By: Brittani Hunter
If you're already part of the Queens University of Charlotte community, then consider yourself lucky. There are endless learning opportunities for you to indulge in. Knight School of Communication students are taking advantage of learning outlets outside of the classroom. This application of learned material to "real life" situations prepares students for life outside of college. Clubs and organizations serve as external sources of learning for Queens students.
Joining a club or organization on campus gives students a jumpstart when searching for jobs or internships.
Inside the classrooms in the Knight School of Communication, students challenge themselves to learn new concepts related to their courses. The learning certainly doesn't stop there, however. Different clubs and organizations in the Queens community create opportunities for students to join their peers, faculty, and community members to work towards a beneficial goal.
The Martin Luther King Committee, in particular, consists of a group of Queens students and faculty members who raise awareness of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. They create and host an annual MLK fun day on campus for Right Moves for Youth students. Other students and faculty on campus volunteer their time to show the kids around campus, to escort them to different activities, and just to join in on the fun. Though Queens doesn't hold school on MLK day, it's great to see volunteers who actively participate in this fun day of service to the community.
Within the committee, some groups focus on internal and external publicity while others focus on graphic design and event planning. Accomplished Queens student, William Ward is a junior currently majoring in Organizational Communication and minoring in marketing. Ward played an important part in helping to create the MLK committee. As a member of the external publicity group, he had the opportunity to go out into the community and to promote the MLK celebration.
Ward specifically recalls a lecture on nonverbal communication from his Communication Theory class.
"I was able to pick up on the flow of the day by observing the [Right Moves for Youth] students' nonverbal cues. From there, I made changes in areas when needed in order to help the day flow smoothly."
When asked how things learned in the classroom apply to real world application, Ward responded, "As a member of the committee, I was able to organize, plan, and to execute. We all come to college to prepare ourselves for the future." He also spoke of the great networking opportunities that arose from the event, adding that "you really had to look at things from a business mindset."
In all, Ward enjoys "being able to give back to the community." "No matter what our circumstances are, we can always share our experiences."
Queens organizations provide opportunities to expand knowledge outside of the classroom. As students in the Knight School of Communication continue to learn both in classroom settings and in real life situations, they continue to thrive.
The Martin Luther King Committee, in particular, consists of a group of Queens students and faculty members who raise awareness of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. They create and host an annual MLK fun day on campus. Right Moves for youth middle school and high school students are invited to share the fun learning experience.
Brittani Hunter 12' is an organizational communication major and business minor. She is a member of Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society in the Knight School of Communication.