By Israel Ramirez |Staff Writer|
Communication is something we utilize every day.
To me, it is the most important skill we should learn to master.
After three years at CSUSB, I have taken many courses, but none like COMM 243A
COMM 243A is a communication course that fulfills one of the major’s requirements.
The course allows students to work with the school’s newspaper, the Coyote Chronicle.
In this course, we write for the weekly newspaper while enhancing various necessary skills that are taught by Professor Jim Smart.
If you are a communication major, it is essential you take this course to further your knowledge of the communication industry.
I strongly encourage every communication student to take this course and get a feel for what it is like to work in the field of journalism.
If I had to compare this class to something, it would be much like having to dissect an animal in a high school science class.
Creating my own piece, breaking it down, figuring out what belongs, what does not, while also gathering professional input has really helped me in a way that other courses have not.
In the three years, I have not had a better learning experience than these three short weeks with the editors and Professor Smart.
Working with these individuals, in such a short time, has already helped me improve my writing in making it concise and effective, something that I was unable to progress in during my English courses.
Initially, this class was simply another course to fill my schedule while completing my requirements.
However, after learning what the course is about, I have enrolled into an outstanding opportunity.
This class is a school resource not worth ignoring— it is invaluable, and the amount of help you can receive is beneficial.
The one attribute this class offers that really excels in comparison to other courses is teamwork.
Although I write my own articles, it is the editors, professor and fellow students’ input that helps improve my writing. This is something that I have yet to experience in any of my other classes.
“Communications is an opportunity for an individual to network in order to better one another,” said student Edgar Ortiz.
I feel that many of the courses provided at the university have potential to be more than what they are.
If more classes allowed us to get a feel for the job industry while working as a team the way COMM 243A does, students would exceed expectations.
COMM 243A is a class to help one be proficient in the communication field.
From my experience at the university, these individuals who operate the classroom are top-tier compared to other staff members.
After mentioning all the benefits this class provides for all communication majors, I would without a doubt, take this class again.
Learning so much in such a short amount of time has shown me that there are still proactive staff members in the education system that care about what the students learn.
This course is the opportunity we have all been waiting for.
Do not take it for granted, take the opportunity and earn those $25,000 answers Professor Smart will tell you about.