Emily Wyman | St. Lawrence University Performance and Communication Arts

Emily Wyman

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PCA (Rhetoric/Communications)
Naples, FL

     The art of communication is something that I find entirely captivating. After taking two introductory communication classes, PCA 127 and PCA 111, I have realized communications is something I would like to pursue. I envision myself graduating from St. Lawrence University and working for a respectable company in their communications department. Working with people towards a common knowledge of information is something that speaks to me. I am the type of person who loves to keep people informed, and feels that it’s necessary to be in the loop at all times. Working for a public relations company with my PCA degree would allow me to use my passion for communications on a daily basis. I think it’s important to major in a field that is interesting to me, and PCA is the most interesting and thought provoking department I have taken classes from. The professors have utterly infatuated me with their classes, resulting in me wanting to focus primarily on their classes.
     Being able to persuade an audience through the use of words is a trait I believe is essential to our society. Without communications experts, any sort of industry would cease to survive. Every major company contains a communications department. Communications is prevalent in every aspect of our society. Whether its news broadcasts reporting the latest breaking news to our nation, or new companies advertising their products on billboards, we communicate everyday whether we realize it or not. As a freshman, I have taken limited communications classes, however I have a strong interest in the field. I believe that a communications major will allow me to advance my skills in the understanding of the field, along with preparing me to become a superior public speaker.
     After taking Introduction to Communications with Professor Prody, I gained a deeper knowledge of what Rhetoric and Communication Arts truly entails. I learned the different techniques, technologies, and functions of human communications, and how they are performed within our society. Professor Prody sparked my interest in the history of rhetoric. Before taking her class, I did not understand that communications entailed such a vast history. I simply thought it entailed spreading knowledge to a broad audience.
     Something I did not expect to be entailed within communications is the vast use of non-verbal communication. Non-verbal communication doesn’t just mean communicating without the use of words, but also includes aspects such as social media.
     Before taking my introductory classes, I did not know the heavy presence social media holds on our society. We often think of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram as irrelevant sites that help us procrastinate from the real world. However, I have learned that social media actually plays a very large role in our world. It allows businesses and programs to spread important information, and even market the emergence of a new company. As a college student, social media is a large present in my life. The PCA department offers a Media Industries class that teaches of the traditional media industries that have surrounded our world for hundreds of years. Taking this class will provide me with even more knowledge of the origin of our social media world, something that is very interesting to me.
     Majoring in Communications will provide me with a deeper understanding and knowledge of our world. I believe that communications is an extremely important aspect of our society. We live in a world that is constantly expanding and inventing the latest technology. Having a degree in communications will allow be to participate in our advancing society. My desire is to broaden my knowledge of communications, and obtain a degree in Performance and Communications Arts.