Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about graduation. Not because I am graduating any time soon but because over time Facebook shows me my memories, and I find myself amazed at how fast my time at Marywood is flying by.
That being said, I’ve compiled a list of 10 things all Communications Majors should do before graduation.
- Become a published author — Whether you write your own blog or avidly write for The Wood Word, having your writing published is incredibly rewarding both personally and for your career.
- Gain experience behind the camera — Before coming to Marywood, I had never touched a video camera let alone operated one. Learning how to use it was definitely challenging. However, I know that feeling comfortable behind the lens is an essential skill no matter what branch of communication arts you are pursuing a career in.
- Gain experience in front of the camera — While I know this is uncomfortable for many people, it is the coolest thing to see yourself on camera and even cooler to have this on your resume!
- Get comfortable speaking in public — Maybe it’s because I am a Public Relations major, but I am always amazed at the number of college students who do not feel comfortable speaking in front of a crowd. Learning to speak publicly is, in my opinion, the most important thing for all communication arts majors.
- Take a class outside of your comfort zone — As important as your major classes are, taking electives is almost as important for opening your eyes to something new and exciting.
- Put together a resume — Keeping track of all of your experience will make searching for a job after graduation much easier.
- Learn the basics of video editing — Although I have no intention of pursuing a career in video production or editing, the skills I learned can be used in virtually any branch of the communication arts field.
- Intern — I know everyone tells students to intern no matter what field you are studying, but real world experience is the first stepping stone to being ready to join the workforce after graduation.
- Try something new in the department — My freshman year I signed up to deejay for Marywood’s radio station knowing that it was unrelated to my major and out of my comfort zone. However, out of all the ridiculous things I tried freshman year, it has been the most rewarding and fun! Try something new. You never know what will happen.
- Find your niche in the Communication Arts department — Although, I came to Marywood as a Public Relations major, I still wasn’t really sure what that meant. But, the more I learn, the more comfortable I find myself in Public Relations.
During my time at Marywood, I have found both challenges and opportunities while simultaneously finding my home in Public Relations, and I am so grateful for that. Time to start checking things off your list, Communication Arts majors!
Alexandra (AJ) Gobelbecker is a sophomore double major in Communication Arts and History/Political Science. When she’s not in class, she’s working for the Marywood chapter Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and serving as Editor-in-Chief of the HerCampus Marywood blog.