Dr. Chelsea Murdock: Getting To Know The New Writing Center Director

“If you don’t do something with writing, you’re wasting your life.” That was a comment Dr. Chelsea Murdock received after writing fanfiction, and it changed her life. From shifting majors from voice to geology to finally English, Dr. Murdock is comfortable with exploring both the technical and creative parts of herself. With the fall of 2019 being her first semester as the new director of the Writing Center at Clemson, the Pearce Center for Professional Communication decided to learn more about Dr. Murdock. We delved into her background and professional past, her role as Writing Center Director and her plans for the future.  … Continue readingDr. Chelsea Murdock: Getting To Know The New Writing Center Director

7 Tips on How to Become a Better Writer

Whether you’re in college, graduate school, or working in the professional force — the ability to write well is a highly sought after skill. In the world of professional communication, the best writers are the ones who can write both clearly and concisely. While becoming a strong writer takes practice, it is not as daunting of a task as it may initially seem. … Continue reading7 Tips on How to Become a Better Writer

Nonverbal Communication: Actions Speak Louder than Words

A timeless saying that attests to the importance of nonverbal communication in our lives is “actions speak louder than words.” Whether one hears this saying from a mother, a teacher, a friend, or anyone in any situation, it carries the similar and impactful claim that nonverbal communication is just as important as any other type of communication. In the workplace, communication is undoubtedly important, however, there are several ways that nonverbal communication can speak volumes of someone’s character and work ethic in any career field. The following situations are significant examples of when nonverbal communication is important and why it is important. … Continue readingNonverbal Communication: Actions Speak Louder than Words

Why Your Liberal Arts Degree Matters

The summer between my freshman and sophomore year of college, I switched my major from Language and International Health to English. I had struggled a lot in my science classes the past year, crying over chemistry problems and flipping mindlessly through biology flashcards. Despite knowing I was much more passionate about reading and writing, I felt pressured to force myself through classes for which I had little aptitude in order to work my way towards a respectable career. … Continue readingWhy Your Liberal Arts Degree Matters

Read More Books in 2019: Why Reading for Fun Should Be Your Top Resolution

We’re almost one month into the new year, and that means it’s reached the point of January when New Year’s resolutions are slowly abandoned and forgotten. Rather than letting your good intentions and healthy habits slip away, take a moment to recommit to them. Personally, my resolutions this year include making weekly trips to the recycling center, the usual “drink more water,” and most importantly, to read 19 books in 2019. I believe that setting (and sticking to) a reading goal should be one of your resolutions this year, too. … Continue readingRead More Books in 2019: Why Reading for Fun Should Be Your Top Resolution

The Value of Learning a Second Language

Teetering back and forth on a seat of the New York subway, suitcase in hand, I sat slightly anxious awaiting arrival at my station destination. As a fresh wave of people entered from the next stop, an evident brother and sister pair hopped on my cart and sat directly across from me. As they settled into their seats they started speaking rapidly in a thick (what i presumed to be) ivorian french accent. … Continue readingThe Value of Learning a Second Language

The Benefits of an Internship Early in College

In today’s competitive job market, employers are searching for the best of the best. Although at the beginning of freshman year many are simply thinking about surviving their first year of college, graduation and entrance into your next phase of life comes faster than you realize. Internships during your college years are the most remarkable experiences that will best prepare you for the transition into a professional career. Employers seek solid and well-rounded resumes, and the professional experience of an internship greatly enhances your appeal to employers. The array of benefits from an internship are perennial, however there are a few very significant reasons I believe that everyone should participate in an internship program during their freshman year of college or the summer after. … Continue readingThe Benefits of an Internship Early in College