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Six things communications majors hear too often


1.)  Wow, you’re lucky! Your major must be so easy!

Why does everyone assume communications majors have it easier than any other major? Our major is just as hard. It’s just hard in a different way. We have more projects, more group work, and more papers to write. It’s a different kind of difficult.

2.) That’s a broad major, do you not know what you want to do after college yet?

Yes, that is somewhat true.  Communications is a broad major. However, I know exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it. I have a goal and I’m determined to reach it. I also have backup plans and they are all pretty specific as well. It’s a broad major but that doesn’t mean I picked it because I don’t know what I want to do.

3.) What’s that?

Sigh. Describing what your classes are like and how you get graded without written work is sometimes difficult. Often people find it odd if you don’t have a test or quiz every week. Oh well, you tried.

COMS majors are tired of all the comments. Graphic by Katie Gibson
COMS majors are tired of all the comments. Graphic by Katie Gibson

4.) That sounds so fun!

Yes, I love my major. Yes, it’s fun sometimes. No, it’s not all fun and games. When you tell people you don’t have desks in some of your classes and just cameras and audio boards, for some reason they think that you get to goof around all class and get a good grade no matter what. Being in front of cameras and performing over and over in front of your classmates is hard. So yes, my major is fun, but very difficult and sometimes nerve-racking as well.

5.) That doesn’t sound too stressful!

You’re right, standing in front of my classmates and teacher and reciting a script over and over while also being recorded isn’t stressful. Piece of cake! It becomes something you get used to, but that doesn’t mean it won’t shake you up a little every time you have to get in front of a camera and classroom full of people. Not to mention all of the preparing and speaking to your reflection in a mirror over and over for days before it’s your turn to speak in class.

6.) If it’s very hands on, you probably don’t have a lot of work outside the classroom at least.

I spend about 5-6 hours in an audio lab per week, not including studying for the tests and turning in scripts. It can be frustrating to hear someone say something that’s so off from the actual truth, but the best thing to do is either to explain or just take a deep breath and move on from the subject. You know how hard you work, and that’s all that matters!

Hang in there communications majors; you have to just keep on keeping on!



Why COMS is the Best Major

I can say wholeheartedly my major is the best major around and I wouldn’t change it for the world. And no, it’s not because I get to write for Whim (anyone can do that–hint hint)!

Coming to Radford for music therapy, I thought I was set. I knew what I wanted to do with my life, and what I wanted to do when I graduated. That changed very quickly. I was calling home every day; I was homesick and I no longer wanted anything to do with Radford. In my second semester, I decided music therapy was not for me (even though I still love everything it can accomplish). I was going home and never looking back.

Communication students. Graphic from Radford University website
Communication students. Graphic from Radford University website

After taking some regular gen ed courses, I knew what I wanted to do:journalism. I always had a knack for writing,  and I have no problem talking to people. My public speaking class really drove it home for me.

After coming into the School of Communication here at RU, I have to tell you, it’s one of the best. The professors are always available, willing to help no matter what it takes, and working together to make this experience what it should be for students. I had professors who wanted to see me succeed and helped me in every way possible, even if it didn’t have to do with a COMS class.

Although journalism isn’t necessarily a major for everyone who loves to write, it fit perfectly for me. I think there are some criteria that really work if you want to be a journalism major.

  1. You have to enjoy writing
  2. You need to work well with others
  3. You need to have a moral compass
  4. You have to have a passion for helping others or getting them the information they need or want
  5. You have to be good with time management (deadlines come faster than you think)

I know, that’s not the most detailed list but it’s a start.  I’ve had days where I just wanted to quit or  change my major. People have days like that all the time, but I am going to tell you that it’s so worth it. You push through all the deadlines and see your work published in The Tartan or here on Whim and it’s a great feeling.

I  love knowing that even if people don’t read what I have to say, I have a voice — and I can be that voice for other people as well. This semester we have talked a lot about how journalism is a service to help the community and I believe that 100 percent. I wouldn’t change anything about how these last 3 years have gone and I highly suggest looking into journalism or the School of Communication if you’re still undecided on a major!