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Hello all, my name is Amanda Nurmi, sometimes referred to as Nurms. I am a junior working towards my Communication Studies major and Graphic Design minor, at Longwood University. I attended the study abroad trip to Spain this summer, which contributed to my new found love of traveling and I am obsessed with dogs, even though I do not own one.

As a communications major, I feel it is easy to interact well with others, and observe how people communicate with each other. One experience I have had during my studies, which improved my communication abilities, was a group project for my Media Criticism class. I worked in a small group on a presentation that we were expected to give to our class and a liberal studies class. I feel more confident in my presenting and my teamwork capabilities because the project left the classroom and broadened my skill level.

One experience I have had with interpersonal communication is how I learned to address issues with people I care about. When I was younger I used to let people say what they wanted, even if it was hurtful, and I would bottle up my feelings. After a fight with one of my closest friends, I realized I needed to speak up and let people know how I feel, but in a calm and effective manner. I can now successfully have a disagreement with a friend, without it blowing out of proportion. I hope to learn more about how others could react to my approach to disagreements during this Interpersonal Communications course.

 

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Hello fellow bloggers, my name is Amanda Nurmi. I am majoring in Communication Studies with a mass media concentration, was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and I am a sophomore at Longwood University. I am a recent member of Alpha Phi Omega, Longwood’s service fraternity. I will have a minor in Graphic Design along with my Communications degree and would like to apply my studies to the world of advertising and create logos or slogans for a children’s toy company.

            Looking back on my childhood, one major pop culture phenomena was AOL Instant Messenger (AIM). I remember countless days chatting on AIM, whether I was hanging out with my friends, trying to “flirt” with a crush, or asking the AIM computer, Smart Child, pointless questions. AIM was our main source of communication in middle school, and the most popular “must have”. Having an instant messenger account made you look like a somebody, and kept you in the loop. My parents were never huge fans of AIM, mostly because I spent all my time on it, but they had only one rule, never talk to a person I did not know. Teachers would also stress the importance of online predators in their lesson plans, once they were updated on the latest social topic. Looking back on AIM, I compare it to Facebook and how AIM was one of the beginnings to social media. Today on Facebook, we are able to not only chat with our friends, but also post pictures and play games. AIM opened up many doors to connecting and socializing with friends.

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Hello fellow bloggers, my name is Amanda Nurmi. I am majoring in Communication Studies with a mass media concentration, was born and raised in Fairfax, Virginia and I am a sophomore at Longwood University. I am a recent member of Alpha Phi Omega, Longwood’s service fraternity. I will have a minor in Graphic Design along with my Communications degree and would like to apply my studies to the world of advertising and create logos or slogans for a children’s toy company.

One of my experiences using communication skills was in my Media and Society class; I had to apply what I have learned in public speaking to properly teach the class a specific critical issue. It was important to use sufficient eye contact, appropriate language, and to convey the message in a manor the audience can understand. I have also worked at a summer day care for three years, and had a chance to use my communication skills at it’s fullest. It was important to know how to communicate to the children in a way they can understand, which helped me relate to them. If things started to become chaotic, I would have to be quick on my feet and know how to redirect their attention to receive cooperation. It was also crucial to have good communicative skills with my co-worker and my boss to make sure we are all on the same page.

 

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