One might not expect a business major to be monitoring CU Denver’s social media accounts at all times of the day (and night), but graduating senior Amanda Blackman has done exactly that for almost four years as a student worker in University Communications.
Besides scheduling posts and responding to questions, Blackman has written for CU Denver News throughout her time as a student. She was particularly helpful during the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic, when full-time staff were busy writing health and policy updates. Social Media Manager Ali Hanson, who has worked with Blackman throughout her time at CU Denver, will definitely miss Blackman. “I’m not sure what I’m going to do without Amanda,” she said. “We have worked together pretty much my entire time at CU Denver, and she stepped up during some crucial times. She contributes so much to the social media team and brings such a positive mindset to work every day. She’s even been in the Milo suit and done some long days in the sun with me for social media projects.”
CU Denver Attracts Bibliophile
Blackman, a bibliophile who enjoys staying home, is not a typical college student, which is exactly why she chose to become a Lynx. She is “I feel like I always knew that I’d go to CU Denver with it being a commuter campus,” she said. “I knew that the traditional college experience just wasn’t for me.” Although she’d intended to complete her first two years at a community college, Blackman abandoned that idea when she toured CU Denver. “I instantly felt like it was where I was meant to be!”
Hanson believes Blackman was also meant to be in University Communications. Hanson came to rely on Blackman more than she ever imagined she would. “I call Amanda the tweet queen, as she has elevated our Twitter presence so much during her time,” Hanson said. “She’s helped increase the amount of content we’re putting out by 64% and is so skilled in answering questions from prospective and current students.”
Class Leads to Interest in Law School
A marketing major and criminal justice minor, Blackman let her passions guide her college career. She had two classes that were particularly influential—Professor Mary Dodge’s Criminal Theory and Instructor Leila Boulton’s Business Law.
“Professor Dodge inspired me with her extreme passion for white collar crime research and how women are viewed in the eyes of criminological research,” Blackman said. “I was so inspired by her class that I took her white-collar crime class, and it’s been a perfect way to combine my interest in business operations and criminal justice.”
Instructor Boulton also inspired her. “Going into Business Law, I was interested in the topic but nervous because I’d heard from so many other students that it’s one of the hardest classes in the Business School,” Blackman said. “From day one, I recognized that yes, this class was going to be hard, but it was by far one of the most insightful classes I’ve taken. This class made me realize that I wanted to pursue a career in the legal field.”
LSAT, COVID, and Creative Energy
Next fall Blackman will begin her studies at Pepperdine University’s Caruso School of Law in Malibu, California. Interestingly, remote learning helped Blackman get into law school. “To me, the switch to online was a blessing in disguise,” she said. “I knew that my 2020 would be dedicated to studying for the LSAT. I decided to take fewer classes to have more study time. When everything went online, I then had a ton more time to dedicate to studying, since I no longer spent time commuting.”
Blackman’s plan to focus on entertainment law has a lot to do with her social circle. “My husband and basically all of our friends are filmmakers, so I’m surrounded by this creative energy,” she said. “I know how creative minds function, and I want to use my skillset of business and legal knowledge to help turn filmmakers’ creative dreams into a reality.”
Of course, Blackman allows for chance to redirect her aspirations. “Who knows if I’ll take a class in law school that spurs a whole new interest, like what happened in my undergrad career.”