Master of Arts in Communication
Graduation: May 6, 2017
As I reflect on my years within Queens Communication Master’s program, I am amazed at how much I’ve learned within a short timeframe. When I started this program, I was excited yet nervous on how well I would perform since I didn’t come from a communication background. Yet, I understood how critical communication played in every aspect of my life.
From my work to home life, learning how to effectively communicate is key to how well I contribute in life. For example, when I originally started this journey a couple of years ago, I self-published an inspirational book, planned to retire from corporate world to become a full-time author, and dealt with the loss of a loved one. I quickly realized I was not prepared for any of those life events and found myself struggling to effectively deal with them.
Yet, this curriculum taught me through various theories how to identify and apply communication theories to everyday life. For example, I learned through Uses and Gratification theory to access the “why” people do what they do. During my time of grief, I could identify some relatives used social media to express anguish and hurt because that forum was more comfortable instead of FtF interaction. Prior, I never understood why people would put obituaries and death announcements on Facebook. I even thought it was tasteless and disrespectful. However, this class taught me social media is another platform, just like the newspaper, used to communicate and inform.
Kenneth Burke’s “Equipment for Living” theory assumes the audience may find meaning to help obtain meaning or answers to similar life situations. It seeks to promote and protect the “good” of continued learning. What I enjoy most about Burke’s theory is the fact it does not assume common sense is required for continued learning. The text mentions the joy of our responsibility is to take up the action of learning with the mantra that the loss of common sense is good (Arnett et al., 2009). This theory sums up what this Master’s program means to me, an opportunity to disavow what I previously learned, become a sponge, and soak up new knowledge. By becoming open to new ways to communicate, I learned how to successful navigate and resolve conflict on several work projects.
During this digital portfolio, I plan to use the digital portfolio template provided to creatively display how I could apply and articulate the following. Please click on each link to hear preview of each literacy:
· Prelude to Theoretical literacy: https://youtu.be/UdybTW42vCI
· Theoretical literacy: comm-616-project-paper
The online program challenged and stretched me by exposing me to new communication platforms I never used before. For example, I never used Twitter and found this platform to be fun, engaging, and informational for myself and others. In addition, I never created a You-tube channel nor podcasts until several classes required a digital display of understanding several theories and how they relate to life. Although each experience was unique, I didn’t gravitate towards them easily since it wasn’t familiar to me. It took lots of late nights trying to figure out how to make each forum work to the best of my ability within a short timeframe. Yet, I’m grateful for each experience because I can use them in every facet of my life going forward.
09-10 Fall Term- Comm 602 G 001 Research Proseminar-Dr. Kimberly Weller
09-10 Sum Term-Comm 626 G 001 Best Practices in Strategic Communication-Dr. Leanne Pupchek
10-11 Sprg Term-Comm 643 G H01 Crafting the Message-Dr. Leanne Pupchek
13-14 Sum Term-Comm 601 G W07 Communication Fluency-Dr. Curt Gilstap
13-14 Sum Term-Comm 610 G W07 The Social Creation of Organizing-Dr. Elizabeth Stephens
14-15 Fall Term-Comm 613 G W07 Constructing Messages & Audiences-Dr. John A. McArthur
14-15 Fall Term-Comm 616 G W07 Communicating Mindfully-Dr. Leanne Pupchek
14-15 Sprg Term-Comm 658 G W07 Creativity and Networks-Dr. Stavoula Kalogeras
14-15 Sprg Term-Comm 655G W07 Mediated Self & Changing Relationship-Dr. Stavoula Kalogeras
14-15 Sum Term-Comm 629 G W07 Leadership, Empowerment & Management of Meaning-Dr. Zachary White
14-15 Sum TermComm 664 G W04 Organizational Identity & Brand-Dr. Renee Cowan
16-17 Fall Term Comm 680 W 15 Expanding Communication Boundaries -Dr. Renee Cowan
16-17 Fall Term Comm 681 W 15 Launching Passion into Practice-Dr. Renee Cowan
I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend Queens University Master of Arts Communication program. Although I have come from a Criminal Justice background, worked for an insurance company as a Treasury Analyst for over 10 years, communication is crucial in everyday life. Specifically, understanding the history behind how and why we communicate helps produce effective communication. I’ve enjoyed learning a tremendous amount and appreciate all my professors for their guidance and assistance in helping me get to this point. Although I’ve faced several challenges throughout the years, I’ve learned through my adversity what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Through my imperfections is where I can shine the most-Hence the title of my webpage.