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What Students Say About school2life™

After taking Marketing Yourself with Susan, I felt WAY more prepared and confident when going on job interviews. Susan also helped me create my individual brand, and nail my 30 second elevator speech which I still use when I am networking! I recommend this class for all graduating senior's, thanks again Susan!

Mallory Stein

Susan has a unique hands on teaching style with her extensive background in the field. Her class is one that every student should take before they graduate at Columbia College.

Jonathan Kim

I truly enjoyed my time with Susan in her class, "Marketing Yourself." The class helped me redefine my portfolio and resume to be the best it can be. In addition to this, I learned many great tips on how to network, how to craft an elevator speech, professional etiquette, and much more. Since graduating Columbia College Chicago in May 2010, I have used many of the skills I learned in Susan's class on a nearly daily basis. I also have used the knowledge I obtained in her class to assist friends who were in different majors or did not attend Columbia at all polish their resumes and portfolios.

Sarah Bonkowski

Susan Newman is one of the most dedicated professors I've had in College. She challenged us to be more than just a candidate for a job but the right person for the job.

Stephanie A. Taylor

Technically Columbia College Chicago hired Susan to teach my "Marketing Yourself" class, not me. But I'm glad they did. As Susan was instrumental in helping me land my first job out of college. Not only was Susan's class fun but it was useful - which in my college experience was a pretty rare combination. And I've continued to keep in touch with Susan throughout the years for advice on my career. So in my opinion, if you're looking for help with how to put your best foot forward with potential employers, your first step should be contacting Susan.

Dan Catterson

Susan Newman is not only a brilliant professor, but also an extremely admirable role model and businesswoman. I had the pleasure of acting as one of Susan's students in the Columbia College Chicago course, Marketing Yourself/Job Seeking. With all thanks to Susan's high level of knowledge on the subject, I am very happy to report that I now feel completely confident in my abilities to properly market myself to potential employers. She is a phenomenal instructor, one who I hold in the most high regard, and I would certainly recommend her course to anyone who is looking to significantly better their entrance into the professional world.

Emily Bertino

Susan is amazing! Susan was my instructor during my senior year at Columbia College Chicago. She is honest, patient, and genuine. She taught me the importance of self-confidence, networking and representing myself not only as who I am but as a brand. Susan always saw the best in me even when I doubted myself. Her vivacious teaching approach made class fundamental and worthwhile. Whenever Susan spearheads an event she always informs me to continue to help expand my brand and horizons, and I truly appreciate her!

Tiara L. Hiner, PHR

Susan is an expert on the subject of Marketing Yourself/Job Seeking. The curriculum she develops and implements is full of takeaways that are invaluable in the workforce and life in general. Susan strategically provides opportunities and advice to students that enable them to enter the workforce and flourish. Her class personally changed my life and helped me reach a level of success that I previously never thought was possible at this age. I'm very thankful for Susan's efforts and dedication and confident there are many others that feel the same way!

Adam Mankoff

Susan provides insight on ways to market yourself and build yourself as a person but also as a business. She personally worked with me while preparing to exit the "college" life and was great help when it came to getting prepared for the first set of big interviews. Outside of CCC, I have spent a handful amount of hours volunteering at the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation's annual Be My Valentine event where I have been able to break ground and be inspired to pursue a few ventures that I may have never been exposed to. All in all, Susan Newman is beyond words.

Jonny Boucher

I enrolled in Susan's "Marketing Yourself" course at Columbia College Chicago during the 2010 spring semester. The skills that I learned and picked up during her course prepared me well beyond my expectations. Since Susan's course, I have held two positions within the marketing and communications field. I've recently been hired as Media & Communications Coordinator at a leading tax and legal software solutions company. I would recommend Susan's services for anyone who is looking to better their communication and leadership skills in the field they wish to enter in. Susan is a true motivator.

Ryan Hoesley

I use Susan's "Marketing Yourself" lessons everyday. She not only teaches students how to build a resume and portfolio, but how to build a meaningful life through self exploration and learning. I recommend Susan for any teaching or speaking position. Her experience and approach will blow you away.

Julie Atty (Bittersohl)

Susan is very knowledgeable and helpful for job seekers. Today as a Columbia College Chicago alumni, I still use the job market skills she taught me and my class. If anyone is seeking, work or needs help writing resumes or better interviewing skills Susan is the woman to talk to. Susan has a creative approach that she can mold to fit any personality and help reach their career goals.

Teena Cathey

I was fortunate enough to meet Susan during an on-campus presentation at Northwestern University on the Job Search. As a senior currently focused on a job post-graduation, Susan's presentation was incredibly refreshing and very helpful, as she presented various strategies to best market ourselves and tactics that relate to today's job search and interviewing methods, processes that have changed drastically especially within the last several years. Apart from her insightful presentation and profound understanding of the topics at hand, Susan is very personable. She has a great sense of humor and is clearly very passionate about her work. It is apparent that her objective is not only to educate, but also to instill confidence in the students she meets. Since her presentation at Northwestern, Susan and I have maintained contact, and I would consider her a mentor of mine. She has become a valuable resource of advice and guidance for my interest in communications, and I value her opinion greatly. Susan is a wonderful example of a successful businesswoman. I would highly recommend her services for any college campus.

Diana Karvelis

I want to publicly thank Susan for her awesome class! After I graduated I got married and picked up a random job while to work at until I felt comfortable leaving my newborn son..when i was finally ready I busted out that huge white binder to help me with my interviews and landed an AMAZING job at a small ad boutique and I would have been lost without it and everything i learned from your class. I never thought that elevator speech would have helped me in the future until I was asked at my interview, "tell me a little about yourself." so THANK YOU.

Nicole Osterloh

The career advice I learned through taking Susan's Marketing Yourself class at Columbia is incomparable. She is both a teacher and a mentor, encouraging students to seize opportunities that can launch their professional careers. As a result of taking her class, I feel confident and prepared to go from the classroom to a full-time job position.

Stephanie Clark

I was fortunate enough to have Susan as a professor at Columbia College Chicago. Her practices for teaching the 'Marketing Yourself' course left us all with invaluable real world rules for becoming successful individuals in many different areas. This class has stuck with me more than most college courses I have completed. I believe her teaching technique allows this class to be a quick catapult to success in many aspects of many career types. I definitely recommend it for all college students in any field.

Bails Palmer

I had the pleasure of being in Susan's Marketing Yourself course this semester and it was by far the most helpful class I've taken. She's enthusiastic and provides great insights about preparation for the real world that you don't learn as a freshmen in art school. My colleagues and me now know how to conduct informational interviews and complete the next steps to obtaining a job. If every student were to take her class, I believe that they would be more successful in networking, building their brand, and selling themselves in interviews.

Brittnee Snodgrass

Susan's Marketing Yourself course can be summed up in one word -- purpose. How did you build your brand this week? What drives you? Who are you? These are not easy topics to talk about but are necessary in order to achieve the career of your dreams. Susan provided our class with key industry insights, tools and perspectives to ensure each student was set up for success upon graduation. Susan is truly a remarkable woman -- with captivating energy and a consistent smile -- her motivation and passion will drive anyone down the road to success. Thanks to Susan's Marketing Yourself class, I am confident to pitch myself to any professional and will carry all of the information that she shared with me for the rest of my life. My experience at Columbia College would not have been the same without Susan's class.

Elif Negiz

Susan Newman is one of a kind! I had the pleasure of taking her Marketing Yourself course during the fall semester of my senior year at Columbia College Chicago. I can honestly say I've never taken a class that made me leave every week filled with inspiration and yearning for more! The fundamentals Susan taught throughout the semester were lucrative in my career applying process. A lot of the lessons she taught not only gave me confidence but were things I feel as though I can carry with me throughout life. She came to the class weekly with an agenda ready to teach and story to inspire which is what ultimately made me fall in love with the class. Susan has an undeniable passion that seeps through her and radiates when she's in the classroom! It is without hesitation that I recommend Susan Newman not only as a professor but a mentor!

Joshua Foster

Susan's "Marketing Yourself" class is one of the first classes I recommend to Columbia students as it provided me with essential career-building tools. Her teaching style is a mix of heartfelt service to her students and a "just do it" mentality, a perfect combination as you implement her insight and exercises into your life and create a career you love.

Kathryn Walters

Lizzie Berman – Graduate, Indiana University

Before School2Life, my job search consisted only of searching on websites like Craigslist and Monster. Now I have the tools I need to network with people I meet and stand out to employers. School2Life also put me in contact with various professionals that I would not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise." I learned the skills required for finding a job are skills that I will use throughout my whole career. I learned that networking is essential and you never know who can help you. I also learned a lot about how to present myself to a potential employer, answer interview questions appropriately and be my own best advocate. I think more often about networking and use my skills when meeting new people. I now have more resources, other than the internet, to help me find a job. I have applied what I have learned from School2Life in interviews as well as daily life.

Lizzie Berman – Graduate, Indiana University

I attended Susan's class my Junior year at Columbia College. Regardless of your career direction Susan's real world teaching style helped me realize and develop myself as a professional on many levels. By the time I had finished the course I was ready to take on any challenge that post-college threw at me. Interviews, elevator speeches and how to position myself while networking along with many other skills all came second nature to me thanks to Susan's class.

Daving Paul Larson – Fashion Photographer

Ms. Newman, I wanted to let you know that the University of Rochester School of Medicine accepted me. Thanks so much for your help preparing for the interview. Looking over the questions that you provided me were extremely helpful and provided me with much more confidence going through the interview process. I hope that all is well. Thanks again.

Jeremy Herrmann

Susan's awareness of the growing concerns students face today has enabled her to address key issues and has enabled them to break down professional barriers. Her can-do attitude coupled with her compassion for her students will only empower them to do great things.

Jay Wadhwa Manager – Creative Services WMAQ NBC, Chicago

Heidi, thank you for your interesting talk today... More than interesting it was entertaining and you really had us engaged in what you were saying... really think you connected with them... you did a great service for the class and I hope you do more of these.

Rick Hardyman – Student

Success in life is increasingly dependent upon an individual's ability to market his or herself. Susan Newman's class equips sutdents with the skills required to market themselves appropriately, and balance traditional book smarts with the ability to professionally position their "brand.

Daryl Jones – General Manager Nike East Nike Inc.