Travis Cummings '17
Following a Passion
Travis Cummings came to Spring Hill with the long-term goal of becoming an anesthesiologist. A career in the medical profession seemed lucrative and secure, but long nights of chemistry homework led him to the realization that his passions were elsewhere. He decided to listen to what friends had been telling him all along – to become a communications professional – and changed his major to journalism.
As Travis entered sophomore year, he initiated what he likes to refer to as the process of transitioning into his passion – throwing himself into all opportunities the Communication Arts Department and student media courses offered. He took on multiple roles in the BadgerTV newsroom, including reporter, producer and anchor. He also spent time reporting for the SpringHillian newspaper and serving as the social media intern for the Admissions office. To further round out his experience, he completed internships at local television stations WPMI NBC 15 in Mobile, Alabama, and WDSU in New Orleans and provided press coverage for both Mobile Fashion Week and the 1065 music festival
“My experiences have given me a lot of practice using real-world industry techniques, and I’ve learned how to function as a professional in my field,” Travis said, adding that he feels that the comprehensive scope of the Communications Department has prepared him for a variety of jobs in the communications industry. Now, he says he’d rather be up all night editing than doing math. “This is what I really wanted to do.”
“I’ve been able to make a mark here on The Hill. It’s been a pleasure to help other minority students develop and make a name for themselves on campus as well.”
Other campus activities for Travis included service as a SpringHillian Ambassador, an experience which eventually led to his promotion to program leader during his senior year. He was also a resident advisor for two years and a founding member of the Men of Color Council Legacy Chapter. “I’ve been able to make a mark here on The Hill,” he said. “It’s been a pleasure to help other minority students develop and make a name for themselves on campus as well.” He also established the OverThinkers company and magazine, which recognizes young adults who are impacting their communities through clothes, music and entrepreneurship.
Travis was recently awarded the Franklin Murray, SJ Award in Communication Arts, and he is currently pursuing a career in journalism, and is considering several opportunities that will allow him to pursue his writing and interests in video production, media and entertainment.
Reflecting on his four years at Spring Hill, Travis said that all of the different experiences and roles he’s taken on both on and off campus have molded and enriched him, but at the same time he said his most important lesson has been to learn how to remain true to himself. “Just recognize your strengths, whatever it is you’re good at, what’s going to make you happy — and have fun in the long run.”