This may seem like a lot of content to tackle in my very first post, but I would like to use this post to quantify my Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) experience thus far and explain why the program is important to me. Let’s just say that my graduate school experience has been a little nontraditional. I am a double major in both CICS and Communication Studies, and I am in my second year of study, which will conclude this upcoming May. This gives me a unique perspective on the program since I have been part of the center for two cycles now. Over the past year and a half, I have been challenged to learn and grow more than in any other part of my life thus far. It is this growth that has taught me to become the professional I am today. Throughout my time at CICS I have worked on many group and personal projects that have pushed me to learn more about how technology works and how that information can be communicated to others with non-technical backgrounds. The skills I have gained from these projects are marketable in almost any professional situation. In the United States, these skills are marketable across a multitude of technology-based jobs. Tech is also one of the more arguably stable industries within the United States. As for the rest of the world, CICS has also taught me to understand and work in diverse situations. Not only do I understand these situations I also personally appreciate diversity. This makes it so that I can be a globally conscious professional who would be able and willing to work wherever the opportunity takes me. In the end, my graduate school experience has helped to prepare me for my life after academia in more ways than I can express in words.
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