For the March 2006 University Preview, the Communication Department asked some of its students to tell a little about themselves and share with the visiting high school juniors why they chose a major in the Communication Department.
The following is a report of Solomon McCullum, double major in Journalism and Religion, as interviewed by Ehren Licthenwalter.
Ehren: "What career options do you have if you were to complete a degree in Communication?"
Solomon: "Wow, the possibilities are seemingly endless. Some of the jobs that come to mind are: a public affairs specialist, you can be an account executive, a senior marketing manager, a promotional specialist, you can
be an analyst--which means you can analyze politics or some of the social things in our society, you can also analyze morals of the society--that's pretty open. My major in this department is Journalism which would allow me to do lots of things. I can be behind the camera, I can be a reporter in broadcast, or I can be in front of the camera as a talking head, I can do radio, I can also do print, I can be an editor, or start my own publication as editor-in-chief. Those things are all available to me with a communication's degree.
Ehren: "Solomon, tell us, what impact has this department had on your life; socially, spiritually--and I was going to say emotionally," pauses and chuckles. "That is kind of an odd question--and morally, morally."
Solomon: "Well, I'll try and get all of them. Socially this department is always doing things together. And I'll tackle both, spiritually and socially, we do a lot of things together. We always have vespers programs, we have lots of those. Sometimes they are at the beach, sometimes they are at a faculty member's house--which is nice because usually that faculty member usually provides the dinner. We'll have a worship thought and then we'll eat. That is always one of the things we enjoy doing in this department is getting together over spiritual issues. Socially, as a body."
"We also get together socially for learning events. We'll have speakers come in from the outside who let us know how to communicate better. We'll have
internship people come in that help us get internships that help us get jobs later. So that helps us with our academic as well."
"That is socially and spiritually--emotionally that makes me feel pretty good about the whole thing; if I'm better prepared than the rest, then yeah, I really feel good about that."
"But morally is a different thing; a lot of times on this campus we do service oriented projects, especially in this department. When Katrina struck we did a fashion show. Some of the students here put on a fashion show. All the proceeds from that fashion show went to help Katrina victims. We did a video--just in case people didn't know about Katrina; we did a video to let others know about Katrina, because they wanted to be involved, and to help the people that had been hit by that disaster."
Ehren: "Solomon, I am no Dr. Phil, but you sound like your emotional needs were met."
Ehren: "You got some good food in your stomach. On a serious note, the Communication Department offers, it seems like, this level of interconnectivity within the department, there is this friendship atmosphere that also reaches outside the department--where connectivity is crucial to your success academically and socially. Solomon, last question, tell us a little about your biography and how it has impacted your participation in the Communication Department."
Solomon: "Wow, you know that is a really good question. I came here as a Journalism major, and I added a Religion major. I want to say right now that if you have a double major and one of them is Communication, you are that much better off. Say you are pre-med, pre-law, business, history--if you can communicate your ideas clearly, it is going to give you a big advantage over
your competition and you'll get the job that you are looking for."
"In my case, I am trying to incorporate my Journalistic skills with my religious knowledge in order to help young people combat some of the messages that the media is sending them now days. I was able to take one step closer to that [this past summer]. Through the department I got an internship at the
Review and Herald. I learned to do some desktop publishing, some line editing, some copy editing, and now I know a little bit more about what I want to do in the future--to edit my own publication. So, it helped me out a lot."
Ehren: "I liked what you said about communicating your ideas effectively. What a better place this world would be if we could all do that. Solomon, that is all for today, and I want to thank you for your time."