This Page is dedicated to my Communications 100 portfolio, last updated on November 5th, 2015.
PDF file: Alyssa_Resume
PDF file: Reference_Letter
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September 24th, 2015- Journalism:
Before this Class period I did not know anything about Journalism and was extremely inexperienced in this field. Because of this, I was able to learn a lot from this lecture. One of the things that I learned was that Journalism will always be relevant! Before this class, I pictured journalism as the writers of newspapers, which nobody really reads anymore except for the elderly. In this class we discussed that a lot of journalism is being transferred to an electronic medium, which I think is appropriate for the times. I also learned that it will always be relevant because it united us as a nation and keeps us informed of current events, which will always be important. Although I do not believe Journalism is the right career field for me, this lecture helped me understand the importance of the field more fully.
October 1st, 2015- I-COMM Introduction:
I was absent on this day due to illness.
October 8th, 2015- Video Production:
I really enjoyed listening to this lecture on Video Production because it helped me see the struggles and benefits of going into this field more clearly. I learned that it is kind of a hard field to go into because there is a lot of competition. Because of this constant competition in the field, it is so important that you make connections with people as you go about gaining experience with Video Production. I learned that in Video Production, gaining experience is the most important and best thing you can do to increase your salary or career stability. I also learned that when working in the video production field knowing your audience and the type of stuff that will be attractive to them is essential to making good videos. This looks like a fun field of work to go into.
October 15th, 2015- Visual Communication:
This happens to be my specific emphasis, so I found this lecture to be the most fascinating and enlightening. The biggest insight that I had while listening to this lecture is that visual communications can be found in almost anything, and there will always be jobs in this field, which is comforting. I also learned that you can never have to many skills. When employers are hiring for marketing or advertising, they want someone that can do it all! Graphic design, web design, social media marketing, they want their employees to be well rounded in all of these categories. This really got me thinking about what I can do to enhance my skills and to branch out into other relevant areas that could help me get a career in the future. I learned that this is the biggest growing emphasis, and I confirmed that this is what I want to go into.
October 22nd, 2015- Public Relations:
Before this lecture I had never had any interest in Public relations whatsoever, but after listening about it during this class period it really got me more interested. Public relations is included in absolutely everything, and it is good to have some PR experience even if you are going into something else. I really liked in the lecture when the speaker said, “If you have a passion for something but aren’t sure if you can make it in that field, do PR for a company in that passion! Follow you passion through PR!” I like this because I think that doing PR for something you have a passion in would make for a very enjoyable career choice. I also learned that there is a lot of writing in this career.
October 29th, 2015- Organizational Communication & Advocacy:
I learned so much in this lecture, because previous to this class period I didn’t know anything about this new emphasis. What I learned overall is that the point of this emphasis is problem solving. It can be used as a good major if you plan to attend graduate school for something else, such as law school. I learned important skills that employers these days are looking for. I thought that it was fascinating that the top three skills that employers are interested in are: attention to detail, strong writing abilities, and the ability to work both individually and in a group. This made me feel more confident in myself as a future employee because I feel I am strong in these areas.