While I have witnessed multiple communication theories throughout the duration of my internship, two were heavily prevalent during this experience as a whole. The first communication theory that I observed was the expectancy violation theory. This theory analyzes how individuals respond to expectation violations and sudden, unexpected changes in social normalities. I noticed this theory early on during my internship. It occurred most when making donor thank you phone calls. Even though I have made important, professional phone calls during past jobs, this is the first time I have contacted dignitaries and extremely generous donors and thanked them for their participation in making Longwood University a better place. Sometimes, I found myself expecting the phone calls to be mutually energetic and positive. However, occasionally, there were times where my expectation did not match the reality of the situation. While I remained positive on the phone, some individuals are not always as kind on the phone as you expect them to be. I considered these misunderstandings though, because the message along with tone can be easily misinterpreted over the phone. This realization made making phone calls a lot less nerve racking. The second communication theory that I observed was the social identity theory. When making donor thank you phone calls, I always identify myself by my full name, my office title and the office that I am associated with, being the Office of Institutional Advancement. This, in a sense, has brought me closer to Longwood and has allowed me to identify with a new group of individuals. This is my first, on campus, social tie to the University. While working on a Thanksgiving themed Thank View video, I gathered very brief video segments from random students around campus. I greeted each student or group of students in a friendly manner by telling them the office I was associated with and what my goal for them was. I felt proud to represent the Office of Institutional Advancement in such a unique way. My social identity has shifted from student to intern and I am thankful for the opportunities it has brought my way.
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My name is Carson James Blackwood and I go to Longwood University as an animation major. I am currently a junior about to be a senior. I has always enjoyed drawing as a kid but never put any passion into it until late high school. My main focus is in storyboards and character design. My main focuses are on dark comedy in animation, since it is something that isn’t produced often in this field.
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