David Thackham knew he wanted a career in journalism, and he dedicated himself to finding the right school to help him achieve his dream.
“When I visited Winthrop, there was always a feeling that professors pushed you to think, ‘What can I do with the education I get here? What are all the possibilities? How can I improve myself?’” he said. “It resonated with me and it has always pushed me to become the best I can be, to motivate myself in knowing I can succeed at the highest level.”
The Walhalla, SC native enjoys the academic rigor of his Mass Communication degree and the support made available to all students. “In the Mass Communication major, you'll be expected to write, think and adjust rapidly, but that is what is needed in today's breakneck media world,” he said. “But the Winthrop education is so full of opportunity. Winthrop takes the time and effort to make everything you need available.”
Thackham has also found the networking opportunities at Winthrop especially beneficial to his future career. “The faculty is always there and the contacts they have with other role models in the industry are simply stunning,” he said. “I once went to a Charlotte Bobcats game with Bud Morgan, a well-known producer for ESPN and SportsCentury, just because one of the faculty happened to be talking to him one idle Saturday. My jaw dropped open to hear the stories he told me about his life invested in broadcast journalism.”
The Honors Program student has also taken advantage of the opportunities within the Winthrop community to gain experience in his field. As Assistant Sports Editor of the student newspaper The Johnsonian, Thackham has learned about the print media aspects of his major. He is also the Vice President of the Winthrop Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists and the Secretary for the Mass Communication Student Advisory Board.
Thackham only expects to continue to excel in Winthrop’s supportive and enthusiastic environment. “Winthrop is so essentially... Winthrop. It is hard to describe the Winthrop way of life, because you need to explore it for yourself,” he said. “The focus is to grow at Winthrop. All of what I do makes me a stronger, more confident person than I've ever been.”