Reflecting upon my journey

I am a writer. A mother. A wife. A runner. A student. A communications professional. And I have a passion for combining my two favorite interests, writing and fitness, to enhance awareness of the best diet and fitness choices to make live a healthy life.

I’m a student at Queens University of Charlotte and am currently pursuing my Master of Arts in Communications. This blog is dedicated to the reflection of what I’m learning in the communications program.

I began my journey at Queens University of Charlotte in August, 2013. My mother was currently in the hospital, in ICU, undergoing three extensive surgeries, and her health was extremely poor. She was only 56. I decided at that moment just how fragile life was and I wanted to ensure that I embraced everyday doing the things I loved.

I had been toying around with the idea of pursuing my Masters for several years. My grandfather had his Ph.D in education, doctorate in law and five masters degrees. I always knew I wanted to pursue higher education, so seeing my my in the hospital was the catalyst for entering the program.

I am a born and raised Charlottean, so I was well aware of the steller reputation of Queens University of Charlotte. My career mentor, Diane McGowan, also attended Queens University of Charlotte and obtained her Master of Science in Executive Coaching.

Upon the first course, I knew this was the right decision for me. I have learned so much throughout my time in the program. Not only have I grown personally, but I’ve also grown professionally.

My career has expanded exponentially since beginning the program. I have been promoted to Senior Vice President of Communications at my Fortune 500 company and I now lead a global team of communication professionals. I lead communications for C-Suite executives and drive out communication strategies affected over 240,000 employees across 31 countries.

The class that stands out the most was actually the first class in the program, Communications Fluency, as this is when I was introduced to a wide-range of communication theories, new tools, such as Prezi, and conducting academic research. The lessons learned in that first class carried through to every other course throughout the program. It really helped set the stage.

The Master of Arts in Communications program at Queens University of Charlotte far exceeded my expectations. The engagement with my classmates and professors, as well as the quality of instruction, were greater than I ever expected. The most surprising component of the program was the relationships I formed with my fellow classmates and instructors. One may think that an online program doesn’t offer the level of engagement than an “on the ground” program offers, but disagree. The relationships I formed with my classmates and professors far exceeded the relationships I had in my undergraduate program (not at Queens), which was on the ground. Not only have I formed relationships with other communication professionals, but also I have made friendships that will last a lifetime. The professors truly care about each individual students success. The level of engagement and personal attention they provided was outstanding. I will recommend this program to anyone who would like to pursue an advanced degree in communications. I will also recommend Queens to anyone looing to choose an educational institution. I’m also raising a future Royal, as my 8-year old daughter has already told me that she wants to attend Queens!

Digital Portfolio Table of Contents

Masters Coursework

Reflections on Learning Outcomes

  1. Theoretical Literacy
  2. Research Literacy
  3. Digital and Media Literacy
  4. Writing Literacy
  5. Ethical Consideration
  6. Global Awareness
  7. Comprehensive Communications Project

Courses in my program

  1. COM 601 Communication Fluency – Dr. Leanne Pupchek – Fall 1, 2013
  2. COM 610 The Social Creation of Organizing –  Dr. Kimberly Weller– Fall 2, 2013
  3. COM 613 Constructing Messages and Audiences – Dr. John McArthur – Spring 1, 2014
  4. COM 616 Communicating Mindfully – Dr. Leanne Pupchek – Spring 2, 2014
  5. COM 624 Communication and Culture in a Networked Society –  Dr. Dania Nathaniel – Fall 2, 2014 
  6. COM 629 Leadership, Empowerment, and the Management of Meaning – Dr. Zachary White – Spring 2, 2015
  7. COM 638 Strategic Communication for Global Audiences –  Dr. Mohammad el-Nawawy – Fall 1, 2014
  8. COM 655 The Mediated Self and Changing Relationships – Dr. Zachary White – Summer 1, 2014
  9. COM 658 Creativity and Networks – Dr. Stavroula Kalogeras – Summer 2, 2014
  10. COM 664 Organizational Identity and Brand– Dr. Kimberly Weller– Spring 1, 2015
  11. COM 680 Expanding Communication Boundaries – Dr. John McArthur – Summer 1, 2015
  12. COM 681 Launching Passion into Practice –Dr. John McArthur – Summer 2, 2015

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