Department of Communication Studies

Testimonials

Brittany Reuss

Brittany Reuss

Leadership and Organizational Communication Spring 2017

"Shortly after graduation, I was hired as the Club Concierge at Hazeltine National Golf Club.  Every day is new and exciting because I assist and communicate with many different departments throughout the day.  A huge part of my role is building and maintaining relationships with members, guests, and employees.   One of the best decisions I made throughout college was choosing to major in Communication Studies.  Like many other college freshmen, I was uncertain about what to major in and where I saw myself in my future career.  Communication Studies classes taught me essential skills that employers are seeking such as written and verbal communication, organizational techniques, compassion and understanding of others.  The degree is so versatile and valuable that my future career can take me in any direction and I will be prepared.  With a Comm Studies degree, the door is wide open for countless opportunities."
David Millhouse

David Millhouse

Leadership and Organizational Communication Spring 2017

"I currently work at Capital One here in St. Cloud as a Claims Intake Customer Service Coordinator.  I think the thing I enjoy most about my job is that I get to work with people, that's one of the things that drew me to Communication Studies to begin with.  When it comes to any job, you will have to receive training on the exact job specifics.  The one thing that companies cannot train you in is how to be an effective communicator and leader, but Communication Studies can.  One of the classes I would recommend for everyone to take is Communication in the Workplace with Dr. Vorell.  There, I learned skills that are very valuable when it comes to getting a job in the corporate world or just a job in general.  Remember, do not get discouraged if you do not find a job right away and know that it is ok to not get the dream job right away when you graduate.  In fact, you probably won't get your dream job right off the bat, but that's one of the things I appreciate about my degree.  It didn't set me up for short term success.  It set me up so that I will be successful in the long term, when I find myself in higher positions of leadership."
Ashlie Knack

Ashlie Knack

Relational Communication Major Spring 2017

"I am a Life Enrichment Director at an assisted living home.  I plan, coordinate and implement programs, events, outings and celebrations for residents that provide physical, social, intellectual and spiritual development opportunities for residents to participate in.  I love my job because I am making an impact on seniors' lives.  It is also a very "hands-on" job with a small amount of office work, which I enjoy.  My major has been very beneficial in my job because it has provided me the skills to communicate effectively.  It has taught me how to de-escalate and resolve conflict among seniors, as well as how to handle staff issues.  Intercultural communication has helped me communicate more effectively with staff because many of the aids are from out of country.  My effective listening class has helped a lot because being in a field with elderly you hear a lot of complaining/venting and being a good listener has honestly made residents like me more.  Overall Communication Studies gave me the tools to become a more confident speaker as well as a better communicator."
Sharai Sims

Sharai Sims

Persuasion and Advocacy Major Spring 2017

"Currently, I am working for the Annex Teen Clinic in Robbinsdale, Minnesota, as a Sexuality Educator and Programming Coordinator.  We use our lessons to develop better critical thinking skills and leadership in youth, so they are able to take charge of their sexual health.  I also facilitate a youth council of twenty in North Minneapolis that are trained in peer to peer sexual health education. I work with various community and government partners to attain funding and collaborate on different community events.  I would say my education through the Department of Communication Studies taught me how to flourish in today's society.  I believe all my classes during my undergraduate years helped me find my passion for education and facilitation coupled with social justice and advocacy, whether it is through performance, being a TA, or organizing events.  My advice to upcoming graduates from the Department of Communication Studies is a piece of advice I got from Dr. Vorell:  Have all your classes lead into your career."
Carissa O'Kane

Carissa O'Kane

Communication Studies Minor Summer 2017

"I just started a new job at the Minnesota State Senate Republican Caucus as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Mathews.  I am in charge of making the Senator's schedule, taking his calls, writing to constituents, and other secretarial tasks.  The class that sticks out to me was Small Group Communication with the late Dr. Bruce Hyde.  Most of the time, out in the "real world," our communication is within a small group instead of just one person or doing a public speech in front of a large audience, and that course helped me a lot with being able to assert myself without dominating the conversation.  The best piece of professional advice I can offer is to try your best to make connections with as many other people as you possibly can.  I know it is cliched advice, but job hunting is such a long and tiresome process that any little bit can help.  I know I certainly wouldn't have my new job if I didn't have the necessary connections to apply!"