Real Story: Brooke Brown

Brooke Brown

CSM Class of 2015, Media StudiesA selfie of CSM grad Brooke Brown and a small dog

Current Job Title: Owner, Bashes by Brooke Brown; Department of Defense employee, Naval Air Station Patuxent River
Transfer Institution: University of Maryland University College (now Global Campus)

I saw people around me go off to college, and they were drowning in debt. I wanted to earn my degree at a reasonable price, so I chose to go the path of community college. Turns out, CSM offers many more perks, like smaller class sizes that allow you to create a relationship with your teacher and get more one-on-one experience and knowledge from them.

My favorite memory at CSM was when I had the opportunity to be on a women's leadership panel. I was able to stand next to some fierce businesswomen and talk about how women can enter a male-dominated industry and still succeed. CSM prepared me for today by introducing me to some fantastic individuals and teaching me that the power of networking can be life-changing.

Get involved with your school and stay connected to what is going on. You never know what opportunity might get you further along your career path. Networking with the right people gave me the opportunity to for internships (ESPN, Fox 5 News, iHeart Radio) and job opportunities—so talk to strangers! Stay involved, even when you leave. I recently joined the CSM alumni committee and have been able to meet new people and assist CSM in their upcoming alumni events.

I am currently working at the Patuxent River naval base as a Department of Defense employee, but I also run my own business called Bashes by Brooke Brown—a mix of fun, high-energy fun mixology courses and restaurant consulting. I go into restaurants and train employees on service and teach them how to make craft cocktails. I also teach cocktail courses to the community—including CSM alumni!

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Last updated: 11/16/22

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