My name is Mandy Czarnecki and I have a Bachelors in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis from California State University, Channel Islands. Upon graduating, I detoured a bit into the world of finance, although academia remained my number one passion. After spending seven years in the financial world, I returned to my heart’s desire of working in higher education. It has been a journey to accomplish this career goal, but it is a true honor to work for the Department of Communication at UCSB. The obstacles and challenges I endured to get here are a true testament to never give up on your dreams. I am privileged to be able to work in an environment that encompasses dedicated mentors, considerate faculty and staff, as well as students who are passionate about their future success.