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How to make the most of your four years as a communication major By Daniel Roberts When some outsiders look in on communication majors, they think that COMM majors have it easy compared to everyone else. While this may be true to a certain degree, COMM students have to find a way to make their degree count the most, which involves putting in work outside of the classroom and homework.

and become an intern with a media or news organization.

With taking advantage of the resources presented to COMM majors in the classroom, different classes help students get hands-on experience by having them work on different projects that could potentially go on their demo reels Photo by Daniel Roberts for potential emCOMM majors worked on figuring out sporting events to cover for The East Carolinian. ployers. According The communicato Speller, you get is enough to get you a job in the tions field has grown over time. the opportunity to work not only field but according to the East Car- on news writing and reporting but 884 schools and universities in olinian newspaper’s adviser Cherie also in photography, video news the U.S. out of over 4,000 plus Speller, you need more than that to production, and more. schools offer communications promake a living. grams to students all over which is equal to around 20 % of schools. Even though that might seem like a small number, those 884 schools are spread out all over the US. That is due to the internet and social media making it so more media outlets are developed every year. There are those who try to claim that having the degree

There are two tips that students should follow that can help them make the most of their four or so years as COMM majors before graduating. First tip that is recommended by advisors is to take advantage of the resources presented in and out of the classroom. Second tip is to make connections

“Journalism is a career that requires or is best that you have some practical experience and you can get that through internships,” Speller said. “Students have the opportunity to try out their hand in COMM continued on p. 2

COMM continued from p. 1 all of those areas before they graduate from school and then they’ll have the opportunity to demonstrate that they can do that with the clips and the other work that they put together. You need to have proof that you have been taught well and can perform the job that you were taught well.” In an article published Prep Scholar in August of 2018, the employment growth rate between the years 2016 and 2026 for reporters, correspondents, broadcast news analysts, and announcers are expected to actually decline 9%. This number alone shows that you have to be able to make yourself stand out from other potential employees/applicants. The second tip that says students should intern with media organizations helps them make connections with potential employers. It also provides them with ample opportunities to get even more hands-on experience and clippings for the demo reel that will make them as COMM majors stand out from the majority of other applicants. Employers look for those who have had experience working in the field outside of the classroom. Colleges and Universities have resources that can help students get the internship experience they need to go along with their degrees. There are websites like and (offered for East Carolina University students) that lists different organizations that are looking for new interns. However, that internship experience does not mean you have to


go far to get that experience especially for COMM majors. Schools that have communication programs have helped provide some kind of outlet for students to get experience whether it’s on TV or radio or in marketing or in newspapers. There are schools that have campus based newspapers that Photo by Daniel Roberts can help students Senior COMM major Trajan Warren learns how to edit a news article. get real-world, How can communication majors hands-on news writing experience make the most of their four years while in school. If there aren’t in the end? They can do that by student newspapers, a lot of them taking the opportunities given to might have newsletters that are put them inside and outside of the together and sent out to the comclassroom. Even though finishmunity. Small communities tend to ing college and getting that four have smaller newspapers that are year degree is very important for looking for people who can help getting a job upon graduation, them with providing content for advisers/mentors at colleges will their publication on an as needed encourage COMM majors to get basis. some experience working in the field while in school because they “It may sound cliche in today’s want their students to be the best day in age, but it’s as important as applicants for the positions they ever (perhaps more) that students are aspiring for upon graduation. do more than simply attend classes and pass them,” Daniel Wiseman, “No matter where you are, you East Carolina University School need to look for the opportunity of Communication adviser, said. to get the experience you need “Getting that experience, strong either with campus groups and/or references and “real-world” exgroups in the community,” Speller perience can put them in the best said. “They are always looking position to stand out once they for people who can help them out walk across the stage. In my opinso you go in and present yourself ion, a student with a “good” GPA as somebody who is willing and but excellent experience, referencable to do that and they’re likely to es, connections, at least as use you. You have to be proactive or more competitive in my eyes in getting the experience that you than a 4.0 student who has little to need and don’t be afraid to go out none.” and ask for what you want.”


How to avoid getting sick while in college Every year colleges have new freshman flooding the campuses, moving out of their parents’ house with bad methods for personal and public hygiene. With anti-vaccination at an all-time high around colleges it is unquestionably more dangerous to be walking around campus without taking the proper health precautions in order to make sure you can stay ready for classes and your personal life. According to a survey done on 18-24-yearold undergraduate students at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID), around 70% of these students find it important to get the flu vaccine. Meanwhile only 8 to 39% of students have gotten the vaccine for various reasons. The top reasons are either that the student is already healthy (39%), does not like needles (31%), or just does not think it works all together (30%).

sicknesses that can sideline someone for just as long as the flu and have half the impact, such as common colds, stomach bug/flu, headaches or migraines. Any of these can take students out of multiple classes for days; and if you do not have the option of missing class,

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Hygiene The easiest thing for us to do is to consistently wash our hands, especially before meals and after using the restroom. College students should develop the habit of bringing items to clean germs according to ECU Nurse Ellen Goldberg, “Keep some Kleenex with you. Cough and sneeze into Kleenex and throw them away. Keep that hand sanitizer with you.” A big no-no is also sharing cups and utensils with other people who may or may not be sick, which puts their germs directly into your system. Also, avoid kissing random people, which is also a direct transfer of germs from a person who could be incredibly sick and just not care about the well-being of others.

Sleep Another incredibly easy thing we all can do more of as students to stay healthy is sleep more. Lack of sleep Photo by Garrison Pulley forces our immune Ibuprofen is one of the leading go-to medicines for students in college. system to weaken which With the flu being can be a huge risk factor in getting spread through three main ways, then you are running the risk of sick. This along with close quarcoughing, sneezing, and talking—, infecting other people. There are tered living, like in a dorm room, it’s easy for a disease as strong some easy steps we can all take in can be another big as the flu to spread like a wildfire order to prevent the spreading of throughout classrooms and entire these illnesses that can allow us all campuses. The flu is not the only to stay healthy and in class so we SICK continued on p. 4 disease students need to be worcan all graduate on time. ried about There are many other


SICK continued from p. 3 risk factor in getting sick. It is easy as a student to lose track of sleep with all the classes, studying, partying, and extra activities with friends. Sleep can be put to the back of the mind. Sleep is vitally important to health and keeping sickness away; it allows your body to rejuvenate and your brain to prepare for another long day. Other factors along with sleep go into impacting our immune system like stress, how we eat, and staying up to date on immunizations.

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Vitamins Vitamin C may be a quick and easy way to boost your immune system in order to fight off these diseases. It is up to all of us to keep up with our hygiene so we can prevent the spreading of these minor but effective illnesses. According to a study on Health Harvard, since vitamin C helps the i mmune system, researchers have spent years investigating whether vitamin C can combat a cold. In short, it does not help if the symptoms have already started and also regularly taking vitamin C will not reduce the amount of colds you will get. However, when taken for prevention, it could help reduce the length of a cold. There is a certain independence with understanding how to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Our parents helped us throughout childhood with this, but it is now in our hands to become active, healthy adults.

How to adjust to living on a college campus


By Benjamin Oke-Bello Graduating high school is a pivotal period for many students. With almost 85% of pupils nationwide receiving their diploma, adult-life has begun to creep around the corner. Making the decision to live on or off campus directly impacts the maturation and adaptation process for college students.

Daniel Roberts, a senior at East Carolina, has lived on campus since he first enrolled at the school. “You will always come across people,” Roberts said. “So, living on-campus will give you the chance to be a little more social.” Roberts believes the consistent exposure to so many things that the school has to offer has helped him build a greater attachment to ECU. Aaron Lucier is the director of

college students should pick up, and having another person living in the same room forces students to do so. While living on campus creates a great social experience for students, off-campus living has perks for upperclassmen as they adjust to growing older and being on their own.

High School graduation rates have “One of the hardest things about risen throughout the decade, and adulting is that I’ll have to decide nearly every state has schools what to cook for dinner every where 100% of the students single night,” Saperstein said. have graduated, according She believes the experience to a Washington Post article. is already preparing students Making the decision of what to live alone in the future, and to do post-graduation looms there is much more preparation over plenty of high school sethat has to go into the daily niors, and for many, the choice routine of students who live off is college. Going to college campus. offers a different experience for incoming freshmen around “You can operate by yourself the country, allowing many the a lot more. There isn’t a staff opportunity to have distinct holding you to certain standards encounters with adulthood. or catering to you as frequently Photo by Benjamin Oke-Bello Many incoming freshmen are when you aren’t living on-camSenior Daniel Roberts has lived on campus during his four years. advised or required to live on pus at the university,” Sapersite at the university, in order stein said. to experience what it is like to reHousing Operations at ECU, and College is not only about receiving ceive an experience that is catered believes that keeping students to social and academic growth. an education, but also using the on campus is crucial, as the data time to open doors for endeavours shows that housing pupils on camThe United States Department for the future. Students will also pus their first year increases retenof Labor reported that 69.1% of have to adapt to a life that requires tion. “Students have a built-in so2018 high school graduates 16 to a little bit more independence. cial network, opening more doors 24 were enrolled at a college or Human development has been for a rangier experience,” Lucier university, many of which require debated with the Nature vs. Nursaid. Lucier oversees housing asthem to live on-campus as freshture Theory, credited to Sir Francis signments, emergencies, technolmen. Jennifer Saperstein, AssisGalton. The theory debates whethogy and is normally the face that tant Director of Resident Life at er humans develop based on their students see when they are having East Carolina University, believes genetics (Nature) or their environdiscrepancies with roommates. first-year students should live on ment (Nurture). Living situations To avoid issues with roommates, campus because they are pushed in college are just another stepping Lucier believes individuals should out of their comfort zone and will stone to better the development of first look at themselves. feel a sense of belonging to the future generations. Communication is one of the university. greatest skills Saperstein believes

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