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Matthew Briggs

Matthew Briggs

Communication Arts, Class of 2019

Reflecting on his experience at Judson, Matthew Briggs ’19 of Springfield, Ill., noted that, “I was made to feel that I was a valued part of the Judson community from the beginning of my freshman year. People really invested in me.” Just four years later, Matt looks back on a successful college career and how it prepared him for a future in Business Communication.

“Doris Haugen [of Career Services] helped me choose my major of Communication Arts. Judson prepared me to be a thought leader in my workplace by opening me up to new ideas and new people. I really need to thank the people I met along the way who supported me and challenged me to be a better learner, thinker, worker, and leader,” Matt said.

In addition to his studies, Matt completed an internship on the production team at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington, worked as a mentor for entering freshman at Judson, and served as a production team member for University Ministries. “I learned the inner workings of communication theories in the real world,” Matt reflected.

Of particular merit was Matt’s senior thesis, which received second place in the Spring 2019 Communication Arts Conference. “I wrote a new communication theory which I call Relational Identity Theory. In the theory, I explain the root cause of marital conflict and propose methods for conflict resolution,” Matt reflected. “I was honored to have my ideas and presentation abilities valued so highly.”

Now, Matt works as a Business Assistant for St. Charles Trading, a dry food distribution company in Elgin, Ill. Matt explains, “I was hired in a six-month training program where I have the opportunity to learn the workings of each department … I hope to be placed in the marketing department after this.”

In addition to his great professional and academic success, Matt concluded his story by saying, “My time at Judson was more than I dreamed it could have been. I met my very best friends, my wife [Mabri Briggs (Pryer) ’18], and the most servant-hearted leaders I have ever encountered. They made my time at Judson spectacular!”

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