Thanksgiving season is coming to a close so what better time to reflect on what I’m thankful for than now? I’ve been at Nazareth College for over three years now, which means there are plenty aspects of my life that I can thank Naz for providing me. This might sound a little cheesy, but Naz is my happy place. Here’s why.
Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and for me, sitting in classes is the time when I can debrief. I’ve been lucky because I genuinely enjoy all of my classes this semester. I think this is primarily because of the fact that I love my major, communications and media. This is my second semester as a comm major and, after a long search of majors, I can confidently say that this major is the right fit for me. There are many careers in the field of communication that Naz has allowed me to explore. The further I continue my studies, the more fields I am able to learn about. I am currently enrolled in five classes relating to this field – comm research methods, media studies, public relations writing, principles of marketing, and writing for digital media. As communication can be a broad major, I’m thankful that Naz provides numerous classes that focus on the strands of this field, such as English, writing, editing, marketing, public relations, social media, and digital design to name a few. Three of my classes this semester are 50 minutes long while the other two are an hour and 15 minutes. When I’m sitting in my classes, the content being presented is all that I focus on. I forget about any obligations outside of the classroom and completely immerse myself in my education.
Alongside classes comes professors. My professors are a considerable factor to why I’m thankful for Naz. I was introduced to one of my professors, Dr. Carolyn Lagoe, while searching for reasons communication and media could be an appropriate major for me. Dr. Lagoe pointed me in the right direction by briefing me on what communication and media actually is and what my responsibilities would entail as a comm media student at Naz. In addition, she connected me with a current comm major so that I could have a student’s perspective as well. Dr. Lagoe is an assistant professor and director of communication and media program in the English and communication department. Continually, I have been lucky enough to have her as my advisor and taken five courses total with her thus far in my educational career. Another professor that has influenced my experience as a comm major is Professor Leah Stacy, assistant professor in professional practice in English and communication. I had a class with Professor Stacy my first semester after declaring a comm major. At that point, I was still establishing myself as a comm student and getting comfortable with the material. I am currently enrolled in two of Professor Stacy’s classes. Over the course of just one semester so far, I have learned so much from her classes in terms of not only content but also my personal standing in this field and my personal brand. Both of these professors have taught me a tremendous amount about the field of communication. What I’m most thankful for is how they’ve both guided me as a student and pushed me to work passed my goals in my educational career.
Being a college student at Naz isn’t solely about attending classes and getting the work done needed for those classes. It’s also about pulling your weight outside of classes. Naz has presented countless opportunities to expand my education through outlets such as on-campus and off-campus events and potential job opportunities. Dr. Carolyn Lagoe and Professor Stacy never fail to inform students about the many networking events that Naz helps assemble. Some of the events include panel discussions where students are given the chance to listen to career professionals’ experience and ask questions pertaining to a discussion topic, speaker events, and networking events where students can build their connections with individuals off-campus. I’m endlessly grateful for the opportunities Naz provides to students to help introduce them to the professional world of their potential careers.
Last but not least, I’m thankful for the community and atmosphere of Naz. When I transferred to this school I was nervous about fitting in. I felt anxiety about going to a new school where I didn’t know anyone and barely knew my way around. A prominent reason I fell in love with Naz was because of my first impression of the community here and how it differed from my previous college. From speaking to individuals who work for Naz over the phone and via email to engaging with students and faculty in person, I knew it wouldn’t be as difficult as I had thought to feel comfortable here. Professors made me feel like a valuable student and my peers were never quick to judge me. Naz has been a home-away-from-home for me. It’s been an environment of learning, release, and great experiences.
I could go on for a long time about why I’m thankful for Nazareth College. The classes, faculty, immense opportunities, and community are merely a few reasons to why my college is one element of my life that I’m thankful for. In a little over a year, I’ll have a diploma in my hand to physically represent my appreciation for Naz and all that it helped me accomplish.