Meet Scholarship Recipient Cori Mykoff '03
Meet Cori Mykoff '03, Political Communications major and scholarship recipient. Cori currently works at a national educational access and youth leadership non-profit, where she helps connect promising students with the financial aid they need. She remains connected to her fellow alumni and the Emerson College community as a whole.
Q: Do you keep up with departmental news?
A: Yes. I wish I could take some of the courses offered in political communications now. I’m really excited to see the way the department is growing.
Q: Why did you choose Emerson?
A: I found Emerson through an internet search. I was trying to decide between communications and political science programs. I was delighted to find that at Emerson, I wouldn’t have to choose because of the political communications major. I was also attracted to Emerson because of its location in downtown Boston and its relatively small size, which allows students to build great relationships with professors and the administration.
It quickly became my first choice school, but as my mom was a single parent raising four kids, we were concerned about being able to cover tuition. Fortunately, I received a generous scholarship from Emerson as well as small, private grants. Because Emerson helped my mom and I make a payment plan, we were able to make it work.
Q: After scholarship and grants, how did you make up the rest of the money?
A: I relied on a combination of loans, and I worked as many as three jobs at a time while in school. My favorite job was in the Little Building mailroom. I was able to meet a lot of students I would have never met otherwise. It was the only job I kept for all four years. I also worked at City Sports, allowing me to meet lots of students from nearby campuses, and I picked up odd jobs house sitting and pet sitting.
Q: Why are scholarships important to you?
A: Access to quality education, especially higher education, is a particular passion of mine. I know that finances remain a major barrier for many talented, motivated young students around the country. By finding ways to remove that barrier for these students, Emerson is making a real impact on their lives, and on the next generation of storytellers and media-makers.
Q: How was it transitioning to an urban campus?
A: I loved Emerson’s city campus. Instead of a quad, we had the Boston Common and the Theater District. There was no fence between me and the city. Emerson allowed me to go beyond the classroom and have my own cultural experience in Boston. At Emerson, students discover that it’s okay to take risks, because people support you whether you succeed or fail—they understand it’s a place and time to learn. Any problem I might have had, I always knew I could seek out any administrator at Emerson and they would have been willing to help me. Dean Ludman still knows me by name!
Q: How well do you keep in touch with Emerson alumni?
A: I am very close with a lot of fellow alumni. They are very helpful and give great career advice; we help each other with everything from housing to job searches. We find each other on LinkedIn, Facebook and through mutual friends. So often, when I attend local events, I either meet someone from Emerson or someone who knows someone from Emerson. We’re everywhere!
In addition to that, my mom and I have kept a little tradition going that begin my junior year of college, when she came to Boston from Louisiana to visit. Being a typical mother from the south, she wanted to get to know my friends, so she cooked typical Louisiana food and had everyone over at my apartment in Allston. We’ve done it every year since then, and tons of my friends from Emerson still join us. My mom has always loved the Emerson community as much as I have—in fact, she still uses the Emerson College mug she bought at the bookstore when she brought me to school in September of 1999!