As I approach graduation in May, I find myself reflecting on how I got here. I started at Kent State as a exploratory major in Fall 2011. I was fresh out of high school– nervous and doe-eyed– and overwhelmed with the thought of having to decide on a career at the age of 18. Like many college students, the first major I chose was not the major I ended with. I began as a Broadcast Journalism major in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I was drawn to the major because I loved the multimedia aspect and enjoyed the interviewing and writing skills I was developing. As I progressed in the program, I began to have doubts about whether reporting was something I wanted to make a career out of. Thankfully, I found Communication Studies and I realized it still encompassed all of the things I loved about Journalism, but with a much broader scope. I have been in the Communication Studies program for about three semesters now and I have to say that it was the right switch. I have had great experiences with the courses, faculty, and students, and I really feel at home in Taylor Hall.
While I love my major and I have learned a lot, I still can’t shake that feeling of uncertainty. Through my courses, I have learned about the multitude of possibilities that exist with a Communication Studies degree; however, I have struggled to find my niche and exactly what path I want to take with my degree. Whenever I tell people my major, I always get asked, “What do you want to do with that?” I usually feel a slight drop in my stomach and I respond with an answer about what I could do and some prepared statement about how I’m still trying to figure it out. I would always dread answering this question because it invokes fear in me that I don’t have it all figured out, and maybe I’m destined for failure. But lately, I’ve found a different way to answer this question.My
If you can do so much with a Communication Studies degree, then why am I putting so much pressure on myself to find just one thing I want to do with it?
Now when someone asks me what I want to do with my degree, I tell them “Everything.” With my Communication Studies background, I have learned written, visual, and oral communication skills that can be translated into a number of careers. I have critical thinking and problem-solving skills, as well as the ability to work in groups with people of all different backgrounds. Who’s to say that I have to take just one path? I love that my major sets me up to do whatever I want with it. I love that I have the opportunity to do so many different things, that I can change careers at any time if I so wish.
So if you find that you feel overwhelmed with options like I did, and you don’t know which path to take, then I say, take a deep breath, step back and marvel at all the paths you can take. Communication Studies is a versatile degree and you can take it any direction(s) you wish. If you find you don’t like one, then try something different. And remember, when it feels like you have too many choices, be thankful that you already made one really good choice: Communication Studies.
Thanks for reading,