Douglas Brunton is not your average graduate student. Before enrolling at the University of Michigan for a Ph.D. in Communication Studies, he worked in multiple communications-related positions for a total of 25 years. To name a few, his roles ranged from advertising creative director to newspaper columnist, from communications manager to television producer. During this time he also received his master’s degree in New Media and Society at the University of Leicester in the United Kingdom. Not only did he bring his diverse professional and educational experiences to our graduate program, but also, his unique perspective as an international student from the Caribbean. In Rackham Graduate School’s blog, Brunton recounts these experiences and more, outlining his successful completion of his first year in our graduate program.