COM Life is the Good Life

They say that college is supposed to be the best four years of your life, that college is what prepares you most for life in the real world. With graduation right around the corner, it is hard to believe that after all this time the end of school is near.

Through it all, I cannot imagine going through college without being a COM Studies major.

Communication is an essential part of life. As a COM Studies major, I have learned how to ‘manage mutual responding,’ to otherwise create and deliver messages across various contexts. Paper after paper, group project after group project, I have worked on assignments that apply to real life situations. Through the COM Studies Department, I have learned how to live by tikkun olam and contribute to the repair of the world, while also learning how to utilize and incorporate each of the core skills into my everyday life.

But most importantly, I have learned more about my life, my relationships, and myself. Each and every COM class has taught me why we do the things we do, the reasons why we react a certain way, or why we prefer one thing to another. I have learned how to step out of my comfort zone and have since become a very talkative people person. From my tight knit group of friends to the friends I have made through the COM Studies Department, the friendships I have made along the way will last a lifetime.

As I close the chapter on my time at UNCW, I look forward to the start of a new beginning. Through all the laughs and sleepless nights, I will never forget all of the wonderful, kindhearted individuals I got to call my chosen family. Because-She-Straight-Up-Hero.gif

Best wishes,

Aris Harding



14 thoughts on “COM Life is the Good Life

  1. This was so inspiring to read! Last semester I chose to major in communication studies and I had no idea what impact it would make in my life. I have thoroughly enjoyed learning essential in-depth communication skills because it has taught me so much as a young adult. I’m excited to graduate next year with my degree and see where life takes me. Congrats!

  2. This is so sweet and I completely agree. Coming into college, I had no idea what my major would be. When I discovered COM, I immediately loved it. From the amazing professors, engaging clubs and incredible students, I can’t imagine doing anything else. I really appreciate UNCW for giving me all of these opportunities and I’m excited to see where my COM degree takes me!

  3. This is a really relatable, well-written article! I may be biased, but I would have to agree that the communication studies major is the best and most beneficial major in college as it is useful in every aspect of life. I will always cherish the friendships I have made through the COM department (two of my roommates are COM majors) and the relationships I have built with commendable professors. Working with countless group projects has introduced me to people I never thought I would befriend and taught me how to stay patient while working with all types of people. I truly believe I will use lessons taught in my COM classes not only in my career, but throughout my entire life. The only critique I have of your article is to use more fun gifs, but that may the be visual person in me talking.

  4. Awesome post! As I read, I literally got excited to graduate and I don’t even graduate until 2018! This is the most genuine blog post I’ve read. Group projects, more group projects, and more papers is the life of a COM student. I couldn’t have summed it up any better than you have done in this post.

  5. Great post! I totally agree I couldn’t imagine being here at UNCW and not being a COM major. It is such an important part of our everyday life and communication is literally in every single job. I have also learned so much about myself and my relationships with others throughout the major, and I know how to effectively communicate with others because of it.

  6. I agree that choosing to become a COM Studies major was one of the best decisions I made in college. Communications Studies is such an interesting and useful field I learned much more than I expected, about the study of communication and about myself. Even for people who are not planning on majoring in COM Studies I would recommend taking a couple COM Studies courses because so much of it is applicable to everyday life.

  7. This is awesome, and as a sophomore, I hope that I feel the same way as you do when I approach graduation. Reading this made me confident and excited in my decision to become a Communication Studies Major as well. Although receiving proper education in college is important, I completely agree with you in your point you made about how important it was that you learned about life, your relationships, and yourself. I believe Com studies is a major here at UNCW that allows students to be able to gain real-world insight better than many other major.

  8. Thank you for this post! It was insightful and heartfelt. It was good to hear as someone who is working through RP2 in COM 200 right now, very motivating!

  9. Congrats on almost graduating! Communication is really an essential to life, with this being my first semester in the major and taking a full load of straight communication courses I truly learned just like you how to life and breathe communication every day and since have increased my business and become and over all better person. The group projects were hard to get used to at first and I hated every minute of it but now I get it , I see the light at the end of the deadly stressful group project tunnel and actually enjoy doing them now!

  10. I really enjoyed this post. For one reason because it is short, sweet, and to the point. I like that, I think it is an effective way to catch your audience/readers eye. Your title caught my eye as well, because I thought to myself why? It was almost like an open-ended statement. I also liked the meme you put up there, because I am a huge fan of that movie! Congratulations on your soon to be graduation.

  11. I love this! I definitely was not ecstatic when I made the decision to change majors from Business to COM, but have found, in the past semester, how much I love learning about the things that I am. Everyone always told me that COM is a pointless or lazy/last-ditch major and I couldn’t disagree more. After only one semester I’ve learned about things some people could only wish to (like Studio and Field production!). I eagerly look forward to how you’re feeling right now about graduation day. P.s. Hi Aris! It’s Alyssa, from work. I didn’t know you were a COM major! 🙂

  12. I really loved this, it was so relatable and very authentic. You kept to the topic and I really loved how you incorporated so many elements from different COM classes! I switched from Business to COM and quickly found that it was the perfect major for me. I enjoyed this a lot, great job!

  13. The best part of being a COM major really is that it is so applicable to everyday life, not just the professional world. It is a great skill that we will be able to use every hour for the rest of our lives. It definitely teaches you more than just about the field, it teaches you about yourself. You make a lot of really great points! Great post!

  14. Oh the words of Dr. Weber will forever ring through our minds. While I am just starting out my adventures within the COM department, seeing all the posts from graduating seniors makes me even more excited for whats next to come. I’m glad to be a part of such a great department. A COM degree is really applicable to any career.

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