Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

Here we are at the beginning of September, and the fourth week of the 2017-2018 School Year. That means classes are amping up and students are getting into the rhythm of their new schedules. Some of you, like myself, are still learning to navigate the rigors of graduate school (which is no small feat, but I think we’re off to a good start).

I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself as I will be managing the MCOM blog for the foreseeable future. My name is Cierra Seid, and I am a first-year graduate student at the University of Charleston, S.C.. Though I am a brand-new grad student,I’m very familiar with the College and the Department of Communication, having received my B.A. in Communication here in May.

As of April this year, I didn’t plan on going to grad school immediately after finishing my undergraduate degree. You see, I completed two years of school in Wisconsin before moving to Charleston; add on the last four years, and here I am starting my 7th year of college. (At what point does one become a “career student?”) I learned about a last-minute opportunity for an assistantship position at the end of April, and with the help and encouragement of Dr. Goodier (my capstone professor) and Dr. Ruth-McSwain (MCOM program director), I made a very quick decision to apply. I’m now an MCOM Graduate Assistant, helping out with marketing and recruitment. One of my tasks: manage this blog.

For those of you that have met me, you may have guessed from my lingering Wisconsin accent that I am originally from the Midwest. I grew up in a small town on the Michigan/Wisconsin border – in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, to be exact. I moved to Charleston in 2013, and although I’ve been here for a short four years, I think of Charleston as home.

Through this program I hope to develop my skills and knowledge so that I am prepared to begin a career in social marketing. As you get to know me, you’ll learn that I am a big fan of animals and the environment, so my dream job would somehow include both.

Throughout the year, I plan to write about department updates, special events, student spotlights, and anything else that I think might interest you. If there is something you would like to see in the blog, feel free to contact me at seidcr@g.cofc.edu.

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