There is no better time than now to be a media scholar. I am not only interested in how media has changed but in all of the new mediums both current and future.
I have been both challenged and encouraged by every instructor and fellow student that I have met in this department. Learning in an environment that encourages critical thinking and values creative ideas made this experience valuable.
I have accomplished more than I thought possible. Making the Dean's List each semester and being selected to participate in the Comm Honors Research Project are key accomplishments that I'm especially honored by.
I must first thank Dr. Catherine Wright for being a great advisor, cheerleader, teacher, and friend. But I would have never found what I truly enjoy doing without Dr. Tim Gibson. After that first Media Theory class I knew what I wanted to study. As a teacher he placed importance in the success of learning and understanding while always bringing new content and methods to each class that challenged and inspired me. I learned so much from all of my teachers here at George Mason and I thank you all.
I would tell a new student to make the most of this experience. Try new experiences and study things you have always wanted to know more about. It is never too late to find your path!
Never has there been a more critical time to understand how media functions as it delivers information to a world faced with uncertainty and change. Isolation has reminded us all how critical it is for information to be truthful and delivered with responsibility. I hope to take what I have learned here at George Mason and find a job that allows me to continue researching areas of media that are ever changing.