Continuing education in communication
After graduating from the Knight School of Communication's Master of Arts in Organizational and Strategic Communication program, Rick Curry began teaching at Queens as Student Media Advisor. While working with the Queens Chronicle, he also began the process of furthering his academic future.
"I never imagined when I started the Masters program in Organizational and Strategic Communication at Queens in 2009 that it would change the trajectory of my life. I went from a banker who enjoyed the finer things in life, to an individual willing to give it all up in hopes of living a life with more meaning and a greater sense of purpose. At Queens, I was able to grow in a safe, yet challenging environment.... one that would ultimately allow me to challenge the constraints of how I viewed my own personal identity.
I decided halfway through the program that, after graduation, I wanted to pursue a Ph.D. and become a college professor. My endeavors were immediately supported by the faculty and staff, as they not only encouraged me, but guided me through the arduous process of identifying my future goals and applying to like-minded Ph.D. programs.
Author Marva Collins says, 'Success doesn't come to you, you go to it.' That's why I chose Queens, and Queens held true to its motto, 'Not to be served, but to serve.' Each of the faculty and students in the OCOM program played a part in the progression of my personal journey, and for that, I am truly thankful.
As an educator in the realm of communication, I hope to give back to others in the same way Queen's gave to me -- using what I have learned here to help students discern and better understand the strong role that communication plays in our lives, ultimately helping them to live as a more fulfilled, authentic self."
Rick will begin the College of Communication and Information Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee in August 2010.