For me, one of the most relevant experiences of the program was getting accustom to writing pages-long report every weekend for an entire year.
In one specific class – Global Communication – I had to observe someone or an event in a totally different culture, setting, language or religion than my own and conduct an ethnographic research report that would provide insight on it. Then I had to interview the person to get closer to what they were doing. For my research, I chose to follow around a friend from South Sudan and observed how she interacted at home, on the phone with parents and eating habits. Certainly cultures and ways of living vary greatly from one part of the world to another.
I mention this example to show the amount of work it took before I can even begin to write the paper. This helped me phenomenally because it created an ability for me to consume large amounts of information in relatively short periods of time and pull out the most essential from them. Today, as a result, I freelance for numerous newspapers often time turning around assignments overnight.
Beyond this, the program covered communication globally for corporations, governments, PR, crises, and more. I presently work in a numbers-oriented position as a marketing research analyst.
Lastly, I just wanted to give a mention to a professor from whom I received the simplest yet invaluable advice on improving my writing skills. While I normally did well writing press releases, media kits, backgrounder and others, I struggled with feature stories. Professor Hugo Ottolenghi told me if I want to be a better writer I just had to read more. As simple as this may sound, this is what helped my feature story-writing today. His class, Applied Media, dealt with practical writing in the media & communications industry such as content writing for websites, social media, press kits, proposals and more.