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Haley Burton

Class of 2014

Haley BurtonWhenever I told anyone – family, friends, acquaintances at holiday parties – that I majored in history at Wofford, their first question was unfailingly “So what’s next? Teaching or law school?” After a while, I began believing that I had exactly two options after graduation. I even took a few education classes before I realized that I didn’t actually have to constrain myself to fit others’ expectations. I loved history, writing, researching, and thinking analytically, but did that mean I needed to spend my career in a classroom or a courtroom?

Turns out the answer was no, it didn’t.

I started working as a staff reporter for an equestrian magazine, The Chronicle of the Horse, and quickly realized the value of the skills I acquired in Wofford’s history department. Writing concisely and effectively is a highly underrated and sorely lacking talent these days, especially in professional environments.

At the Chronicle, I became fascinated by the challenges news outlets face in today’s digital age. I wanted to become a part of the solution for businesses struggling to produce quality digital content, so I decided to get my Masters in Interactive Media from Elon University. In the 10-month program, I learned to produce graphics, videos and other digital media, and studied the theories behind brand management and audience engagement.

Incidentally, my capstone project reflected my love of history. I created an online interactive documentary about the Carolinas Campaign in the Civil War. I researched the history, produced the video, designed the graphics, and developed the website myself. The goal was to modernize the way we learn about history, and create something unique and engaging in the process.

After I graduated this spring, I moved to Seattle to begin a new career as a Marketing Coordinator for a technology company called Nintex. My job includes writing blog posts and press releases, creating graphics for social media, and planning and executing online ad campaigns. Currently, I’m helping design and write copy for the company's new website debuting in November.

I majored in history at Wofford because I loved history and I loved the department. And honestly? It was one of the best decisions I could’ve made. The skills I learned as a history major set me up for success in many aspects of my life. I'm so grateful to my Wofford professors, not only for teaching me their lesson plans, but also for encouraging me to pursue any career path I choose.