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Discuss the historical foundation of the Communication discipline and how you see the study thereof having practical applications in the world and in your life.

The historical foundation of the Communication discipline has inspired me to understand how important communication is to the society we live in. Every moment, every blink or smile is a form of communication every for people who cant see, feel or touch. Communication has become more important to me not only how I perceive people, but how my demeanor or attention to detail is perceived as well. Each day that the weather is discussed, or the Global news on World Events, their is a communication guideline that can be observed in our daily lives.

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Discuss the courses which most impacted the development of your writing. How might you use your writing skills in the future?

The courses which impacted me the most in development was Research and Communication Theory. I cant even begin to identify that skills I have developed for my love for writing. In Communication Theory, I was able to understand how the journalist world writes and helps guide us into our decision making on life and things impacting our lives just by choosing the correct words or the correct dialogue. Theory allowed me to help my daughter write her Senior Exit Project using at least 4-5 of the communication theories on how to help reduce high school drop-outs. The Research Theory allowed us the skills set and opportunity to research the data before the final project. This allow her the opportunity to understand communication at a higher level and how communicating  this is so important when writing a paper . This also allowed me to advance my knowledge on a daily basis with news and media coverage.  Research and Theory became my best friend for how to research, analyze and write a paper based on the data. Now I write knowing that what is expressed in my communication is factual as well as relevant to what needs to be shared. From CMS news to the NY Times, I began to watch and observe how political polls research was determined and portrayed to the public. Both classes had a tremendous effect on my writing for essays, writings, and future documentations in any environment.

During your college experience, how have you used your presentation skills and how have they improved over time?

During my college experience at Queens University, I have had the opportunity to speak on various occasions at school events as well as on Queens Campus for class presentations. I was the Booster Club president at the school and speaking amongst the parents and teachers for the band only improved my communication skills by being more observant to body languages in the atmosphere. If I was speaking to long, or if what I was speaking on seem to be of boredom, I learned to make the presentation very inclusive with the audience. For classes on campus, the groups are very diverse in culture, but the basically same in age so when presenting I had to use the Uses and Gratification Theory a lot to catch and keep their attention. When they are allowed to participate, ask questions, and respond openly, as well as when they are allowed to laugh, generally that eased me in presenting well here at Queens. The younger crowd likes to see when you can connect on their level and teach them something about becoming better and stronger in the future.

Uses and Gratifications 2012