Communication Round Table

The last blog post I made was how being a communication major helped me get to where I am today. I know my experience, but I do not know how others in Rhetoric and Communication or Corporate Communications experience the major.

I sat down with senior Sara Angel (Rhetoric and Communication), sophomore Annika Strolle (Corporate Communications), and freshmen Abby Sauer (heading towards Corporate Communication) about their majors. I wanted to get their opinions on these different majors and different school years. After speaking with all three, I was able to see lots of different reasons why each person chose the major and how they believe the major would help them in the real world.

I first spoke with Angel when I asked her about what she thinks about Rhetoric and Communication, and what she tells others about the major. She said “people ask me what I’m going to do after graduation; I say I really have no idea but I am not worried about it because I have so much opportunity/opportunities.”

Angel talked about how her communication major can be applied to so much in the work force. Strolle agreed with Angel and both gave examples of jobs in retail, social media, public relations, management for any company, and several different types of jobs. I asked Abby if she agreed with what the other two said. Sauer did, and mentioned that she has not been in the major since she’s a freshmen, but in her job on campus, in the Office of Student Involvement, she believes that communication has been able to help her with her job.

Angel and Strolle started to talk about the classes Sauer will have to take in the future. I asked them what they think the most important skill they have taken away from their communication classes. All three said public speaking, being able communicate appropriately, and not being afraid to apply themselves. Angel said, “The best part of communication classes — you finish the entire class or after just one class, you can take something from it and apply it to something.”

I asked each for specific examples. Angel talked about how she got all her jobs, the different positions in clubs, and her internship thanks to these classes. “I find it way easier to talk with management when it comes to my jobs and be able to speak my mind to better help out.” Angel is the current President of the Campus Activities Board (CAB), which is one of the largest clubs on Dominican’s campus. She has been working with CAB since her sophomore year and she used her communication skills to make the club the best and has now gotten her to the top position with the club.

The last thing Angel mentioned was how the major has helped with being able to interview for positions. She talked about the long and difficult process to get into the Disney Internship programs with several interviews and forms to sign.

Strolle agreed with Angel about making interviews a lot easier, and she spoke about with her work to compete in the Miss America pageant. She talked about the long process, but saying the “make or break” moment is in a ten minute interview. Strolle talked about how the public speaking classes and other communication classes helped her in that interview and helped her move on to the next step.

She also talked about how it has helped her with her job teaching girls to dance. “Working with three through six year-old girls is not the easiest to do, to make sure they all know what they are doing and enjoy. The other step in teaching these girls is speaking with their parents and telling them how their daughters are progressing.”

I asked all three what they wanted to do once they graduated with the communication degree. Angel said she wants to continue with the Disney Program and try to get a full time position in Orlando. Strolle said she wants to go into public relations with human resources and to work with a museum developing exhibits.

Sauer said she is not sure what she wants to do when she is done with Dominican. But no matter what she will do that she knows continuing with communication will help her.



Student Reflects on Rhetoric & Communication Major

My name is Axel Vargas-Irlanda, and I am a Rhetoric and Communication Major and Social Media Minor here at Dominican University.

Usually when some asks me what my major is and I say, “Rhetoric and Communication,” I either get the responses of “Oh cool! What is that?” or “What does a person do with that?”

I reply to them with “Just about anything.”

When I first came to Dominican, I had no idea what I wanted to do. So, I talked with my peer adviser, and she would tell me all the classes that I needed, but also tried to find some that I found interesting. When she showed communication classes that dealt with film, film editing, social media, gaming, journalism, graphic design, business, learning how to public speak, and more — that I could list on and on — I knew it was the major for me.

Open Mic Night 2Every communication class I have taken helped me apply for the jobs and clubs I have taken part in here at Dominican. The club in which I have used the most of my communication skills is taking part with the Campus Activities Board in the Mainstage department. My job was to host open mics, post publicity of events on social media, hosting student requested events, and hire entertainment for students on campus.

To create events I would have to reserve the space, handle contracts with the companies coming to campus (if needed), make sure there was food/catering at the events, buy prizes/giveaways for students that attend, and work a team of people to make sure everything was prepared for the event.

Open Mic Night

For open mics I would host them by speaking in front of over 70 people, introducing student performances, telling jokes, keeping the crowd interested and even performing myself. It was not just about music either; the largest event was a video game tournament, Game Night Live.

Game Night Live 2

This had the most attendance of any event I created with the club, having over 100 Dominican students, residents and commuters. The winners got to win the newest of the gaming systems. People were going crazy when the tournament was going on, and everyone enjoyed having this kind of event for Dominican. Taking classes like public speaking, persuasion, and many others helped me prepare for events like that.

Game Night Live

For these events I would also have to make the online flyers. They were fun to make, and taking the graphic design classes I needed to take helped me create them. These flyers went out on several of Dominican’s web pages, all around campus, and made into larger posters around campus for students to see.

Doing all of this made me feel like I was actually doing something and made me realize it is what I want to do in my future.