Learning That I “Can” in the Master of Communication Program

Allison Parker

Allison Parker, Student & Alumni

You’ve probably heard the saying: you don’t know what you can do until you try. It’s true.

I try to teach that to my children, I use it to prompt my coworkers, I say it to encourage my friends, and then one day, I listened to myself. And I took my advice. I made the call, I filled out the application, I wrote the necessary essays, I paid the fee, I even took a test which I had to really study for because it’s been a long time since I’ve been in school.  I did all of that, kind of in a dream-sort-of-state. I don’t think I ever convinced myself this was really happening because I wasn’t sure if I could do it.

But then, I did it.  And you know what? I found out that I could. And I found out it was fun, and interesting and educational, and inspiring and just what I needed.  I tried it, and I found out I could do it and I did it well.

I stepped out of my comfort zone. I went to graduate school, online, in the middle of my crazy, busy life. I didn’t know if I could do it. I didn’t know if I was smart enough, dedicated enough or had enough time, but I wouldn’t know, unless I tried. So I tried, and I did it.

Through the course of the communications graduate program, I learned a lot. My eyes were opened to a whole new world. I learned things that I was able to put into practice in my job immediately. I gained invaluable resources that will continue to help me throughout the course of my career. I learned that there is a whole industry of people doing what I try to do every day for my company.

But the most important thing I have learned as a student in the online Master of Communication program, is that I can. And I never would have learned that, if I hadn’t tried.

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Allison Parker is a student in 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.

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