Radford Alumna Makes Her Way to WWE

Alyssa Strickland-Class of '16

By Emily Lewis

It was hard enough to choose what subject she would be studying but having to choose what she wanted to pursue a career in was beyond her. Alyssa Strickland had to choose a major that would fit her lifestyle and personality but what would it be? 

Strickland, 23, who attended Radford University from 2012-2016, said it was a lot of pressure choosing her major and concentration, but once she discovered advertising she knew it was the career path for her.

“I knew I was going into a field where I would enjoy what I would be doing, so picking a major wasn’t so threatening anymore,” she said. 

Strickland was not only a hardworking student, but was also very involved outside the classroom. She was a member of the Delta Psi chapter of the Sigma Kappa Sorority on campus and held the vice president of alumnae relations position.

She also worked as a service desk attendant at the Radford University Student Recreation and Wellness Center.

When it was time to graduate Strickland knew she would miss her friends and life at Radford but was ready to begin her career.

“I had an amazing time at Radford and was very blessed to have the kind of friends and professors I had,” Strickland said.

“Even though I was so sad to leave my friends, I was so excited to see what the next chapter of my life had in store for me. They say college is the best four years of your life, but life is so much bigger than college, and it keeps getting sweeter,” Strickland added.

Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Strickland now resides in Stamford, Connecticut. She landed an internship with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) immediately after graduating.

Strickland was told that she would be in training for three months to get experience and afterwards she would move back to Richmond. After just spending one month at the company as an intern, Strickland was offered a position as junior social media editor.

She stated that she was not expecting to be where she was today, “I thought I would just end up having an internship back in Richmond that would not fit my major and consist of coffee runs.”      

For Strickland, one of the favorite aspects of the job that she currently holds is the decision whether or not to stay. “This position will open so many doors for me that I would have never imagined before,” she said.

Another one of her favorite aspects are the friends that she has met along the way and the interaction with her team and other teams as well.

Although, Strickland does enjoy her current job this is not her dream career. Strickland stated that she would like to work with a nonprofit organization, “I have always had a passion for giving back to people, communities, or organizations that need help.”  

Strickland’s advice for students that are close to graduating is that it is never too late to get involved with a club or make a new friend. Her advice for students who have just graduated is to find a job that you will enjoy, “life is too short so don’t stick around at a job that you hate, find something that you are passionate about.” 

Dec 7, 2016
School of Communication