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As I enter my senior year at Geneva College, there are numerous classes I’ve taken that I can look back on and identify as enjoyable and important—classes where I felt a sense of satisfaction in my learning. In the classes outside of my major, many professors opened my eyes to see how other fields of study connect with my specific focus. As a communication major, though, there are three classes that stick out in my mind as being the most crucial classes I have taken so far. They require a lot of hard work, and they are not at all easy. But they taught me to think like a communication professional and prepared me for the future. I still have not taken every communication class needed, but these are the ones I'll remember and draw from in my life.

  • Intro to Public Relations (COM 205)

When I started at Geneva as a freshman, my emphasis was in one area of communication—writing. Toward the end of my freshman year, however, I decided I wanted to add a public relations focus as well to widen my range of skills. This was the first public relations course I took, and it opened my eyes to just how many details go into the PR practice and how much concentration is required to excel at it. It brought topics to my attention I never would have thought of, and it got me to think differently than I had before. The major project—a PR campaign we work on in pairs throughout the year—was very challenging, but my professor was very helpful. Throughout, his expertise and teaching style made me better able to think in terms of public relations.

  • Communication Theory (COM 315)

In this course, we learned about a variety of communication theories—symbolic interactionism, uncertainty reduction theory, social penetration theory, etc. As we studied these many theories, it allowed me to see how scholars view different situations in vastly different ways. Some theories directly contradict others, and it was interesting to think about the ones with which I agreed and disagreed as they were at play in the real world. At the end of the year, we worked in pairs to select one theory and apply it to a movie of our choosing, analyzing the interactions and situations in the movie from a given theoretical perspective. (For example, I used cognitive dissonance theory to analyze the movie Good Will Hunting.) This project helped because, though fictitious, movies can present realistic situations and interactions that allow me to see how the theories apply in a practical way.

  • Introduction to Communication (COM 111)

This course was the first class I ever took at Geneva College. There were numerous principles I learned in this class that got my college career as a communication major started, but what really made this class crucial was it made me realize just how different college was from high school in terms of rigor and intensity. Despite this being a 100-level, introductory course, it remains one of the hardest classes I’ve taken at Geneva College, even five semesters later. It was a “wake-up call” for me. And while I did not enjoy receiving this wake-up call at the time, I look back on this class as one of—if not the most—important moments in my college career because of the change it forced me to make with my study habits and work-ethic. It was the class that molded me from a lackadaisical high school student who got decent grades without trying too hard, into a dedicated college student who cares deeply about my education.

How about you? What are some of the crucial classes you’ve taken that made you into the person you are today or are making you into the person you will be in the future?

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- Andrew Domencic '19

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Jul 17, 2018