~ A guest blog by Jennette Zitelli
College of Communication Student and Lambda Pi Eta member ~
“So what are you studying?”
“Oh yeah? Like Radio and TV? Or Journalism? Or Public Relations?”
“Well, no. I’m a Communication Studies major.”
“Hmmm. What does that mean?”
“Uh, it is hard to explain.”
This is the conversation that many Communication Studies majors will have, or have had, with anyone who asks what they are studying in school. It is difficult to explain what Communication Studies is to some, and to others, it is a complete mystery. Most students do not know what the major entails and what jobs can be acquired with the degree. The most dreaded question a student can get from an adult is, “Well, what are you going to do with that once you graduate?” The reason it is so horrible is because most of us have no idea what we are going to do, even if we do know what our major means. To ease some of those anxieties, a Communication Studies Club has recently become petitioning on campus. As the current President of the club, my goal for the club is to educate not only Communication Studies students about the major, but also the whole of Rowan University’s student body.
We would like to have alumni come to speak to the students about what they are doing with the major and what a Communication Studies degree really does for you. We also want to spread awareness across campus of our major and that we do have a legitimate purpose. It can be frustrating not being recognized on campus as a “real” major, so it is the goal of the club to alter those misconceptions.
Since we are a new club, we need as many members as we can get, so tell your friends, tell your classmates, tell anyone you can that we have a new club made specifically for those often forgotten Communication Studies majors. The more participation and enthusiasm we have, the more beneficial this club can be for the whole Communication Studies Department, and the campus.