Communication Studies Blog

Student-authored articles on current communication research

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No Longer the Coffee Runner

By: Carolina Maggio, Edited by: Renee Schroeder “We’ll have a grande caramel macchiato, two vanilla bean frappuccinos, and one venti dark roast with two packets of Splenda.” Entertainment constantly portray interns as frantically trying to remember long, complicated Starbucks orders for everyone in the office. While interns in the movies are tasked with balancing drink …

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Tightrope: Walking as a Woman in the Workplace

By: Molly Shea, Edited by: Renee Schroeder Two narratives about women’s assertiveness in the workplace are floating around: “Women should just be more assertive” and “assertiveness is a double-edged sword for women.”  Which is it? Or is it both? What is assertiveness anyway? While it may seem like women will entirely benefit from being more …

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Return to Sender!

By: Abby Stevenson; Edited By: Renee Schroeder Throughout your life, you will inevitably be faced with difficult conversations that range from breaking up with someone, to being hired for your first job, or explaining your side in an argument. When it comes to technology, I rarely think about having these tough conversations from behind a …

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Insta-Gratification

By: Anna Bliss Dean, Edited by: Renee Schroeder Posted. Now, the anxious wait for your phone screen to light up. The likes and comments of friends, offering confirmation that the photo is beautiful, creative, funny, or entertaining. This is something that we all endure every time we post a photo on Instagram. The purpose of …

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Eight-Ball: Unexpected Tensions

By: Khristian Vickers, Edited By: Renee Schroeder All my life I’ve grown up very privileged and I am grateful for the life my parents have provided for me. As an African-American male, I have survived and overcome many stigmas that could’ve weighed me down. However, the school system that provided me with the opportunity to …

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Can I Get a Connection?

By: Caroline Elliott, Edited by: Jack Tucker Tension arises in relationships all the time. In fact, it’s pretty much inevitable. Whether tension involves making time for each other, putting effort into a relationship or cell phone usage, it doesn’t always mean that the relationship is headed downhill. If you’ve been struggling with these things, you’re …

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Catching Your Breath

By: Carly Mitchell Edited By: Megan Montgomery My iPhone: a convenient, pocket-sized computer that is simultaneously the bane of my existence and my savior. At times I find myself getting lost in the texts, emails and social media notifications to a point of mental exhaustion, making it a necessity for me to set aside time …

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Fighting Through Our Phones

By: Renee Schroeder, Edited by: Jack Tucker “Can we talk about this in person?” This is a question that I’ve typed many times. Throughout middle school, high school, and now even college, I’ve tried my best to handle arguments over text countless times. Even when I’ve replied by asking to talk in person, arguments seem to …

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Fathers and Sons

Written by: Abbey Grace Green  Edited by: Megan Montgomery My iPhone is constantly lighting up with Snapchat notifications for a group chat called Fathers and Sons. This group chat includes three of my best girlfriends and myself. Why Fathers and Sons?  These girls are my family and we take care of each other as fathers …

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A Good Start

By: Matthew McCloy, Edited by: Jack Tucker Can you recall a time when you felt good about the impression you left with someone? In a competitive and booming city like Nashville, making the right first impression is crucial. As my dad says, “Remember, a firm handshake and make eye contact.” I may brush it off …

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