Angela DelBrocco: Transferring to UA puts her on right path


With a talent for writing and a desire to be involved in activities and organizations that make a difference in the lives of others, Angela DelBrocco found the right career path for her by transferring to The University of Akron.

The Stow native began her college career as an English major at Ohio University. But after two years, she still wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. So, she returned home to weigh her options.

Angela DelBrocco

Angela DelBrocco

“I was very happy there, but I couldn’t justify spending money when I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” recalls DelBrocco. “I needed a good education that was affordable and also offered the extracurricular activities that I wanted to be involved in.”

“I’m really pleased that I came to The University of Akron — I’ve had a satisfying college experience with my classes, my involvement and my internship. My opportunities helped me solidify my direction.”

On Saturday, Aug. 16, DelBrocco will cross the stage at E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall to receive a B.A. in Business and Organizational Communication at the 10 a.m. commencement ceremony. She also has been chosen to speak on behalf of the Summer Class of 2014 as the student responder.

Career ready

As DelBrocco begins her job search in the field of public relations, she’s excited by the prospect of continuing to use the creative talents she honed as a student.

As a community advocacy intern at the Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio office in Bedford, DelBrocco had a wide range of duties with the public affairs team. She helped recruit supporters and volunteers, led security trainings, counseled volunteers on communication techniques, and assisted in planning outreach events.

On campus, DelBrocco was involved in the Public Relations Student Society of America, serving as its vice president during spring semester. She also helped with fundraising activities for a local nonprofit organization.

And, to her delight, UA also offered DelBrocco a unique experience — being a founding member of Kanga Communications, the first-ever, student-run social media agency on campus.

Unique experience

“It was a great opportunity to be given that hands-on experience,” says DelBrocco, who learned of the opportunity from one of her mentors, Julie Cajigas, interim director of the School of Communication Social Media Learning Lab and college lecturer.

"Angela is a bright, conscientious and engaged student," says Cajigas. "The kind of student who would often visit during office hours to discuss current projects as well as future aspirations. Angela's dedication to learning and service will serve her well in what promises to be a very successful career."

Based on her own experiences, DelBrocco offers this advice to incoming students.

“Don’t stop trying new things,” she says. “To find your passion and your path, you have to be open to the possibilities. Have faith that if you are persistent, it will happen.”