Meet a Communication Major

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Lauren LoBello ’13

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America)
  • Communications Club

Read about why Lauren chose her major [+]

Why did you choose your major? 

I chose to be a communication major because of how prevalent communication is today. Choosing communication as my major, with a concentration in public relations, has given me a broad understanding of media and the role it plays in the world. After graduation, I will have the chance to work in the public relations field for a company, organization or an agency.

What has been your favorite class? 

My favorite class in my major was Public Speaking (COMM 110) because it gave me skills to apply in all of my other courses. This class took me out of my comfort zone and greatly improved my presentation skills.

Have you done any internships?

I interned at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York as a public relations/marketing intern. My internship was located in midtown Manhattan, where I had a great experience working in a professional environment. My time as an intern has allowed me to feel more comfortable beginning a new career in the public relations field after graduation.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to work in the public relations industry after graduation.

What are the faculty like?

I have had the chance to be in class with almost every faculty member in the Communication department. Each faculty member has made his or her class a great experience for me. I have developed a positive and supportive relationship with each of them during my time working as a student-assistant in the Communication department.

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

My favorite thing about my major is that communication is around us constantly. There is always something current happening in the world that I feel I can relate my studies to. This also allows for a large variety of career options and opportunities.

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

The most difficult thing about my major was starting out as a communication student and needing to choose between the four concentrations offered to majors. Now as my time as a student here is coming to an end, my next challenge will be bringing together all that I have learned in my time here to write my senior thesis.

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

Students who are trying to choose a major should choose something that they are passionate about. Students should choose a major that can both help them achieve their career goals, as well as choosing an area of study that they will be interested in learning more about.

 

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Joe Murtagh ’14

Extra-curricular activities: 

  • L.O.V.E.
  • Players
  • American Advertising Federation

Read about Joe’s favorite class [+]

What has been your favorite class? 

My favorite class was Advertising and Communication Research (COMM 230) because it was the perfect mix of communication and psychology. Dr. Kern also tailored the projects and assignments to the class to reflect current practices and studies that are conducted in the advertising industry today. I created, distributed and analyzed surveys, conducted focus groups and wrote complete research reports. This class gave me the transferable skills pertaining to research and writing that I have used for other courses in my two minors, psychology and English, as well as in a professional setting at my internship.

Why did you choose your major? 

I chose communication because I was interested in a career that would allow me to study and work with people and media. After my first class in the major, Intro to Mass Communication (COMM 101), I learned more about each of the four concentrations (advertising, broadcast, journalism and public relations) and decided I wanted to pursue a career in advertising. I loved the idea that advertisements are a means to educate consumers about products and services on the market as well as how they often involve psychology and the study of human behavior.

Have you done any internships?

I’m doing an internship that Dr. Kern helped me obtain by writing me a recommendation, giving me direct contact information and acting as an adviser every step of the way. I am happy to say that my major courses definitely prepared me for this internship. Every task I am given is nothing that I havn’t seen before in the classroom. Also, thanks to the Web Design and Digital Print Design courses that I have taken, the company I work for trusts me with great responsibilities such as updating and maintaining their website and creating forms.

What are your plans after graduation?

My goal is to work in a full-service advertising agency that offers everything a client would want. With so many niche agencies these days, I think it is impressive when an agency can tell a client that they can do anything for them, even research and production. More specifically, however, I would like to get a job in media planning or advertising research.

What are the faculty like?

The communication faculty members are amazing. They are experienced, knowledgeable and always there for the students. They not only care about how you are doing in their classes but how you are doing overall in your college life. They want to see each of us grow in our academics and on a personal level. Seeing how much they love their jobs has made me consider pursuing a Ph.D. to teach advertising one day after I establish myself in the industry and get experience working for different agencies.

What’s your favorite thing about this major?

My favorite thing about my major has been the community. All the professors and students I have interacted with have been awesome. From the moment I first joined the major, I felt so welcome.

What’s the most difficult thing about this major?

The most difficult thing about my major is choosing which communication electives I want to take. Every course that the department offers, I really want to take. I wish there was more time for me to take all the electives I want!

What advice would you give to new students trying to select a major?

For new students who are trying to decide on a major, the best advice I could give is to do what you love. Once you figure that out, make connections with the people in your department because then they will help you build a life from everything you love to do.