As one of our seniors in the program, Madison Jeannine Wallace was asked to reflect on her time in the KU Communication Studies department before she graduates in the spring. Thinking back on her experiences, Madison was quick to note some courses she has taken. In particular, Madison recalled, “Through my experience at KU and in the COMS department I have gotten the opportunity to study awesome things like the use of Rhetoric in Protest and communication in conflict resolution, among others.” Moreover, being successful in those courses has opened other opportunities for Madison, Specifically, she said, “It also allowed me to be involved in Lambda Pi Eta (the Communication Studies Honor Society) in multiple executive roles. Being involved in communication studies at KU has truly been a highlight of my college career.”
Of course, majoring in Communication Studies is not necessarily easy. During her first semester at KU, Madison enrolled in Dr. Robert Rowland’s COMS 235 – Introduction to Rhetoric and Social Influence. This well-known course has a reputation for being a rigorous and demanding class. Madison clearly remembered the difficulty of taking COMS 235 as a first-year student. Nevertheless, she could still recall how much she enjoyed it. As she put it, “I loved it. It was my first introduction to rhetoric (the area of communication studies I focus on) and the class really pushed me to think, reflect, and work hard for it.”
After taking 19 courses in the Communication Studies department, Madison is ready and excited to graduate in the spring. Thinking about this, she noted, “My classes have taught me how to persuade and identify when someone is trying to persuade me. I have learned how to communicate complex thoughts more simply, how to do technical writing and so much more. I know how to critically analyze the world around me and communicate that to others.” While she is interested in pursuing graduate work in communication studies, her first plan is to land an internship in public relations, political consulting, or some other communication related field.