Welcome to my digital portfolio!
The final chapter of my graduate school experience at the Knight School of Communications at Queens University of Charlotte will soon come to a close. When I reflect upon the last 2+ years, I realize what an impactful experience this program has been. It has been life changing; not just for my professional life, but for my personal life. I never expected to go through a journey that would change me.
The journey started as an idea about how I might take my career to the next level by taking a few courses. When I applied to get into the program in the fall of 2011, I wrote a personal statement outlining my career path and making a case for why I thought I might be a good fit for the program. I wrote about being laid off after three years at my very first job, and my struggle to once again find my identity. I talked about my goals and my passion for strategic communication. To quote the letter:
Not only am I excited to share my own trials and triumphs with communications professionals in an academic setting, but I am also ready to challenge myself and to think differently about approaching this intricate and ever-changing field. After researching and comparing similar programs that offer degrees in communications, I am confident that this program is the right fit for me (from my personal statement, 2011).
I couldn’t have been more right. This journey is ending with lifelong friendships, a completely new understanding of the world and my own life, and an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others. I absolutely do think differently about communications, and I now have the vocabulary to describe the communication experience even more accurately. I am so glad I decided to take this step, as challenging as it may have been at times.
This portion of my website serves as a digital portfolio chronicling my experience as a grad student at Queens. While this portfolio will provide a glimpse into some of the work I’ve done and the courses I’ve completed during this program, I hope it will also provide an overview of how I have changed as a result. I hope this can be a conduit for conversation, rather than a frozen-in-time report. If you have questions about my courses, the program, or anything else, please contact me. As this program has helped me, I’m happy to help in whatever way I can.