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When Business Meets Communication

March 2, 2018|Posted in: On Campus

Jolene Levesque is a sophomore double majoring in Public Relations and Business Administration from Northwood, New Hampshire. In this blog, Jolene writes about her amazing experience in the Kogod School of Business and how it has helped enhance her communications major!

I came to American University as a Public Relations major after researching careers that involve communication in high school. American University’s School of Communication requires you to major, or minor, in another school in order to give students a sense of what field they want to work in. I recognized that business was another area of study that I was passionate about, so I decided to pursue it.

I declared my second major in Business at the beginning of my second year. I decided to add a Business Administration major because I believed a business degree would pair well with a communications degree.

So far, my experience in the Kogod School of Business has been incredible. I have taken a myriad of classes, from Financial Accounting to Global Corporate Citizenship. My favorite class has been Business Professionalism, which I am taking this Spring. This class has taught me how to improve my interview skills, update my LinkedIn and resume, and write an effective and memorable cover letter. I have learned about different resources that American University offers for students to look for jobs and internships, and the different programs that Kogod offers for Business students. This information has come in very handy as I begin searching for summer internships in Washington, D.C.

One program that Kogod offers which I have had the opportunity to use is the audience dog program. Before I gave a presentation in Global Corporate Citizenship last semester, another business requirement, I decided to make an appointment to practice it with a dog. (Yes you read that right, he was a Pomeranian pup named Noche!) He sat patiently in a chair while I went through my presentation, and most importantly he did not look at me funny or judge me as I stumbled through some of the words. This program is available for all students to participate in, whether they need the practice or just want to talk to a dog! It was a great experience for me and I look forward to doing it again!

Being a double major is not easy. I have to switch my mindset back and forth between working on accounting problems to writing a press release constantly. Whenever I tell someone that I am a double major, they often comment on how difficult and time consuming it must be. Although it can be a lot of work, it is also rewarding to know that I will have knowledge in both communications and business once I graduate from American University.

Both of my majors have taught me information that I will be able to use for years to come. I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to double major in two unique fields and look forward to see where they lead me in the future.

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