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Communication is Key

When I decided to attend JMU, my original thought was that I would pursue the five-year master’s program for education and specialize in special education. I didn’t know if I wanted to be a teacher, but I did know that I loved working with and helping people. After the first three weeks of classes freshman year, I realized that I no longer wanted to be an education major, but did not really know what I wanted. The only thing I knew for sure was that I was completely enticed by SCOM 123 class.


From the moment my class started, I felt a connection with what I was learning. One of the things that drew me in immediately was the variety of ways communication can be used. Since we talk to one another all the time, communication is not necessarily something we study in school. When we started talking about different types of communication and how they could be used, I was hooked. Before the end of my first semester of freshman year, I decided I would pursue communications and concentrate in public relations.


The thing I am most grateful for that I have learned from PR is that I know I will be able to use my degree for the rest of my life. Since I am a senior, there has been a lot of talk among my peers about what we are going to do for the rest of our lives. I have heard an overwhelming amount of people say that they don’t think that their major is going to help them in the field they are going into, which is perfectly fine! I still don’t know exactly what I want to do, but I know I will be able to take my communication skills wherever I go.

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