In my experience, flip flopping majors in college has been a weekly experience. I switched out of AND THEN back into the Communication school a whopping total of 3 times.
Why did I switch? I think it was a mix of fear and confusion. Will it happen again? I hope not. The point is, I am happy in the Communication school and am slowly but surely finding my niche in the career world. Along the journey of acquiring a degree, I have found myself being pushed out of my comfort zone in my Interpersonal Communication class.
Interpersonal Communication is a course that really narrows in on what shapes communication between two people. Topics range from self-concept, conflict struggles, and nonverbal communication. Sometimes I feel like some people don’t take a Communication degree as serious as a Business or Economics degree, but I am here to tell you that after all my schooling so far I have realized that proper communication is at the core of human relations. A business cannot function if they do not have the fundamentals of communication covered.
I think we all share a drive to communicate, regardless of if we see ourselves as introverted or extroverted. That being said, this course really pushed the students to learn how to communicate assertively and confidently. Ever since I entered college I have had an insane fear of public speaking. I can totally hold a great conversation in a small group of new people, but when it comes to standing up in front of a crowd….NOPE. This came as a surprise to me because I always thought of myself as an extroverted person. I mean, I was voted “Most Likely to Host a TV Show” in middle school.
I’m not sure what changed inside of me to make me such a nervous person nowadays, but Interpersonal Communication is giving me the tools to enhance my confidence in an interpersonal context.
Listening is also a HUGE part of communication. Less than 2% of people have had any formal education on how to listen properly. We have been learning how to shut of our internal noise in our own brains in order to listen more effectively. Fun fact: we listen at a rate of 125-250 words per minute, but we think at 1000-3000 words per minute.
Regardless of whatever career you go into, effective communication will create positivity in your profession AND personal lives.
Click this link below to see an infographic on how communication has transformed through the ages. Sharing ideas and thoughts has happened since the beginning of human life! Enjoy!