Experiential Learning at SDSU

Writing for Transformations

Back, from left: John Green, Seth Conley, Kelsey Holland, Kyle Barber and Ben Stout. Front: Pazlie Hagedorn, Megan Jordre, Sarah Christenson and Jenna Croymans. Not pictured were Julie Klimavicz and Jordan Smith.

Back, from left: John Green, Seth Conley, Kelsey Holland, Kyle Barber and Ben Stout. Front: Pazlie Hagedorn, Megan Jordre, Sarah Christenson and Jenna Croymans. Not pictured were Julie Klimavicz and Jordan Smith.

For the past two years, students in Public Relations in a University Setting class wrote many of the stories that appeared in this Transformations magazine. The course, offered by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication and, with a lot of help from University Marketing and Communications, is an example of experiential learning in action within the College of Arts and Sciences.  Students enrolled in the course work alongside professionals in the field to improve news writing skills, to develop effective interviewing techniques and to create stories for this annual publication.

This year, 11 students—Kyle Barber, Sarah Christensen, Seth Conley, Jenna Croymans, John Green, Pazlie Hagedorn, Kelsey Holland, Megan Jordre, Julie Klimavicz, Jordan Smith and Ben Stout—contributed to the publication.

This is but one example of how students at a land-grant institution use hands-on experiences to develop skills that will be beneficial as they enter careers in their field of choice.

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