how to write a press release, what it means to be an ethical reporter and how to make a promotional video. 

With the combination of both of these degrees I get the best of both professional worlds! Drake has not only given me the opportunity to learn those amazing skills but I have also had the chance to gain real world experience. During my three years as a student here at Drake, I have had 5 internships. Drake Univeristy has opened so many doors for me and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me after graduation!