Deborah A. Wells - communication major; triple minor in business administration, journalism, and Africana studies
By Lisa Fund, Junior, mathematics major with a double minor in business administration and education; Presidential Honor Society, Women’s Varsity Tennis, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Project Renaissance, UAlbany Hillel.
Motivated, enthusiastic, friendly, determined, focused, family-oriented -- all of these words can be used to describe Deborah A. Wells. Deborah, or as most people know her, Debbie, went to The High School for Economics and Finance in New York City.
Debbie enjoys actively participating in the many organizations that UAlbany has to offer, listening to music, reading, being around family and friends, and having fun!
When Debbie came to visit UAlbany as a senior in high school she felt connected with the diverse student body. She was able to shadow her friend, who was a student here at the time. “Being able to interact with other students, and shadowing a student’s day made me realize that UAlbany was where I wanted to go!” she concluded. Now a college senior, she spoke about the great diversity on campus and how it makes an individual well rounded and open minded. The friends she has made at UAlbany helped her become the unique individual she is today.
Debbie describes her best moment at UAlbany as being a resident assistant. Being an RA helped her get to know and become more involved in the UAlbany community. She is seen as a role model to students on the UAlbany campus and past residents still keep in contact with her. Debbie has made long-lasting friendships as an RA, one of them being her best friend.
Debbie is also in Pi Sigma Epsilon, a business fraternity. “The support system that the brothers have with each other is incredible! Everyone is hard working and determined and working towards the same goals and ideals.”
Professor Allan Ballard and Debbie Wells
Debbie has made a special connection with Professor Allan Ballard, a professor in the History Department and Dan Smith from the undergraduate studies office. They both have been instrumental in helping her achieve academic success. Professor Allan Ballard, described as sweet and caring, served as an advisor, mentor, and professor to Debbie, who took many of his classes (and would recommend them to any UAlbany student). Debbie and Professor Ballard would meet for informal picnic lunches, which were also important times that Debbie received motivation and support. Dan Smith helped Debbie schedule her classes each semester, and was very influential in helping Debbie prepare for a full-time job.
Deciding to be a communication major was not was easy for Debbie. After taking many different courses she decided to explore Communication 101. She immediately realized that this is what she enjoyed learning about and saw this as a career path. She got plenty of guidance and support from professors and mentors.
Debbie had the opportunity to have internships in the Albany and NYC area, which helped her determine what she wanted to do after graduation. Some of the places she has interned are: The Downtown Albany Business Improvement District, where she designed marketing strategies for events that took place in downtown Albany. At the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, in Albany, she helped the director of administration organize the facility for public policy related events. Her last internship was at the Radian Reinsurance Inc. and Radian Asset Assurance Inc., in NYC, where she worked as a Risk Management Intern, analyzing legal documents.
Debbie hoped to work in public relations upon graduation and she reached her goal and will be working full-time at a PR firm in NYC.
“Take advantage, full force” are the words of advice from Deborah A. Wells. The University at Albany has so much to offer, that the energy from the students and faculty make you want to participate.