29 Oct

Before this internship, I was not very experienced with the interviewing process. I had given amateur interviews before, for classes and for my band fraternity, but I had never given a professional, real-life interview. I was first presented this opportunity when I was asked to interview  the Fifth Third Bank Vice President, Louise Gissendaner. I admit, my first draft of interview questions was not excellent. But with some help, I was able to rearrange the questions, take out unnecessary questions, and add questions that were more relevant to the interview subject. I interviewed her about her acceptance of The Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Communication Studies at Homecoming.  It was a phone interview and I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t a bit nervous at first. But as I called her and we got to talking, I realized that I actually really liked interviewing and it wasn’t so hard. My final draft of interview questions led to a conversation that flowed together and made for a very smooth, connected, and relevant interview.

After this interview, I also learned how to correctly write a news story. Although I knew the basics of news writing, it really helped to have my rough draft edited and reordered to be more fit to publish. I learned how to order paragraphs in order of importance, combine quotes, take out unnecessary information, use the correct writing format, blend information together to be less wordy, and more. After my first interview and news story, I felt much more educated and prepared for the next one!

The next two interviews I conducted were with the Ryan Seacrest contest winner and Comm Studies student, Marina Strah, and with the new Undergraduate Coordinator, Catherine Goodall. I felt that these interviews also went well and I’m confident in saying that I enjoy interviewing! My article about Marina had some kinks at first, but was much improved from the last. I’m sure that my current article about Catherine Goodall will be even better. I’m excited to keep improving my interviewing and writing skills and I’m glad for all of these opportunities that have been given to me!

Thanks for reading,

Shannon French

Freshman Recruitment

17 Oct

Today was the first day of Freshman Recruitment of this semester and let me tell you, I had SO much fun. I usually do Freshman recruitment every semester but this semester was different because The School of Communication Studies had moreDSC00248 freebies and fun hand-outs to give to all the high school students. We also have a new student that does presentations to the high school seniors for The Communication studies, Rachael Morrell. Rachael did an amazing job presenting to the students, she explained to them what Communication Studies is, what you can do with the major, the different concentrations of Communications, and the potential jobs you can get after graduation. It was a lot of fun informing students about Communication Studies major, we love what we do here in Taylor Hall and we want to let new freshman know what all they can do with a major not to many people know about. DSC00269

Communication Studies is one of the top degrees that employers are looking for because you can learn a wide variety of skills here, it combines three schools (JMC, VCD, and COMM) in one degree and that’s what we want new incoming freshman to understand. Not too many high-schoolers know about Communication Studies and it’s our job to explain to them all the fun and exciting opportunities that you can do with the major. We did have many DSC00271students that were interested in our major and we welcome all students to Communication Studies because like I said, we LOVE what we do here in The School of Communications and we want to make all new incoming students love it as well.

My experience today was so much fun, I am graduating from Kent State in seven weeks and this is what I’m going to miss the most, telling people how much I love my major and all the wonderful opportunities it has brought me. Even though I am graduating this DSC00262semester, I would always come back to help out Dr. Trebing in freshman recruitment because I really think more students need to know about the major and what Comm studies offers. There are only a couple events left of Freshman Recruitment during this fall semester and I am going to try my best to recruit as many high school students as possible in that time. The greatest part about freshman recruitment is meeting new people and being able to Market and promote what I love to do.

Re-Cap of KCS meeting

3 Oct

On October 1, KCS had a meeting to discuss upcoming events and volunteer opportunities. If you missed out, here is a brief overview of what we talked about. We are currently planning our first “social” which everyone liked the idea of going to a pumpkin patch, the KCS officers sent out a survey via email to see who was all going to attend and what day/time would be good for everyone to participate. Check your email for the survey, remember, you get points for attending the social!

We broke up into groups that we recently signed up for like, Homecoming, fundraising, social and volunteer, and PR and KCS flyerAdvertising and discussed what we are going to be working on in the next week. If you haven’t got a chance to sign up for a committee, email one of the officers to get signed up!

Homecoming is KCS’s big event coming up, we are trying to get participants to help out with the reception and the homecoming day parade. If you want to sign up for either, let President Kara Curry, know within the next week via email ( We need people to help so come out, have fun, and meet some new people!

The fundraising committee talked about picking a style for t-shirts and hoodies, come to the next meeting to hear about the design ideas! If you have any ideas for hoodies/t shirts, contact Evan Branzel, Treasurer, via email. The PR & Advertising committee discussed some design ideas for flyers for homecoming to promote KCS and flyers to put up in Taylor Hall. We are going to be going over these ideas in the next meeting.

The next KCS meeting will be on October 8 in Taylor Hall room 146. Remember, there is free pizza and refreshments for everyone who comes to the meeting! Fees are also due at the next meeting, $5 for the semester and $10 for the whole year. Make sure you give your fees to Evan Branzel!

Popular Question among Kent State Students: What Can You Do with a Communications Degree?

30 Sep

As I was sitting in class today, I heard another student say that they don’t know what to do with their major in Applied communications and they are quite confused. Which leads me to writing this blog post because it’s very important that ALL communication majors should know what to do with their major before they graduate.

What to do with a Communications degreeSo my question is, what can you NOT do with a communications degree? In Communication studies, learn you how to do so much within the school itself. You can take VCD, JMC, and COMM classes to get the full experience. That’s basically combining three schools into one major. So if you really think about it, you can do SO much with a communications degree. Communication Studies majors is one of the top most wanted degrees that employers are looking for. Mainly because in Communications, you learn how to write and do speeches professionally, you learn how to work and collaborate in groups and teams, and you learn how to communicate effectively between people and in the work environment. Communication is important in the world today especially within the work place. You need to know how to communicate with your friends, family, and employees to get by on a day to day basis. You not only need to learn how to communicate between people, but you also need to learn how to understand people as well.

So let me ask you again, what can you do with a Communications Degree? Well what do you want to do? If you like Marketing, then go ahead and take some marketing classes, look for a marketing internship to gain experience, and then when you graduate, or even before, you can start looking for jobs within Marketing. Say if you want to be in Advertising, or Human Resources, or a Teacher, you can take specific classes within the three schools to learn that specific skill set. Communication studies also have six concentrations, including, Health, Organizational, Public, Interpersonal, Global, and Applied Communication. Within those concentrations, think of how long the list goes on and on with all the jobs you can do! If you want to work in a hospital or in Public Health, be a Health Concentration. If you want to be in Human Resources, you should choose Organizational Concentration and if you want to be a teacher, you can choose an Interpersonal Concentration. I could keep going and going, explaining to you all the different potential jobs that you could get with a Communications major.

The only thing you need to do when you’re in an interview for your “Dream job” is think of how you will stick out from the rest. You’re in an interview for a Marketing Assistant position and there is a person there that is competing with you and he/she is a Marketing major but your a Communications major, make yourself stand out, have confidence in yourself! You’ve taken classes on interviewing, marketing, organizational communication so you have just as much experience, if not more, as the other person. But being a communication major, you learn how to communicate and how to do it WELL! So you should know how to ACE the interview and get that Dream Job you worked so hard for!

So stop sitting around and wasting your time wondering what you’re going to do with your major because like I said, the job list goes on and on and it’s what YOU want to do and YOU have to have the communication skills and the confidence! So go out and get your dream job, you Communications Major!

A Little Bit of Reflection

23 Sep

I have really enjoyed my time so far at this internship! I’ve especially enjoyed the real world experience of learning how to write news stories, conduct professional interviews, and manage pages on social media. Although there is much to learn in a classroom setting, I feel that experience in the field is priceless. But as I think back to my time at Kent State the past three years, I realize that I have learned so much in my classes, my activities, and especially from the “college experience.” And with this being my last year of undergrad, I would like to take a little time to reflect upon my time here at Kent…

My college years have by far been some of the best years of my life. I have learned to lead, to not fear failure, to be myself, to be open to change, to be open-minded, to persevere, and, most importantly, to laugh and be happy at every possible moment. During my sophomore year, I chose a major that I love and fits me well. Being a member of band and Kappa Kappa Psi (a national band service fraternity) has also shaped who I am today and has been a main reason why I have had such a great college experience. If I could give any advice to incoming college students, I would say to grab any opportunity that comes your way, even if it seems like the scariest thing in the world at the time. Make connections, get involved, and join clubs just for the sake of joining. My college career would have been very different if I had not been involved on campus. If there’s one thing that I’ve noticed in the past few years, it’s that the things that seem the scariest and most intimidating are the most worthwhile and life-changing. Can’t wait to see what exciting opportunities present themselves to me during my last year as an undergrad at Kent State!

Thanks for reading,


KCS first Social

19 Sep

At 10:30 this morning, KCS had their first social which consisted of re-doing the bulletin board in Taylor Hall. The theme of the bulletin board is fall, since it is the beginning of the fall semester. Only a few people showed up but that didn’t stop the group from having fun and getting creative! 1socialSocials are a great way to come out and make some new friends. It only took the group about an hour and a half to complete the bulletin board and they plan on adding something new every month. Check the bulletin board for new updates and events coming up this September!2social

KCS next meeting is on Wednesday, September 24th at 5 p.m. in Taylor Hall room 146. You don’t want to miss out on the free pizza and pop! Also, don’t forget to pay your dues.

Kent Communication Society

18 Sep

Need to meet some new people? Want to get more involved on campus? Come and join KCS (Kent Communication Society) And no, you don’t have to be a Communications major to join!

This semester is going to be a fun semester! KCS is planning on a lot of activities to do and many ways to get involved in the Kent Community.

This semester, we have new officers that lead the student-run organization.
Kara Curry – President
Abby Yackley – Vice President
Joanna Lees – Secretary
Evan Branzel – Treasurer
Ashley Cowles – PR and Advertising
Hanna Richards – Social Media

KCS meets every Wednesday at 5 p.m. in Taylor Hall room 146.
Every week there is free pizza and pop for all those who join in at the meeting!

KCS is currently working on creating committee’s for students to participate in activities on and off campus. There will be a homecoming, social, community service, fundraising, and PR & Advertising committees. Students will be able to pick the committee they want to join on Wednesday, September 24th.

There is a $5 fee to join KCS for the semester or you can pay $10 for the whole year. The fee is due on October 15th. Contact Evan Branzel, the treasurer, to pay your dues at

KCS first social is this Friday, September 19th at 10:30 a.m in Taylor Hall computer lab to work on the bulletin board. Come and join KCS decorate and communicate!

**Next meeting, come prepared to pick the committee you would like to join, come with idea’s for homecoming and socials, and don’t forget to pay your dues!!


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