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Why I Chose Seton Hall University; From Manila to South Orange  

Headshot of Nikki Malupa x288Nikki Malupa, a student pursing her M.A. in Public Relations, a graduate program within the College of Communication and the Arts, recently moved to the United States from the Philippines. She acknowledges that choosing Seton Hall was the key to gaining qualifications to pursue a career in Public Relations. 

Malupa, who holds a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in Media Production from Assumption College in Manila, began her career as a Media and Communication Intern at the Corporate Social Responsibility sector of Shell Philippines. After completing this internship, she decided to continue her education and expand her passion for getting involved with non-profit organizations.  

She is an aspiring Public Information Specialist who speaks three languages providing her with a unique perspective as she continues her education at Seton Hall. Although Malupa appreciates the experiences and insights she gained during her time in the Philippines, she knew she wanted to expand her career options. After graduating from Assumption College, she began researching College options in the United States. Upon receiving an email from Seton Hall, she accepted an invitation to attend a Graduate Open House event in February that made her fall in love with the campus. 

“I explored multiple programs within the United States. Seton Hall found me and the moment I stepped on campus, it felt like home,” Malupa shared. “When I found the Public Relations program, what really drew me in was the unique course offerings, like Crisis Communication and Non-Profit Communication.”

Malupa specifically chose Seton Hall because of its small class sizes, opportunities to have one-on-one advising with professors and its proximity to New York City and Washington DC. Additionally, she shared that as an international student, the culture at Seton Hall was welcoming.

Currently, Malupa is excited to collaborate with Kristen Koehler, Ed.D., professor of Public Relations, because of her professional experience in working on Public Relations campaigns for Non-Profit organizations. She is also looking forward to collaborating with Dr. Ruth Tsuria, professor of Communication as well. “Dr.Tsuria is knowledgeable in digital media and religion with a focus on developing theories to understand the relationship between technology and society” she shared. “I am looking forward to working on research as well as to complete an internship that will complement my education.

Malupa shared her advice to students considering graduate school. “If you are looking to continue your education in graduate studies, it is important to have a goal in mind,” she shared. “For international students, be brave and be bold. There are so many opportunities here at Seton Hall so take advantage of them and choose wisely.” 

The College currently offers three master's-level programs, including Museum Professions, Strategic Communication, and Public Relations. In addition, four dual-degree options, including three accelerated B.A./M.A. programs and a dual M.A. degree with the School of Diplomacy and International Relations are offered. 

For more information about Graduate Studies within the College of Communication and the Arts, please contact Ryan Hudes, Ph.D.

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For more information, please contact:

  • Ryan Hudes, Ph.D.
  • 973-275-4382
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