Connor Sams ’18
Monrovia, California
Connor Sams


Connor came to Northwestern as a public relations major because he knew he wanted to work with people, especially in the world of professional sports. In addition to his major, Connor added a career concentration in sport management. He’s a captain of the men’s soccer team, a student ambassador, a peer tutor and a writer for Northwestern’s student newspaper, the Beacon. After graduation, he plans on moving back home to southern California to pursue a career in sports media or serve as a soccer coach.

The right fit

After Coach Dan Swier called me to let me know about Northwestern and the soccer program, I decided to come out for a visit. During my campus visit, I felt like I was at home. The soccer team was incredibly welcoming, and the community on campus was unlike any other school I had visited. NWC had everything I wanted in a college with its campus feel, small class sizes, the major and career concentration I was interested in, and the added perk of getting to continue to play soccer for four more years. I felt like God was calling me to be here at NWC, and I haven't regretted my decision for a second.

 Personable profs

The thing I appreciate most about the communication department faculty has to be their investment in you as a person. My adviser, Ann Minnick, is always making sure I am doing well and truly cares about me as a person, not just a number. I know if I ever need anything at all, I can go to her and she will always be willing to help. The communications faculty are not just professors and advisers, they are like family to me and to all of the communication students.

Set up for success

Northwestern has prepared me for my future in a number of different ways. The classes I have taken have not only challenged me to grow as a person, but have opened up doors to a number of different opportunities after college. Within my major, I have been able to do hands-on work that has given me confidence and experience to take on any task in my future career.

For the win

My favorite memory at NWC actually occurred on the soccer field. My sophomore year, the soccer team traveled to Alabama to play a few NAIA teams, including the number six team in the country. We ended up beating them after a late goal in the second half and a penalty save by our freshman goalkeeper. Despite the fact that I couldn’t play because of injury, I still ran onto the field with the team to celebrate our win. I will never forget the moment that the final whistle blew and we all dogpiled on our goalkeeper.