In March, the Department of Communication Studies hosted 36 admitted graduate students to meet the faculty, staff, and current graduate students at our annual recruitment campus visit. This year’s event was entirely virtual and over Zoom.
We invited the admitted students to Get Hooked In and “visit us” on March 1-2, 2021. Virtual events included one-on-one meetings with faculty members, current graduate student breakout sessions, a chance to attend graduate courses and more. The highlight for many students was the chance to talk to other students about what it is like to move to Austin, ask questions about UT, and get the contact information of someone to follow up with at a later date. We even took attendees on a “Virtual Walking Tour” by showing a video of current graduate students talking about their favorite places on the UT campus. One student even took some video footage while biking around campus.
Students attending seemed to really value the event. Sydney Poretsky, who will be joining the Ph.D. program in the fall in the rhetoric and language area, said “Thank you so much for a great couple of days welcoming us to UT. I learned so much and I am definitely even more excited to join the Moody family in the fall!” Yohanna Tesfai, an incoming Ph.D. student in organizational communication and technology, added “Thank you so much! I am so very thrilled to be joining the Communication Department.” Jonathan Espinoza, who will also join the Ph.D. program in the fall in the rhetoric and language area, said “Thanks for all the information during the Zoom sessions, I'm looking forward to my studies at UT.”
The event was hosted by Anne Bormann, Graduate Program Coordinator and René Dailey, Graduate Advisor for The Department of Communication Studies. Congratulations to the diverse, talented and inquisitive group of students who attended this event. It was wonderful to welcome these students to The University of Texas at Austin and learn more about their background and goals for the field of Communication Studies.