How I Connected With My Online Classmates


Amanda Tran, Student & Alumni

The first day of school can be one of the most exciting and nerve wracking memories for a kid. The opening of brand new school supplies and textbooks, having the most fun summer adventure stories to share with your friends, and the nerves that come with meeting new classmates and teachers are just a few of the things that you would expect from a first day of school.

Building Relationships Online with a MS in Communication Program

You are likely thinking, “how this is even relevant in an online program where we don’t ever encounter our classmates in person?”

In my first year of Purdue’s online Master of Science in Communication program I have worked with:

  • Recent grads
  • Seasoned communication and public relations professionals
  • Military veterans
  • Artists
  • Professional athletes
  • People of all academic disciplines.

In grade school and for the majority of traditional undergraduate students where you are in classes with people that are the same age, all of your classmates have gone through similar life experiences up to this point and you are all learning at relatively the same starting point. In the MS in Communications program, you interact with people from all walks of life, professions, cultures, academic backgrounds, and personal interests. The program is great in the way that you get to work with new classmates in every course, but also every now and then have some familiar faces and names to reconnect with throughout the program.

Building Communication Skills for Successful Careers

We live in a fast world where technology advancements and new applications are becoming relevant every minute, and with an online education experience, I believe that what and how we are learning and interacting with our cohorts will transfer seamlessly into whatever communication-based role we take on next in our careers - not to mention the built-in academic and professional networking that happens in the class forums and group projects!

So while the Purdue Communications Masters online faculty are some of the most knowledgeable, supportive, and renowned faculty I have encountered in higher education, keep in mind that your cohorts in this program will be some of the most intriguing, diverse and intuitive people that you will work with. Not only will you learn with these people, you will learn from them and their unique perspectives.

Find out more about advancing your career with a Master of Science in Communication with Purdue University online. Request more information or call 877-497-5851.

*The views and opinions expressed are of the author and do not represent the Brian Lamb School of Communication.