After hearing about the reputation of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, Aditi Rao, who comes from a bio-sciences background, is pursing a second master's degree in a new field. This first-year graduate student from Mumbai, India, is excited to learn about the field of communications, and love the opportunities the program provides.
“The coursework of the M.S. in Communications program well consolidates theory and application, and the classes are designed to train students for real-life situations,” Rao said. “I was particularly drawn to the wide variety of subjects offered and to the opportunity of selecting them and designing my own program."
Rao has earned an graduate assistantship and works with Dr. Cory Young, the chair of the graduate program in communications as she prepares to present two papers at the National Communication Association Conference in November 2013 in Washington D.C. The paper topics include "Integrated Crisis Communication: A Both/And Model" and "Media for Social Responsibility: Media Coverage of Global Nutrition."
She also assists Dr.Young with her undergraduate class on Crisis Communication. "Taking notes for the undergraduate class helps strengthen my understanding of crisis Communications. ”Rao stated. “(It also) helps me cultivate a 360° view of situations and events, and I find myself applying this thought process in my classes as well.”