Thursday was my last day as an intern for the School of Communication Studies.
I have greatly enjoyed my time here, and I’m looking forward to having classes in Taylor Hall this fall!
As August 31 marks my last first day of school, I wanted to write a little bit about why I chose Comm Studies and my feelings about finishing – both this internship and my degree as a whole!
When I was in high school, I loved the idea of being a photographer. I love taking pictures and capturing the beauty around me. Then I looked into what it took to get a degree in photography and how much work it is, and said “No, thank you!”
This left me with no clue what I wanted to do when I got to the university level.
When I was a senior, I took a College and Career Exploration class, and one of our assignments was to shadow someone whose job we thought would be interesting. I chose to shadow a family friend who was the Marketing Director at Kent State Stark at the time. I went into her office not really knowing what to expect, and left thinking “I want to do that!”
I asked her what kind of degree it would take to get a job like hers. She told me she had majored in marketing when she went to school, but recommended the applied concentration within communication studies. She gave me a little bit more information about the major and invited me to come back to the Kent State Stark campus the next week for a “Comm Day.” I met Dr. Duncan that day, and while she probably doesn’t remember that, I definitely do! I felt extremely welcomed and excited about pursuing a degree in communication studies.
I went into my freshman year of college with applied communication as my declared major, and it has been applied communication ever since! Being a part of the School of Communication Studies has given me many opportunities to be part of something valuable and lasting. During my junior year, I was given the opportunity to be the vice president of the Kent Communication Society (KCS), which gave me some insight into what it is like to lead in an organizational setting. As the VP of KCS, I was in charge of organizing what KCS did for Homecoming, which was challenging and eye-opening in a couple of different ways. First, I realized how challenging it is to get people involved, and secondly, how much work it actually takes to put an event together!
If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, you will probably know that I also had the opportunity to study abroad during my junior year which was absolutely incredible. If you have the chance to study abroad, take it. You can read a little bit more about that here!
And that brings me to where I am today: the rare student who started out as a Communication Studies major and is finishing as a Communication Studies major. I also decided to minor in Photo Illustration, so my high school self’s dream of becoming a photographer wasn’t just a pipe dream!
This internship has given me the opportunity to see what goes on behind the scenes at the School of Communication Studies. I have also had the chance to meet some wonderful people, as well as interview new faculty and staff. I think my writing skills have improved, and I gained experience managing social media accounts and editing and maintaining the school’s website. This experience has also given me a little bit of insight into what I want to do and what I don’t want to do in the future, which is exactly what experiences like this are for!
I feel that I can confidently go forward to my last semester as a student with a handful of necessary tools that I learned here at Kent State University. I think those tools are what will help me succeed when I enter the world that awaits after graduation in December.
I hope this gives you a bit of a glimpse into my experience at Kent State.
Thanks for reading, and maybe I’ll see you around Taylor Hall this fall!