University of Minnesota

Communication Studies Student Profile

Name: Lizzy Eischens
Anticipated Graduation Year:
Major: Communication Studies

How and why did you choose your major?

I took a public speaking class and learned a lot. I went to my CLA advisor and expressed that I loved the public speaking class and also enjoyed engaging with people. She recommended the Communications major and I declared a few weeks later.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

The Communications major has taught me a lot about our relationships with others and has given me a lot more confidence in my own speaking abilities. Whether it be presenting to a group of people or just the ability to speak one on one with others. I have learned things about working in a small group through collaboration and how to engage those who seem uninterested. Everything skill that I have learned in this major is practical and can be used in not only my daily life but also in the future with my career.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

My job at the Recreation and Wellness Center has related a lot to my major. I hold a lot of leadership roles within the facility and I am constantly communicating. Whether it be with customers, providing them with answers or talking through issues with them, or working with my fellow peers, being able to connect to them on a personal level but also feeling comfortable delegating tasks to them and also facilitating conversations surrounding different conflicts. Through all of these tasks, it is important for me to feel confident in my communication abilities and my major has enabled me to succeed.

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

One piece of advice I would have for students pursuing this major is to recognize the true value of what you are learning. The grades show up on a piece of paper, but the lessons you can learn through the Communications major will follow you for the rest of your life. It will make you a marketable candidate for employers, and you will be able to engage in conversations successfully with a diverse group of people. The skills you learn are extremely practical and useful in every aspect of life.

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