How One Facebook Post Changed My Life
As a twenty-something born in the early 90s, I have always been interested in technology and connecting with people over the internet. From AIM and Myspace to Twitter and Instagram, I immersed myself in each platform, creating an online persona to interact with my peers.
掘金彩票登录Fast forward to my post-graduate life. I was looking for a change and I wanted to take my passion for social media and make it a career. However, with a bachelor’s degree in political science, I was going to need some help to make my dream a reality. Enter a life changing Facebook post.
掘金彩票登录In September 2016, I was skimming Facebook and a friend of mine posted a link to Valeta Wensloff, or as I would come to find out, the Strategic Communication Fairy Godmother.
I was nervous to meet with Valeta, but after stepping into her turquoise office, I immediately felt at home. The program was still in development, but she filled me in on what was offered. A course on social media and digital design, one on strategic thinking, another on how to communicate when faced with a crisis. I was hooked. I applied to the program that day, just hours after speaking with Valeta, and was accepted soon after.
掘金彩票登录I am now in my third semester of the Strategic Communication Online Master’s program and I have never stopped singing its praises. The course work I have taken thus far has drastically improved my ability to communicate effectively across digital platforms.
While intimidating at first, the online classes make working full- time with a full course load manageable. The professors and communication professionals who teach the courses are deeply invested in each of us and strive for our overall success.
掘金彩票登录I am often asked if I miss the connection of taking an in-person class, and to that I respond that I feel the participants in this program are more connected over the internet than we would be in a lecture hall. We connect over message boards and a Facebook group, completing group projects in cyberspace. We are spread out from coast to coast, but are always available to answer a fellow classmate’s question.
Since beginning this program, I have started in a new communications role, one that I know I wouldn’t have been hired for or been able to do without the knowledge I have gained in this program. Moving forward, I am excited to see what is in store, but I am also sad that I am rushing towards the end of a program that has helped me so much.
My life has changed thanks to a Facebook post I came across on that September day. How many people can say that?
October 31, 2017
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