First Day Survey

  1. What is your name, class standing (first-year, sophomore, junior, senior), Hometown, State.

Shania McGee, Junior, Jonesboro, AR.

  1.  What communication courses have you taken previously? If not at AState, at what school?

This is my first communication course, i’m excited to see what you’ve got in store for us.

  1. Why are you taking this course? What do you expect to learn? What do you feel is important in this course? What makes a good student? What makes a good instructor? Expected grade.

To further my education in Communication Studies. I expect to learn how the media drives the world and honestly, better communication methods pertaining to mass groups of people. I think being comfortable while learning is the most important part, feeling comfortable enough to have class discussions as well as getting to know one another. Drive and consistency, in my opinion, make up a good student. Patience and willingness to teach makes a great instructor. Whatever my hardest attempt gets me.

  1. What’s your motivation?
    • Deep Learner — you want to master the subject and understand it completely.
    • Competitor — you want the chance to do better than anyone else.
    • Performance Avoider — you want to avoid failure

Deep learner, definitely.

  1. What kind of learner are you?
    • Received Knower — check the experts for the right answer then memorize.
    • Subjective Knower — use feelings to make judgment, i.e. an idea is right if it feels right.
    • Procedural Knower — you learn to ‘play the game’ of the discipline.
    • Commitment Knower — you want to become independent, critical and creative thinker because you value the ideas and the ways of thinking that you’re exposed to, and you plan to try to use them.

I believe that I am 100% a Subjective learner, if it doesn’t feel right morally or emotionally to me, I won’t be able to react accordingly.

  1. When do you anticipate graduating? Do you plan to attend graduate school for a master’s or doctorate?

I am currently on schedule for December 2018 as my graduation date, and no. I do not wish to attend graduate school at this time.

  1. How busy are you, i.e. do you belong to a campus organization? Do you have a full- or part-time job? Is it the kind of job you’ll still want in 10 years? If not, what kind of job would that be?

I do not belong to a campus organization, however I am a full-time student and waitress, and I don’t know if you’ve ever waited tables before but surprisingly, it’s a very demanding job. NO. I would HOPE that I am not still slinging steaks in 10 years. That is a question that I get every day and honestly, I haven’t found my “knack” just yet. I would love to do something along the lines or language translations or even flipping houses (as off the wall as that may seem.) ((no pun intended) At the moment, i’m not 100% sure as I’m just 19 years old, but we’ll see.

  1. Describe your media use:
    • the last good movie you watched and why?
    • where did you get your last two pieces of music — WalMart, iTunes, Limewire, Frostwire, Amazon, Napster, Rhapsody, LastFM — and what were they?
    • the two most memorable books you’ve read and what makes them so.
    • the newspaper or magazine you most admire and why.

-You’re Next. It’s a horror film, fairly new, but I loved it because it actually kept me on my toes the entire time and as a lover of all things gory, that’s hard to do.

-Apple Music, they are Raised On It by Sam Hunt and Tennessee Whiskey by Chris Stapleton that a friend originally showed me. I thought Limewire was no longer available?

-I don’t read novels much, I do, however, read a bit of modern day poetry. Both books Black Butterfly and Beautiful and Damned are by Robert M. Drake. I love his work because at times I feel that he can put his intense emotions into words when I can’t find my own.

-Ebony magazine, being a woman of colour myself, it’s just really nice to be able to see something so positive and read such uplifting stories about other women who share the same similarities as myself.

  1. Rate your Internet skills on a 1-to-10 scale with 10 meaning completely familiar. When did you first encounter the ‘net? How do you access it now? What’s your email address (i.e. yours, not your roommate’s, parent’s or significant other’s)? What’s your personal Web address? Why do you use Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, MySpace, aol?

-7.5. I was about nine or ten years old. I access it everywhere: home, school, cafes, the gym, at my fingertips. My email address is: Personal: I only have snapchat as my only form of social media and I use it to stay in touch with friends who do not have cell phones, but only ipods and such.

  1. Personal strengths and opportunities for improvement. What goals do you expect to have accomplished in 10 years?

-I’d like to think that I am very friendly, however I need to work on speaking my personal opinions even if they may differ from the next person. I hope to be finanically dependent and happy. I aspire to have a grow a family that supports each other in any and everything we/they wish to do.

  1. You’ve got $50 to spend for two weeks of groceries; what do you buy? why?

-Soups, bread, cheese, lots of bananas, onion, tomatoes, eggs and almond milk. I think I can cook quite a bit with those few items.

  1. Conclude your essay with one perfect English sentence that includes the word “love.”

-A feeling that can’t be put into words, yet is universal.


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