Author: Jennifer Merzdorf, Alumni Online MS in Communications, 2015
Eagerly you begin your trip, confident you will reach your destination smoothly. And usually, you do. Every once in a while, though, you take a wrong turn and need to ask for directions. Isn’t it great to find a helpful person to get you back on the road?
In the journey through the Online Master of Science in Communication, you will also find you need to ask for directions along the way. When you do, Purdue has the resources to help you successfully stay on track.
Faculty and Advisors
Through timely emails, online videos, lively discussions, help with course registration and the plan of study, your course instructors and advisors are right there with you! They can answer any questions you have related to class content, assignments, or the degree program itself.
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) is your go-to source for writing resources and instructional materials. From citing references in the correct format to creating a top-notch resume, you’ll feel like OWL is your own personal editor! Be sure to check out the Media File Index, where you can access recorded workshops, PowerPoints, sample papers, and more.
When you need the perfect source for a paper, discussion board, or any class project, Purdue Libraries is the first place to look. Online journal articles, reserved course materials, interlibrary loan, archived collections, and other resources can be accessed from the Libraries website – all remotely!
Office of the Bursar and Division of Financial Aid
Navigating through the logistics of paying for your Master’s degree is simplified by the clear directions provided each step of the way. Purdue’s Office of the Bursar and Division of Financial Aid deliver easy-to-understand invoices and information on the variety of ways to pay, ranging from online payments and financial aid, to convenient installment plans.
If you need directions to find the right solution for your individual situation, Purdue has an array of resources in place to help you succeed. Earning your Online Master of Science in Communication is definitely a journey you will not take alone!
Jennifer Merzdorf is an alumni of Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication degree program. The program can be completed in just 20 months and covers numerous topics critical for advancement in the communication industry, including crisis communication, social media engagement, focus group planning and implementation, survey design and survey analysis, public relations theory, professional writing, and communication ethics.
About the Author
Jennifer Merzdorf began as Marketing and Communication Specialist in Environmental & Ecological Engineering and Nuclear Engineering at Purdue University in July 2016. In this role, Jennifer is responsible for developing, implementing, and managing a communication plan for both programs, as well as acting as the central point of organized communication for internal and external audiences. Her background is in communication in a variety of settings, from higher education to commercial print production.
Previously in Enrollment Management Communications in the Office of Admissions at Purdue, Jennifer was Production Manager, where she managed and developed production and distribution schedules for undergraduate recruitment communication, including electronic and print formats.
Jennifer completed her M.S. in Communication from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue in December 2015. She is currently enrolled in the Project Management Essentials course offered through Engineering Professional Education at Purdue.
In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, walking the trails around West Lafayette, taking photos, and reading.
*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.