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You Know You’re a UCF Communications Major When…

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCF chapter.

The Nicholson School of Communication Is Your Second Home

OK, let’s be real, it’s your only home. We have a love-hate relationship with this old building that’s located inconveniently far from everything else on campus. You even know the NSC building so well, that you know the bathroom toilets squirt water at you after you flush. That’s also when you know you spend way too much time in school.

Joan McCain Is Your Role Model

While all of the communication professors are some of the most influential and talented there are at UCF, Joan has a special impact on us all—especially the advertising and public relations students. Her classes offer the most engaging and meaningful discussions, and she makes you want to be successful and kick butt in not only your profession, but your everyday life. I think we can all write a novel about the things we love about Joan. No doubt.

Intern Pursuit Is What You Look Forward To Every Semester

Pshhhh, who cares about football games and social events when the hottest internship fair is in town?! Intern Pursuit is the event communication majors anticipate every semester. Talk about over-achievers. *The next Intern Pursuit is on March 20, 2017 so mark your calendars!*

You’ve Probably Taken Almost Every Liberal Arts Class There Is

This one is especially true for advertising and public relations majors. With an awesome major, comes an awesome opportunity for electives—specifically the required ones in liberal arts. After you take the real classes that will help your future career, you’re left with: Yoga? Check. Self-defense? Check. Kickboxing? Check. And basically every writing and rhetoric or sociology class offered, too.

The Term “Limited Access” Scared You At First, But Now You Feel Super Lucky

At first, hearing that our majors were limited access and there was an application process sounded intimidating, which is true, it was. But getting accepted into these programs means you have what it takes, and that’s what makes it so rewarding to be part of the Nicholson School of Communication.

You Know Everyone In All Of Your Classes

Knowing your classmates is the best part about being a communications major. We’re making friends and valuable connections that will last a lifetime. Group projects for us aren’t as terrible as other students have it because we’re all familiar with our abilities, and we are all driven and creative in our own ways. We also know 90 percent of our class is made up of women.

You’re Unsure Why We’re Graduating With a Bachelor of Arts, Even Though We Are A Part Of The College of Sciences

Not that it really matters, but most of us are still confused why we’re graduating with a BA even though we are in the College of Sciences. I’m sure there’s a reasonable explanation for this, but most of us just accept it because we don’t care what degree we get…as long as we get it. You’ve probably gave up on trying to explain it to your parents, too.

You Know You’re Going To Rule The World

We should all be proud to be communications majors; whether that be advertising and public relations, journalism, broadcast journalism, or even mass communication. We have the confidence and work ethic to be the next Carrie Bradshaw, David Oglivy, or Katie Couric. And we will be, but better.


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Gabby is a senior advertising and public relations major who loves Taylor Swift, iced coffee, anything that sparkles, and writing. Her favorite fictional character is Jenna Rink from 13 Going on 30, because she plans to be a "big time magazine editor" one day. Gabby is the the president and editor-in-chief of Her Campus at UCF and a contributing blogger for the Huffington Post. When she isn't writing (which isn't very often), you'll always find Gabby sitting front row of every UCF football game, at Starbucks, or watching re-runs of "Friends." She's got a fascination with New York City, and aspires to work in digital journalism. Follow Gabby on social media if you're interested in the commentary of an average 20-something, food, and the more-than-occassional selfie. Twitter / Instagram / Pinterest