Matt Allen, a graduate student and communication consultant in the School of Architecture, understands that sharing writing with others can make people nervous. He recalls a group meeting where he was helping 12 students learn how to analyze a text and develop a thesis statement. When it came time to share thesis statements, everyone was hesitant. Allen braved his peers by sharing his thesis first to break the ice and ease the tension.
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Katherine Bernero works closely with her peers as a communication consultant to help them become effective communicators in the public health discipline. “Peer mentorship,” she finds, “involves developing skills that help others engage in learning, which requires purposeful relationships, conversations, knowledge, and experience.”
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Tiera Gibson flexes her marketing skills as a speaking consultant with the University Speaking Center (USC) and CxC intern. Whether she is creating promotional videos and posters, managing the USC’s Twitter and Facebook, or working with students on oral communication, she strives to create a strong presence for CxC on campus.
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McKenna Jahns finds that her position as a communication consultant for the Department of Communication Studies opened new doors for her career. She was stressed her senior year because she did not yet have a job lined up after graduation and her previous work experience was limited. But, she says, “once I started this job and put it on my resume, I started getting interviews left and right.”
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Ryan Mach, a senior in the Department of Psychological Science and a communication consultant, used his experience as consultant to develop and present a CxC research project. Working with three other consultants, he developed two surveys to gain insight into the use of communication consultants in the CxC program.
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Alexis Mitchell, a communication consultant in the Department of Psychological Science, is passionate about helping her peers become better communicators. She explains, “I always strive for an impactful consultation, to provide them with advice that might be applicable throughout all their writing and communication endeavors.” She aims to lead by example and help her peers feel comfortable so that they trust her and ask her questions.
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