When I first came to UNCW I did not intend on being a COM major. I was taking COM 105 to fulfill a requirement for my minor, but in the process I realized the COM department was where I was meant to be. The courses were relevant and beneficial not only then, but now. I often recall what I learned as a COM major and apply it to my current situation. The COM major was well designed in its approach. The core classes were helpful and necessary, even if I did not see it at the time, the electives allowed plenty of room for me to explore my areas of interest, and the capstone course was the perfect way to wrap up all that I had learned throughout my time as a COM student. Capstone was by far one of the best courses I have ever taken. Professor Trimble afforded us the opportunity to assemble a professional portfolio and conduct a killer interview, all while building our confidence. I owe a great deal to the COM department. The courses and the professors in the COM department provided me with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in any endeavor I pursue, and for that I am forever grateful.
What area/classes did you focus on while you were in COM?
I did not have a specific focus as a COM major. Instead, I took different courses that I believed would be beneficial in building my skill set and knowledge base. I focused on taking courses that aligned with my vague career aspirations at the time. Classes such as Organizational Communication, Business and Professional Communication, Intercultural Communication, and Community & Interracial Dialogue were a few of those classes, and I benefited greatly from them.
What do you miss most about being a COM student?
The professors. I have taken classes in many different departments, but COM professors are among the best. Every professor I had in the COM department was extremely knowledgeable and had an obvious vested interest in his/her students.
What is one piece of advice you would give yourself if you could go back?
Pay more attention in theory! There are so many great communication theories that are applicable to everyday situations. I would tell myself to make sure that I am not only learning the theory itself but that I am also making an effort to remember the names of each theory. Also, I would tell myself to work up the courage to ask Dr. Weber where he gets his ties.