By Elizabeth Ann Clark |Coyote Contributor|
Mass Communication, Lambda Pi Eta Honors
On the first day of winter quarter, 2011, I stepped into Comm 401 Gender, Race and Media. Not even ten minutes passed before I knew, I made the right decision transferring to CSUSB.
I never thought I would end up here, though I never had a clear idea of where I imagined furthering my education after graduating from community college.
After transferring, I changed my concentration several times, but finally embraced the Mass Communication concentration.
Along the way, I realized that the communication field incorporated all the the areas of study that intrigued me. Mass Communication also happens to be one of the most important concentrations in a media-centered society.
While here, many of the professors, namely Dr. C. Rod Metts, Mike Wichman and Scott Rodriguez both inspired and challenged me.
I gained skills in critical thinking, theory, film aesthetics, media literacy and most importantly I learned hands-on experience in television and single-camera film style production.
As the past year blurred by, I reflect back, almost regretful that I never took glassblowing, photography or a drama class, though I am thankful I did enroll in the year-long production courses with Dr. Metts. While enrolled in this program, I directed, shot and edited several short films, alongside friends who shared the same creativity, vision and aesthetic of filmmaking.
Now counting the days until graduation, I am overwhelmed though inspired to face the world with determination. With a bright future ahead, I leave CSUSB with gratitude and optimism toward pursuing my dreams.