I knew early on the importance of being a good writer; after all, I’m an English major. But like so many other undergraduates of all majors, it took me a while to realize how equally critical the skills of public speaking, interpersonal communication, visual presentations, and communication technologies are to any student’s future success. As a senior, I offer this valuable advice: get involved in the LSU Distinguished Communicator program EARLY lest you become another one of my fellow seniors who are now deeply regretting not having this accomplishment to list on their resumes and applications to graduate schools.
I was very shy when I arrived on LSU’s campus; it was my first time away from home. But I decided it was time for me to blossom, so I created a college bucket list. Atop that list was joining the DComm program, and it has truly been a rewarding journey for me. I have learned how to take my writing, speaking, and visual presentation skills to the next level. I’ve discovered new ways to look at social media and how technology affects the way we communicate. I’ve learned the vital skills of time management, preparation, and practice. I’ve made new friends outside of my major. I’ve come to appreciate the value of constructive criticism. I’ve realized that I need more than just a high GPA and a degree to get the job I want. And in the end, I’ve become a stronger student, a better leader, and a much more comfortable and confident person now worthy of admittance into any law school!
LSU is a big university, but the DComm program helped me find my place. I now reframe all of my experiences and see communication as the constant. Through my class projects, my DComm workshops, my student job, my leadership roles, and my personal life, I have evolved into an effective (and distinguished) communicator.
So to all future LSU students, please hear this:
When you get to LSU, join the Distinguished Communicator certification program. There is no other program like it on campus. It may not seem important to you as a freshman, but trust me, no matter which major you select or what career path you choose, this program will help you rise to your full potential!
I wish success to all my future fellow Tigers and hope that you, too, will graduate with a medal that identifies you as a certified LSU Distinguished Communicator.
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