Communication Studies Personal Statement Sample

Fan Hughes Personal Statement

a. Why do you intend to pursue a PhD or an MA in Communication Studies?
Not long after graduating from the University of Georgia in May of 2013, I moved to Wyoming and began working within one of the worlds largest nearly enact ecosystems in the world, the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. I was inspired by this area on a camping trip as a teenager and quickly made a resolution to live in this breathtaking place as soon as I was able. Since 2013, I’ve worked to immerse myself in the professional world of ecotourism and environmental education. My skills were non-traditional, my academic background lacked a “natural sciences” component, but I brought value in my knowledge of digital media and marketing strategies that extended beyond a simple folding brochure or annually printed catalog. I work to create, manage, and market educational programs with a mission to connect
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Through research and interpretation, our community of professors and students seemed to be formulating original discourse for these interactive processes. In 2013, I was apart of a group of students charged with constructing the inaugural TEDxUGA with Dr. Scott Shamp. I was providentially paired as a student collaborator with presenter and Communications Studies professor, Dr. Belinda Stillion-Southard. Together we worked to refine her TED Talk “Change the Language, Change the Beliefs”, a talk about the power language has to change prevailing social “truths”. While all the speakers at the first TEDxUGA were notable, it was empowering work along side a professor of communications, as Dr. Stillion-Southard so fluidly engaged in the art and practice of public

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