Bengal Tales – Samantha Nephew

Samantha Nephew, '11Class Year: 2011
Degree: B.A. Public Communication

Current Occupation: Community Organizer

What is one of your fondest memories of Buffalo State?
The Buffalo State community of educators was part of the amazing experience I had in school. Not even just from the amazing education I got but the system of support they really gave me. I went through some fairly traumatic personal events but the faculty made sure to give me guidance and encouragement.

I also met my husband of three years in Upton Hall during a theater class. You could say that was definitely a fond memory!

Were you involved with any on-campus organizations as a student?
I worked for two and a half years in the Sports Information office with Assistant Director of Athletics Jeff Ventura, '99. He was also incredibly supportive in my time there.

How did graduating from Buffalo State shape your future?
I became even more firmly rooted in the Buffalo community. I was born and raised in Buffalo but to get the education I did and create the network I did, I believe has helped me establish myself as a rising community leader.

What accomplishments have you achieved since graduating from Buffalo State?
Since graduating in 2011, I've completed a master’s degree from St. Bonaventure in Integrated Marketing Communication. I've also returned to Buffalo State for a Master in Public Administration. I'm currently serving on the board of directors at the International Institute of Buffalo. I am a graduate of Leadership Buffalo (2014 Rising Leaders) and of the inaugural Emerging Leaders program through Open Buffalo.

All these things plus getting involved in a lot of community work and social justice have led me to where I am today. It's my hope that one day I truly be part of making this city a just one for all.

Do you have any advice for current students trying to achieve success after graduation?
Just jump right in and get proactive. I did ten internships throughout my time at Buffalo State and kept up with a lot of the professional relationships I made. Your network will be one of your greatest assets out here in the real world - so be genuine, smart, and reliable with your relationships. And learning doesn't end just because you're not in a classroom anymore. Attend trainings, lectures, and seminars on what you're passionate about and what's relevant to your field.

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Originally posted: June 2016