Communications Runs in the Family

My dad has worked in sports broadcasting for the last 30 years. He was a communications major and started working for his university’s sports media department while he was still in school. To this day, he hasn’t stopped. His work ethic is unparalleled. He’s always worked to support my siblings and me, but as I got older I noticed another reason he works so hard. He genuinely loves his job.

When it came time to choose my major, I jumped head first into communication. You see, I had grown up in that world, I already felt like I was a part of it. I had spent the first 18 years of my life going with my dad to his work, which often included Super Bowls, World Series’, and national championships.

I never understood the stigma behind doing what your father does. You see it in movies and TV shows, albeit, overdramatized, “Dad, I don’t wanna take over the family business,” or, “Dad, I don’t want to be you.” It never made any sense to me. Why wouldn’t I want to be my dad?

The field of communications is a broad field, one that reaches many people. I think that’s why I’m so attracted to it. I like people, I like interacting with them. I like the idea that my dad’s work in Washington, D.C., is seen by someone across the country. I like the idea that this blog post can be seen by anyone with a laptop. A degree in communications means you know how to reach people; and that’s a very powerful thing.

I’m thrilled for a future in communications. Currently, I’m serving as Account Associate for the Bluestone Communications team that is working with Harrisonburg Little League. This summer, I’ll be interning at the same company that my dad has worked at for the past two decades: ESPN, the worldwide leader in sports.

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