Here at Washington State University, there have been many professors that I have really looked up to. Now that I am headed into my final semester of college, I really wanted to acknowledge their impact on my life.
My freshman year, I had a professor named David Warner. He was one of the most open and accepting people I have ever met. Though I had one of my least favorite General Requirement Courses with him, he was able to make the class more interesting and a lot more fun. Dr. Warner was an amazing professor and though last year he went through a very traumatic experience, I still believe him to be one of the strongest men I have ever met. If you have no idea who David Warner is, he was a professor in the Comparative Ethnic Studies department here at WSU. He is a bigger guy with the longest hair I have ever seen on a man. But his looks aren’t what makes him stand out in a crowd. It’s his personality and very loud voice that does. I believe that Dave is still recovering from an accident that happened last year, but I really hope he comes back to WSU as a professor because I feel that other students deserve to hear his testimony in the CES department.
My sophomore year, I attended a lecture for the Last Lecture Series held here yearly at Washington State. The lecture was from a professor that I cannot remember. She is a professor in the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication. Though I have never had this professor before, I did attend her last lecture. She spoke about the different aspects of Communication as well as the Crisis Communication sector of many Public Relations Departments. Her lecture made a lasting impression on me due to her passion about the subject. She seemed to LOVE Crisis Communication and I felt a real connection to her while she was speaking. This lecture was when I really figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I want to work in Crisis Communication.
My junior year was a hard year. I was involved in Residence Life, working almost full time and was getting ready to fly down to Disney World for 8 months of Living, Learning, and Earning for the Walt Disney Company. So, there are no professors that I really connected with this year.
This year, I have a professor named Rebecca Cooney. She is probably the coolest, most interesting professor I have ever had. Since Rebecca teaches two of my Communication classes this semester, I have really been able to get to know her and feel like she could be a real asset to my future. In Rebecca’s classes I have learned more than in any other class I have taken here at Washington State University. Since she is the professor of the class I have to write this blog for and she will be reading this blog post, I just want to say that I am not trying to “suck up.” I really do believe that Rebecca has helped me learn a lot of things that I can ACTUALLY use in the Public Relations Field as well as in the real world, no matter what job I end up finding myself in.
All three of these professors have been very beneficial to my college experience because they have all pushed me in the right direction for my future. Not one professor here at WSU has ever put me down in my quest to have a great future, but many have not had any impact on me as well. But after taking classes with two of these three individuals I actually feel prepared for the real world and unlike with other classes I feel that the money I spent coming to college was actually worth something!