Small Business Community

What started out as a small company in a closet has now turned into a thriving company with many different vendors.  My father started his company, Robinson Engineering, Inc.,  from a small closet that was converted into an office in 1999.   This company has now grown into a business with many different vendors.  One of these include a beer company located in the Bahamas, in which one of his machines performs reverse osmosis to purify water.  When I first learned that my father was quitting his good engineering job with a prestigious company to start this business, I was a little skeptical.  Of course, I have learned through the years not to question my parents, because I know that they know what is best for our family.

When the company first started, it was just my father.  He quickly moved his company to our converted garage and gained one employee.  By this point, his business was growing, and it was great.  It was great because my father was working from home.  He was there for everything, and I loved this.  His company moved a few more times, and now he is happily settled into an office and warehouse about a mile from our residence.  It is not working at home, but it is just about as close as you could get.  Needless to say, I am very proud of all my father’s accomplishments with his company.  He has grown the company into a very great organization, and he has taught my younger brother and I a lot from this.

Ever since I can remember, my father was always taking me into his office and showing me how things worked.  Machines and other different types of gadgets.  When I was old enough to work, I was able to work in the warehouse at his company.  Now, when I say this is a warehouse, I mean a warehouse.  I had to wear steal toed boots and safety goggles.  Now, this was not in any way the ideal summer job for any teenage girl.  I had to use my hands, get dirty.  Everyday I had a new cut or blister.  But it taught me a lot.  It was working with these people.  My father told me what his father told him, and it was to the effect that many employers will look at an applicant based on their past work experience.  This is common knowledge, but my father told me that if an applicant has a cushy internship, this looks good, sure.  But if an applicant has worked construction or some other type of job involving labor or being out with other people, that this is important.  It is the communication between people.  My father worked construction for a few summers before he graduated college, and he told me that this was where he learned how to treat his employees.  It was the gaining of what makes employees happy, what makes that want to come to work.  It was this that helped him learn how to run his company.

It was these stories.  These personal stories that taught me about life.  Personal stories are stories that are told by employees that define how they want to be seen in the company.  My father’s company has grown, but I know every single one of his employees.  Every year we have a ritual.  The day before Christmas Eve, when the office will be closed for the next week, we have a big lunch.  At this lunch, the employees, their spouses or partners, and children if they have any, convene for a potluck.  At this lunch, we talk, not like employees, but like a family.  We share stories, the typical what have we done this year, and look how far we have come since last year.  One of my father’s favorite employees, who is more like an older brother to me, will joke with me about why I didn’t bring beer for the party.  This ritual happens every year at the same time.  All of the employees know that at the end of the lunch, my father will stand up and give a speech.  We all know what this speech consists of.  My father will stand up, and proclaim how proud he is of everyone, and how he feels blessed for everyone in the room.  Then, my mother and I will look at each other and smirk, because every year, my father will have tears in his eyes.  He is proud.  Not for him, because he will never admit that he has done an amazing thing, but it is because he has watched these people grow throughout the years.  He is proud of who they have become, and what accomplishments they have made throughout their time at Robinson Engineering.  This ritual, has taught me so much about life, careers, and family.  Being in a sorority, I know that family does not have to be blood related, because at any given time I know that I have fifty-five sisters at Longwood.  But I never truly understood this until I started paying attention to these rituals.

Back to my father’s advice on taking a job that may not be ideal or easy, but it helps in learning about work ethics.  This is a version of the Looking-Glass-Self.  This is a mental image of oneself that results from taking the role of the other.  By my father saying that he learned how to run his company by being an employee himself at one point, this is taking the role of the other.  He has placed himself in the position of the employee, and then transferred the knowledge that he gained from this experience to his position as the employer now.  He has seen how others would see an employer, and this gave him thoughtful insight in how to treat his employees and run his company.

While looking at the website for the U.S. Small Business Administration, I found some keys that they say are important to growing small businesses.  These include strategic thinking; team working skills, and problem solving.  Upon reading these, I then tried to see how my father’s company incorporates these skills.  The team working skills can easily be seen through the interactions between employees.  They work together to build machines and panels.  The strategic thinking is seen through the designs of my father and his abilities to ensure that these can be carried out through his employees.  And the problem solving is generally something that I am not allowed to be a part of, as it is confidential what happens between his employees and the company if a problem should arise.  However, when my grandfather died, I saw these problem solving skills through a different perspective.

When this happened, I saw the company come together in a way that I could have never imagined.  While it was a very trying time for my immediate family, I saw that it was also hard for the employees as well.  They saw the hurt that my father and family was going through, and this was hard on them.  They cared, and the came together.  Not a single employee was absent from my grandfather’s funeral.  They were there to dry our tears, and offer support.  While this is not a business problem solving skill, I do believe that it speaks volumes to the community of a small business.  And I believe that this goes back to what my father said about treating his employees.

While Robinson Engineering may not be a multi-million dollar corporation, it is still a substantial part of my family’s well-being.  Not only in our source of income, but also in our understanding of the world today.  Through my father’s teachings and actions, I have learned what it takes to be a good professional in today’s world.  It is through his personal stories and experiences that he has shared with me.   Through his use of the Looking-Glass-Self and taking his previous work experience, by viewing an employer from the employee’s eyes, then taking this knowledge and basing his company off of this, this is how I have learned how to communicate.  The sense of community in a small business is strong, and it is through the trials and tribulations that make it this way.

 

Griffin, E., (2008). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

 

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What is in a Metaphor?

A Metaphor is a funny thing.  It can be used throughout many different types of settings.  When used in a communications setting, a metaphor clarifies something that is confusing by equating it with something that seems more familiar.  This is much like how it is used throughout a literary setting.

In many cases, high schoolers have had to read novels or stories that at the time seem tedious and useless, but they have a deeper meaning.  This is when a metaphor comes into play.  In a literary setting, a metaphor is also clarifying something that may seem unfamiliar with something that might be more familiar.  Sylvia Plath was a famous author in American history.  She wrote many poems, but only one book.  Her famous book was entitled The Bell Jar.  This book highlights her life through a narrator.  This is an important book in highlighting metaphors in the history of literature, because the whole book is based off of a metaphor.  The bell jar.  A bell jar is a scientific jar that is used to display fragile objects, and it is also an airless vacuum.  Sylvia Plath believes that she is trapped in a bell jar.  She is strewn with mental illness, and troubled times.  This metaphor is a very deep example.  Plath has taken something familiar (a bell jar) and equated her troubled and confusing life with it.  This then allows the reader to better understand her feelings and emotions.

While in the Communications community, metaphors are often used in studying cultures and societies, in the literature culture it is not used too differently.  They both use a familiar symbol or element to describe the unfamiliar.  This allows people to better understand the unfamiliar.

Through my background as an English major, I have had many experiences with metaphors.  Some are easier to catch than others.  However, Plath’s metaphor of the bell jar has always stuck out to me.  She has taken her mental illness and troubled life, and tied it up in a nice neat metaphor in a bell jar.  Much like in the communication setting, a metaphor is used to evaluate and study different aspects of a culture or organization.  These two different ways of using a metaphor have enabled me to better understand and increase my knowledge of the use of a metaphor.

 

Griffin, E., (2008). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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What do you want to do with your life?

It is extremely hard to pick an ideal career.  For anyone.  Especially someone that has a list of specific skills and likes.  Also, someone that does not want just a career, but something that they love doing.  Something that you can wake up in the morning and be excited to go into work.  Well, that someone is me.  I have always been an indecisive person, but when it comes to career choices, I am dead set on a set of skills, jobs, and tasks that I want to do.  However, this did not come easy.  For the longest time I dreaded family functions, because I knew I would be asked the age old question, “So, what do you want to do after college?”.  I would always answer with a, “Oh, I don’t know”, or, “We will see”.  But then I really started wondering where my life was going and that college was pointless if I did not have a plan.

That’s when I started making lists.  I made lists of things that I would love to do as a professional. I would love to use my analyzing skills, such as analyzing literature or art work.  I do know that these are a very specific set of skills, and that not many professions will cater to these.  I would love to also design and organize.  Ideally, I would llike to design museum exhibits and organize information for a museum.  This is a tricky market, I mean there are only so many museums and libraries in the country, right? And it would be a very difficult thing to actually be able to work there, right?  That’s exactly what I thought until I got my dream internship.  This helped me prepare for the outside world, and it really did help me figure out exactly what I want to do.

At my internship I worked for the Mariner’s Museum Library, it was the best of both worlds.  Being surrounded by books and being in a museum setting.  It was perfect!  The best part was that I got to set up my own exhibit.  I was required to research shipwrecks and catalogue that information.  With the help of the archivists, I put together an exhibit about shipwrecks.  It was one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences of my life.  I then has an idea of what I wanted to do with my life.

Although  my specific skills are narrow, there are actually a good number of professions that I could pursue.  For example, an archivist, librarian, museum technician, and the list goes on.  For some, like the librarian, archivist, and the museum technician I need extensive education and a master’s degree.  Which I would need to do a lot of preparing for, and make good grades.  There is also the job of a library technician .  For this job, a bachelor’s degree is required.  For all of these professions, I will need to be involved in activities on campus, a sorority is a good way to make connections and boost a resume, in addition to finding a great group of friends.  Also, it would be a smart idea to get involved in an academic organization within my major.  All of these will help me to gain the necessary skills and requirements in pursuing my professional endeavors.  I have not decided exactly what to do with my life after college yet, but I feel that these professions are a great way to get started in finding my ideal career.

 

Virginia career view. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.vaview.vt.edu/pro/know-about-careers/career-search

 

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The Author is Dead

Signs are arbitrary.  They gain meaning from oppositional forces.  This is what the text has explained to us on the chapter about semiotics.  There was also a very influential person described in the chapter.  Roland Barthes.  Barthes is a very well-known scholar, and is also known and highly regarded in the literary field as well as Communications.

Being an English major, I have come toe to toe with some of Barthes’ readings and theories.  One that has always suck out with me is his essay entitled The Death of the Author.  In this essay he explains his theory on how an author must theoretically die, in order to write.  This topic is interesting, because in this essay he discusses the author’s meanings.  Barthes writes, “We all know now that a test is not a line of words releasing a single ‘theological’ meaning (the ‘message’ of the Author-God) but a multi-dimensional space in which a variety of writings, none of them original, blend and clash” (Spivak, 2010).  Now what does this mean exactly?  Well, it means that an author’s writing is always compared to another author’s.  And this is one way that meaning can be derived from a work of literature.  The theoretical death of the author is a metaphor for his work not being his own, but that it is within a literary system.  The author does not stand alone, and his work does not gain meaning on it’s own.

This idea from Barthes, in a way, coincides with Semiotics as a whole.  In the text, it is stated that a sign does not stand alone, and it is part of a system.  Well, this is just like Barthes.  Barthes is suggesting that a literary work does not stand alone, but it is part of a system.  Compared and contrasted to others, and thus deriving meaning.

Barthes is discussed in this class, but I believe that his literary approach gives a different persecutive to the theory of Semiotics.  His idea of literature not standing on it’s own and having meaning, but being in a system of other literary works an authors provides a different example of Semiotics.  Just like signs gaining meaning from outside forces, literature gains meaning from outside forces.

 

Griffin, E., (2008). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Spivak, G. (2010). A critique of postcolonial reason (the norton anthology of theory and criticism). (2nd ed. ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

 

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She’s the Man

There have been many variations of the age old phrase, “You never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes”.    This sort of theory has been used in many teaching aspects, as well as many different fables throughout time.  There is a popular movie that has been produced entitled, “She’s the Man”.  This movie is based off of one of Shakespeare’s plays.  In the movie, the main character, who is a girl, dresses as her brother in order to play soccer.  Now, this may not seem like a profound example of the looking glass self or taking the role of the other, but all of the elements are there.

As stated in the text book, A First Look At Communication Theory, a quote from a famous novel is used.  The quote is from the book To Kill A Mockingbird, and it reads, “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. This quote has been stated as the perfect encryption of taking the role of the other.  Learning about another person by placing yourself in their position.  This allows the reader to place themselves in the position of the other, not only to gain insight on their life, but also to learn more about themselves in the process.  They also learn how to communicate better with others, just like in the movie “She’s the Man”.

In the movie, the female main character learns about herself and her surroundings.  She is able to base her actions off of the men around her, and is then able to carry these traits back over to when she is dressed as a female.  She takes the role of the other for her own personal gain, but at the end she sees that there is more to a person that what is on the outside.  She is able to gain insight to other people’s lives, and then use this information to improve on herself.  Her experience allows her to learn to better communicate with others.  She learns that the key to communication is honesty.

This movie is a modern day example of taking the role of the other.  Walking in another’s shoes, and seeing the world through their eyes.  The main character gains an understanding of the other people in her life, and is able to change her ways based on how the world may see her.  The ability to see through another’s eyes is not easily done, and it is not always possible.  However, when it can be done, it is a life altering experience.  One is able to gain insight on themselves and others.  This process also allows them to better communicate with the world around them.

 

Griffin, E., (2008). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

 

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She’s the Man

There have been many variations of the age old phrase, “You never really know a person until you walk a mile in their shoes”.    This sort of theory has been used in many teaching aspects, as well as many different fables throughout time.  As stated in the text book, A First Look At Communication Theory, a quote from a famous novel is used.  The quote is from the book To Kill A Mockingbird, and it reads, “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them”. This quote has been stated as the perfect encryption of taking the role of the other.  Learning about another person by placing yourself in their position.

This allows the reader to place themselves in the position of the other, not only to gain insight on their life, but also to learn more about themselves in the process.  There is a popular movie that has been produced entitled, “She’s the Man”.  This movie is based off of one of Shakespeare’s plays.  In the movie, the main character, who is a girl, dresses as her brother in order to play soccer.  Now, this may not seem like a profound example of the looking glass self or taking the role of the other, but all of the elements are there.

In the movie, the female main character learns about herself and her surroundings.  She is able to base her actions off of the men around her, and is then able to carry these traits back over to when she is dressed as a female.  She takes the role of the other for her own personal gain, but at the end she sees that there is more to a person that what is on the outside.  She is able to gain insight to other people’s lives, and then use this information to improve on herself.

This movie is a modern day example of taking the role of the other.  Walking in another’s shoes, and seeing the world through their eyes.  The main character gains an understanding of the other people in her life, and is able to change her ways based on how the world may see her.

 

Griffin, E., (2008). A First Look at Communication Theory. 7th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

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About Emma Robinson

My name is Emma Robinson, and I am a senior at Longwood University.  Throughout my years at Longwood I have been an English Major and I have recently added a Communication Studies minor.  Originally, I am from Yorktown, Virginia, but now I currently reside in Farmville, Virginia.  I am a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and I am actively involved in many philanthropic events around campus.

I have had some interesting experiences with communicating, but my favorite experience was communicating in a museum setting.  Over the past winter break, I interned at the Mariner’s Museum Library in Newport News, Virginia.  I was put in charge of creating an exhibit on shipwrecks.  I also had to catalogue and organize old newspaper articles on ship wrecks.  This exhibit was on display for the entire museum and it’s patrons, and I had to make sure that it could be clearly understood.  This experience is what has prompted me to become a Communication Studies minor, because I would like to expand my learning and ability to clearly communicate, as well as understand the strategies that are involved in communicating throughout the professional world.

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What do those letters mean?

To many, sororities’ are viewed as a stereotypical group of girls that love parties, clothing, and boys.  But is that really what a sorority consists of?  For almost three years now I have been a member of Sigma Kappa sorority, and I have come to find that not everything is what it seems.  Upon coming to college I had a certain view of sororities, the stereotypical one, and I thought that everything they did was party like in the movie Animal House.  This is not the case.

After I went to a few open houses for various sororities, I saw that the organizations consist of many different components.  There is the intellectual aspect, social, and ritual.  Now these are not all the things that make up a sorority, but they are the three core values that every organization shares.  For example, Sigma Kappa’s colors are lavender and maroon, we have certain GPA requirements, hand signs, and chants that we do.  But this is not just us, because every Greek organizations has some form of this.  But what makes us different?  Well, each organization has certain symbolism behind these hand signs and chants.

A sorority is a distinct culture.  Within this culture there is a hierarchy and an order in which things take place.  There’s a president, vice president, and many other positions of power.  They are responsible for carrying out motions and delegating.  Other members serve the chapter by doing community service, going to chapter and campus events, and keeping a good GPA.  These are the workings within the culture, and the colors and symbols represent this.  Greek letters are not just a random arrangement of letters.  They have meaning behind them, and it is all the above that the letters represent.  It is the hierarchy, the service, and the members.

There is also a certain language that is used within the Greek community.  There are words and phrases that are used to indicate events.  Pan-Hellenic events are events that take place between Greek organizations.  There are chapter headquarters and philanthropies.  All of these are a part of the Greek community.  If one were to dive into a Greek organization, they would observe these aspects.  They would hear the vernacular, and observe the hierarchy.

This is where Symbolic Interactionism comes into play.  It is the communication through symbols.  For example, whenever I see the colors lavender and maroon, my mind automatically goes to Sigma Kappa.  The chants, the mottos, and the symbols all represent something.  For example, Sigma Kappa’s motto is, “One Heart, One Way”.  This is an interesting motto.  What exactly does it mean?  To me, it means that we are all connected, and we all have a similar set of beliefs and values.  We are committed to a common goal of bettering ourselves and the community around us.  When a person sees the letters Sigma Kappa, I want them to think about this and everything we represent and value.

This topic is important to examine, because Greek life is very prominent on Longwood’s campus.  To outsiders, it may seem silly and not make a whole lot of sense, but this is why it is important to explain more about the culture.  There are many people that may say that sororities and fraternities are just a way of buying your friends.  However, this statement could not be more wrong.  Dues that members pay go to national chapters, fundraisers, and upkeep of the chapter room.  Yes, you do pay dues, but this does not just garauntee you friends for life.  You have to work to maintain relationships, grades, and service to the community.  For me, it is important to explain these things, because I do not like the stereotypes about Greeks.

Let’s go back to the symbols.  As said before, every organization has different colors and signs.  But what makes them unique is the connotation behind these signs.  The signifier and signified.  The colors are the signifier, and the organization it represents is the signified.

The theory of symbolism and Symbolic Interactionism help to better understand Sigma Kappa and other Greek organizations.  Instead of seeing random hand signs or colors, think of the reason behind them.  Also, think of why these organizations use these signs and colors.  When a person sees these, they think of the organization.  These are ways to represent Greek life and the organizations within it.  Instead of grouping all Greeks into the same category, these signs and colors make them unique and their own.  Without these signs and colors, there would be no difference between any of the organizations.  All Greeks represent different philanthropies and values, but they also all value education and service.

The importance of the different colors and signs cannot be stressed enough.  However, to an outside observer, it may not be important.  Most people will not know exactly what they represent.  This is why I feel it is important to get the word out.  People outside of the Greek community may not know what they mean, but people within the community do.  Over the years I have heard many sayings about Greek life, both good and bad.  But one that has always stuck out to me was this, “When you’re one the outside you don’t understand it, but on the inside you can’t explain it”.  I don’t exactly remember where I heard this, but it has always stuck out to me.

The signs and symbols are a sort of way for an organization to explain what they are, but it is not easy to do this.  On the outside we are represented by these signs and symbols, but it is not exactly easy to explain definitely what a sorority is.  That is the meaning of the quote.  From the outside, you see these signs and symbols, and don’t exactly know what they mean, but once you are on the inside it is extremely difficult to pinpoint what they mean.  However, it is the set of values and beliefs that an organization shares that these signs may represent.  This is the meaning of the letters.

In short, a sorority can be described as a group of women with a set of core values that they embody, and strive to make themselves and the community better.  But in long, it cannot distinctly be defined.  The letters and colors symbolize the different organizations, and their values.  But there is much more to it than that.  The rituals that are sacred, and other things that cannot fully be explained.  It would be difficult to fully explain it, but the colors and signs do a good job of representing the organizations.  There is much more to a sorority than the stereotypes, and it is important to make this known.

 

 

Griffin, E. (2009). A first look at communication theory. (Seventh ed., Vol. 7). New York: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages.

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Gender as a performance act.

Gender is all an act.  Biology does not define what one’s gender is or isn’t.  This is what Judith Butler believes.  Gender is all a matter of performance acts, and how one acts is what defines a gender.  Then, how does this effect the standpoint of one, if they are acting out their gender to begin with?

Butler’s theory somewhat embodies the standpoint theory as explained by Harding and Wood.  They argue that society has a definite effect on what we know and experience, and also how we communicate with the world around us.  Butler believes in the same idea.  Gender is a result of what we know as “natural” in society.  One of her famous examples is a drag queen.  

What Gender is a drag queen? Well, from the outside, it appears to be a female.  But why is this? Butler believes that we think this because of the society that we live in.  The person is dressed like a female and acts like a female, so it must be a female.  This is the idea of Butler’s theory.  It is a performance act, and the person is acting like a female.  Butler believes that biology has no effect on gender, and that true gender is derived from the world around us and how we view it.

This is where the standpoint theory comes into play.  The idea of a standpoint is a place that we may view the world around us.  Well, according to Butler, a person has viewed the world around them, and then acted upon the gender that they believe to be.  Thus, this is how gender is formed.  Biology does not come into play, but rather it is the societal influences that create how a person perceives gender.

Butler’s idea of gender as a performance act can effect how we view the theory of a standpoint.  By performing the gender that we feel that we are, we are displaying our culture’s views.  We may wear make up, dresses, and high heels, because we are a female and that is what females do.  On the other hand, we may wear jeans, a baseball cap, and a t-shirt, because we feel that’s what boys do.  These are all based on our standpoint on society.  According to Butler, we act what we think gender should be.  And how we act displays what our gender is.  And we derive this act from our standpoint on society.

 

Felluga, Dino. “Modules on Butler: On Gender and Sex.” Introductory Guide to CriticalTheory. <http://www.purdue.edu/guidetotheory/genderandsex/modules/butlergendersex.htm

Griffin, E. (2009). A first look at communication theory. (Seventh ed., Vol. 7). New York: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages.

 

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What do you want to do with your life?

It is extremely hard to pick an ideal career.  For anyone.  Especially someone that has a list of specific skills and likes.  Also, someone that does not want just a career, but something that they love doing.  Something that you can wake up in the morning and be excited to go into work.  Well, that someone is me.  I have always been an indecisive person, but when it comes to career choices, I am dead set on a set of skills, jobs, and tasks that I want to do.  However, this did not come easy.  For the longest time I dreaded family functions, because I knew I would be asked the age old question, “So, what do you want to do after college?”.  I would always answer with a, “Oh, I don’t know”, or, “We will see”.  But then I really started wondering where my life was going and if college was pointless if I did not have a plan.

That’s when I started making lists.  I made lists of things that I would love to do as a professional. I would love to use my analyzing skills, such as analyzing literature or art work.  I do know that these are a very specific set of skills, and that not many professions will cater to these.  I would love to also design and organize.  Ideally, I would llike to design museum exhibits and organize information for a museum.  This is a tricky market, I mean there are only so many museums and libraries in the country, right? And it would be a very difficult thing to actually be able to work there, right?  That’s exactly what I thought until I got my dream internship.  This helped me prepare for the outside world, and it really did help me figure out exactly what I want to do.

At my internship I worked for the Mariner’s Museum Library, it was the best of both worlds.  Being surrounded by books and being in a museum setting.  It was perfect!  The best part was that I got to set up my own exhibit.  I was required to research shipwrecks and catalogue that information.  With the help of the archivists, I put together an exhibit about shipwrecks.  It was one of the most rewarding and eye opening experiences of my life.  I then has an idea of what I wanted to do with my life.

Although  my specific skills are narrow, there are actually a good number of professions that I could do.  For example, an archivist, librarian, museum technician, and the list goes on.  For some, like the librarian, archivist, and the museum technician I need extensive education and a master’s degree.  Which I would need to do a lot of preparing for, and make good grades.  There is also the job of a library technician .  For this job, a bachelor’s degree is required.  And pending some extreme circumstances, I will have by the time I am done with Longwood.  For all of these professions, I will need to be involved in activities on campus, a sorority is a good way to make connections and boost a resume, in addition to finding a great group of friends.  Also, it would be a smart idea to get involved in an academic organization within my major.  All of these will help me to gain the necessary skills and requirements in pursuing my professional endeavors.

 

Virginia career view. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.vaview.vt.edu/pro/know-about-careers/career-search

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