Raquell V. Muniz

Raquell V. Muniz
PCA (Rhetoric/Communications)
Managua, Nicaragua

“You must know what you are going to major in before going to college!” my narrow-minded dad would repeatedly tell me throughout my last couple of months during my senior year of high school. Having friends that were so clear on what they wanted to major in did not help either. I would tell my dad that I had an idea of what I wanted but I was not sure what it was called or if it even existed. Upon my first year of college I decided I wanted to start with an open mind and completely submerge myself into the endless variety of different classes that St. Lawrence University offers; in the first semester at SLU I did exactly that. I was in a mixture of classes: from taking a gender and society class, to anthropology to my first year program (Developing The Leader Within) and lastly, a communications course. First semester went by, and after my first class in the Performance and Communication Arts department, Introduction to Communications with Prof. Jess Prody, I knew this field was the right fit for me. Since then, I’ve been pursuing other Performance and Communication Arts courses, mainly focusing on the Rhetoric and Communications field. As I finish each class, I assure myself even more that this is what I am supposed to be studying and ultimately what I want to do as a career.

I am most eager to focus on the Rhetoric and Communication Arts, in The Performance and Communication Arts department, which offers a wide amount of unique classes. I really enjoy the variety this field offers, because this way, I am able to learn about a large amount of interesting things in a relatively short amount of time. Not only do all of these classes expand my knowledge, they also make me step out of my comfort zone. Being a part of a small high school, with a graduating class of only sixteen, this is exactly what I need. I have rarely been pushed out of my academic comfort zone and the PCA classes help me overcome such insecurities. They have shown me a new side of myself in regards with having the confidence and right tools from speaking in front of a large crowd to showing me how to analyze and interpret various different texts, together with further strengthening my writing skills.

Growing up outside the United States has given me the chance to expand my horizons. Furthermore, constantly volunteering in community service allowed to me to see and expose myself to many unforgettable experiences. Most of my attention was focused to a non-profit organization called Operation Smile. I was a dedicated member of Operation Smile, leading me to become president for two consecutive years. As president, my leadership, team building, and creativity skills were strengthened. I was placed under several circumstances where people trusted in me and my decisions, and it was my responsibility to lead my group into success. However, I believe there is always room for further development. I have always seen myself pursuing a career that its goal is to help people, and learning that with communications I can achieve such a goal, I am positive this is the correct career path for me. With the endless opportunities that the Performance and Communication Arts department is willing to offer, this goal becomes clearer and more possible. Each class I have taken, and each class I will take in the near future, is fully and uniquely equipped with the adequate tools I need to succeed as a knowledgeable St. Lawrence University student.