From the classroom to the world: A look into how one student is taking her learning experience from the books to the real world

Samantha Salazar, sophomore English-communication arts major, is the social media intern for the department of English and Communication Studies. As the social media intern, Salazar is responsible for many different things. Not only does she post on behalf of the department, but has recently taken on more responsibility that has to do with designing graphics, creating promotional materials, and updating documents.

“I have a lot of responsibility outside posting on the social media for the department,” she said. “Whether it be designing graphics for online or creating promotional materials for the department, whatever is asked of me it is my responsibility to complete.”

During this period, Salazar encountered a small amount of issues. However, there was one that was consistently present throughout her time interning.

“Time management,” she said. “I don’t have a lot of experience juggling several large projects at one time and I found myself overwhelmed with the amount of work that needed to be done.”

In order to remedy the situation, Salazar was able to formulate a checklist/to-do list that separated each project into accessible and doable items.

Salazar has been interning with the department for about a month and a half now and she has grown exponentially in her designing skills as well as her communicating skills through posts on social media. This is especially true for this reporting period because of the diverse projects she has been tasked with.

“Recently, I have been given a wide-range of tasks to complete and that has definitely helped in developing my skills as a designer because of all the first-hand experiences I am accumulating,” she said.

As a sophomore, Salazar is currently enrolled in several advance courses and is learning a lot about what a career in communications might entail. She is applying many of the skills she acquires in the classroom for her internship and vice versa. More specifically, Salazar is currently enrolled in a graphic design course and is learning about its intricacies while applying it through her internship.

“I am learning a lot about graphic design and its rules, its specifications, and how to properly execute it and at the same time I am able to use it for work,” she said. “It’s a learning cycle and it’s helped me develop as a graphic designer exponentially more than if I was just taking the course alone.”

Although Salazar has grown so much thus far, she still has much to learn. Specifically, Salazar is currently working on making a promotional presentation for the English and communications department. In order to successfully complete this task she must work closely with Dr. Langston and Dr. Hill to acquire the appropriate information and pictures.

“I have never done a promotional presentation so I plan on working closely with Dr. Langston and Dr. Hill,” she said.

In the end, the social media internship has given Salazar a chance to branch out and utilize the skills she’s gotten in the classroom and use it in a real-world setting.

“It’s been a whirlwind experience, one that I’ve learned a lot from,” she said. “I can’t wait to see what’s to come.”

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