Jordan Sheridan | St. Lawrence University Performance and Communication Arts

Jordan Sheridan

Class year: 
PCA (Rhetoric/Communications)
Syracuse, NY

My name is Jordan Sheridan and I am a sophomore here at SLU. I am at the point in my college career where I have to declare a major. After going through many different courses, and trying to figure out what I really want to do with the better half of my life I have decided to declare Performance and Communication Arts on the Rhetoric and Communication arts side (along with Business) for a number of many different, and important reasons.

One of the main reasons I decided to declare PCA as my major was because of the fact that I firmly believe and realize that no matter what field you have a desire to go into, the basis for that field is communications, rhetoric, and in a sense, public speaking. I however, am more interested in PCA than for that reason in itself. I am hoping to get into non-profit work and philanthropy after I graduate. I just love being able to help needy people and attempting to make a difference in the world. Philanthropy is entirely made up of communication skills and public speaking skills. You have to interact with people on a daily basis, reach out for generous donations to help your specific non-profit prosper, and give informative speeches (along with many other types of speeches as well). In order to get somewhere with what I want to go into, I think you need to have effective communication skills, and you need to know the “ins and outs” of the communication sphere; and I believe being a communications major on the Rhetoric and Communication arts side will most definitely help me with that. I also really like how with the PCA major, you have to take classes on both side of the Communications department. So, because I want to be on the rhetoric and communication arts side of the major, I still have to take some classes on the performance arts side. I think this is really important, although I might not enjoy it that much because I am a terrible actor, because people communicate in all different ways, and being thrown into the performance arts side of things, I really get to experience those different types of communication. When you graduate, you never know what you are going to experience in the interaction with others, so it’s important to have a broad spectrum of things to expect, and I think that’s exactly what the requirements for a PCA major do.

Another main reason I decided to declare PCA on the rhetoric and communication arts side was definitely because of the “public speaking” aspect. In my lifetime already, I have been thrown into things which involve speaking in front of a large group of people; whether it be at a convention for community service, a sports team banquet, a fundraiser for my brother and cancer foundations, or even just in your everyday classes here at SLU. I know how important public speaking is, I know that I am not the best at it, and I know there is always room for improvement, no matter how long you have been doing it. I also know that no matter what I do in the future, the chance of me having to speak in front of a large crowd again in very good, and I want to have the ability to be completely confident that I am doing the best I possibly can at that.

With PCA being my major, I can defiantly work on improving my communication skills and public speaking, expanding my knowledge and understanding of rhetoric, and much more. I know all of these things will help me prosper in the future, and just like any other college student, that is my goal. Not to mention, I really, truly enjoy the whole concept of communications in itself.