by Meghan Caprez
The best decision I made my freshman year was getting involved in campus groups and activities, specifically in the College of Communication and Information. I know that seems ridiculous; of all the decisions I must have made my freshman year, I chose that one to highlight. But it’s true!
In order for an organization to excel at what it does, it must have a communications practitioner. This universal truth is especially poignant at the beginning of each school year when student organizations are trying to coerce under and upperclassmen alike to become active members of their groups.
CCI majors have a distinct advantage when it comes to joining groups they’re passionate about, even if the organization is outside the college. They have communication skills. Those skills can be utilized by the group to generate awareness in the Kent community, promote membership and much, much more.
Whether you get involved in TV2 or the Bollywood dance group, PRIDE! or intramural broomball, the group needs someone to handle social media, flyer design and even chalking across campus. Because you are a CCI major, you will always have the opportunity to enhance your resume if you choose to take on the role of communicator in an organization.
My freshman year I decided to get involved in Kent’s chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). Later, I also became a part of the TV2 marketing team. Both of these activities allowed me to network with professionals in the communications field and practice what I’m going to do for the rest of my life as a PR practitioner. I also had a really great time getting to know some of my fellow students and, occasionally, I got a free meal out of it, too.
PRSSA and TV2 are just two of the many activities offered under the umbrella of CCI. Students can have their own radio shows on Black Squirrel Radio, write or take pictures for one of more than 10 media outlets, or join other professional organizations like AAF or AIGA. There are even a few companies that are run by the university that hire Kent students for their work such as Teleproductions, The Tannery and Glyphix.
My advice? Don’t wait until you’re an upperclassman to start getting involved. The sooner you get involved, the more you’re going to learn from advisors, professionals and other students associated with that organization. Do it now!
Here’s how you can get involved in some CCI organizations:
TV2 news talent audition: August 29 6:30-11 p.m.
TV2 entertainment audition: August 29 1-5:30 p.m.
TV2 tech sign-up: August 28 and August 30 from 5-9 p.m.
Black Squirrel Radio auditions: September 3 from 2-5 p.m. and September 4 from 5-8 p.m.
For any student publication, email the appropriate student leader:
a – Emily Inverso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Burr – Leighann McGivern (email@example.com)
Daily Kent Stater – Emily Inverso (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Fusion – Jackie Bergeron (email@example.com)
Kentwired.com – Rebecca Reis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
KSUBuzz.com – Rachel Kilroy (email@example.com)
Luna Negra – Zachary Lutz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Uhuru – Oziengbe Ikuenobe (email@example.com)