Personal Statement For Communication Studies

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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
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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 …show more content…
Transitioning from an environmental educational instructor to an administrative director, I am comfortable preparing curriculum, organizing educational lesson plans and am confident in front of a large or small group of students. I believe my strong interpersonal skills while working with a group of students allow me to connect to a variety of learners, those engaged and excited about a course like public speaking, and those intimidated by a course that asks them to step outside of their realm of comfort and security. If unable to secure a Teaching Assistantship, I would next be interested in a Graduate School Assistantship. I believe my professional background in administration prepares me for any number of tasks expected with a Graduate School Assistantship. I have strong skills in media presentation, should a professor require a technical assistant for large lectures. I’m very familiar with evaluation metrics, and would be proficient in assisting a professor, department, or the Graduate School as a whole, with developing and disseminating materials of evaluation for program growth. I’m constantly refining the evaluation materials with the programs I develop, and my current organization has a long history in analyzing metrics to evolve stronger programs for students and

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