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The Second Coming

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Longwood Part 2

Hey there guys!

My name is Daena Bodie, I am currently a Junior (quite possibly a Senior, it’s a little complicated!) Public Relations and Organizational Communication major.

I’m Bahamas born but moved to England in my early teens. I am a soccer player here on the Longwood Men’s Soccer team and have played the sport my whole life. My main professional interest is definitely soccer and I took a semester out last Fall to pursue some avenues within that.

However the lure of finishing up my degree at Longwood within the strong communications program we have here was too much to keep me away.

Whilst I have written previous introductory blogs that outline my own experiences and expertise within the communications field I feel as if nothing has help me put in to practice the skills I have learnt within communications as much as my last job working at The Rockmount Bar & Restaurant over the last few months.

I was a bartender there and nothing has translated more from the whiteboards to face-to-face interaction than my time within that job. Not only did my experiences extend from handling basic customer interaction but also to dealing with managing crisis situations on a bigger scale.

Having worked in a bar I have experienced a lot of situations regarding gender and how gender norms aren’t really set in stone, which has led to a few awkward moments.

One particular scenario takes place very frequently that defies our stereotypical idea of gender norms. This situation occurs where a couple walks in and both sit at the bar and the male orders the drinks for the two of them. One is a draught beer and the other is a vodka and coke. Being presumptuous and trying to serve as quickly as possible, I will just assume that the beer is for the male and the vodka is for the female.

However often times this is not the case, but having grown up where it is usually men that drink beer and women that drink wine or liquor, I would never give it a second thought that it may be the reverse.

Throughout this semester I hope to understand the bigger picture on how gender norms and roles affect people that lie outside of the stereotypical gender ideals.

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An Introduction to Me

My Men’s Soccer Headshot

As written above in bold you’ll see that I’m Daena Bodie. I’m a Junior here at Longwood and I am studying Communication Studies, Public Relations and Organizational Communication. I am also a member of the Longwood University Men’s Soccer team and I aspire to play professional soccer one day.

I have an extremely diverse background that begins with my childhood and where I was born. The Bahamas is where I lived until I was nine before my family decided to relocate to the United Kingdom. After that, I found myself trying to pursue my dream of playing professional soccer, which has subsequently lead me here amongst the Longwood COMMunity.

Throughout my time here at Longwood, especially within the Communications Studies major and the Men’s Soccer team, I have developed a lot of skills that vary from being able to use design software, to report and interview people, to lead, to listen, and to work well in a group.

By taking a Media Design class last Spring I pushed my limits and developed a strong eye for what is used in design and what is effective in design, which would then enable me to use the necessary software to create appealing pieces.

While at Longwood, this design class isn’t the only class in which I have picked up important skills and knowledge. I have taken a multitude of communication classes that have all helped give me a deeper understanding of the communications process.

I took an Interpersonal Communications class over the summer that gave me a deeper look at how people communicate and what kind of verbal & nonverbal signs can be portrayed and understood. Last semester I also took and Applied Organizational Communications class that involved a lot of interaction with a local organization in order to help them meet and improve select goals. That class taught me a lot about Public Relations and how to work within an organization and the surrounding audiences.

I haven’t come across too many vital roles in my personal, academic, or professional life. Through soccer I have always been a solid team player and a great fit in group situations. Having been in a variety of different teams and around a lot of different cultures I have learnt to not only communicate well with others but also with other cultures.

After graduation I have no plans as far as academics go. I have always played soccer and always loved it so my main goal after graduation would be to pursue that dream of becoming a professional soccer player.

I have never really planned for anything but pursuing that dream. So, while I value the opportunity I have to get a degree my main goal is soccer. If that fails then I would love to stay involved in sports in some way, which is why I think this Organizational Communication class is going to be extremely helpful because it will open up options and views on what my other possibilities can be when trying to stay involved in soccer organizations or other sporting organizations.

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An Introduction To Me..

Representing Longwood Men’s Soccer.

Hello all!
My name is Daena Bodie, after this summer I will be going in to my Junior year as a Communications Studies major with a concentration in Public Relations and Organizationa Communication.

I was born in the Bahamas but lived my teenage years in England. I am a member of the Longwood Men’s Soccer team and have played Soccer my whole life and once represented the Nike Elite Academy for Soccer.
My academic interests are definitely all to do with my Communications classes, every one of them has been fun and interesting. My main professional interest is definitely Soccer first and foremost but I have a huge interest in my Comm Studies concentration and the job opportunities that it can present to me.

My expertise and experiences within Communication Studies classes includes a group blog called Tech Dudes and a basic personal website that offers some brief information on myself and some recent pieces of work.
There are more experiences for me outside of the classroom, on the soccer field. I am seen as a leader within my team and I play a role as an effective communicator amongst the other players. This is because I am able to relate to most people and target what needs to be done quickly and can relay that message in order to get the job done. 

I’ve experienced a lot of Interpersonal Communication within my time at Longwood. It applies to me in the classroom and on the field. I took a Communication Theory class and there was a lot of group work, which clearly involved a lot of discussion and this meant that it was important to be able to interact effectively with others. Working on group projects or even in a one on one situation has taught me that it’s important to think about how you and the other person or people communicate your ideas in order to be as effective as possible.
Interpersonal Communication is also important to me within soccer because as a team we have to be able to work well with each other and in order to get the best out of each other we need to be able to communicate well and understand what works well for each individual person.
After taking this class I hope to broaden my knowledge on interpersonal relationships and make myself a better communicator of my thoughts and ideas to others. To help me in general interactions, professional interactions and also interactions within soccer.

 

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