About Jenna Ross

22 year old Communications student and lover of dogs and all things nature/travel.

Connect Your Way to Success: A Strategic Event Plan

Two years ago, my dad joined the Metro Bethesda Rotary (mBr) club. Since then, he has acquired a position on the club’s board, as Chair of the Membership Committee. I have attended several meetings and services events as a guest of his, and during one of these meetings, I got to talk to some members about how they feel regarding younger members and their club. The mBr club has over 60 active members, and of these, only 7 are under the age of 30. That’s less than 20% of the club! I knew immediately that I wanted to do something to help. This organization was really beneficial, and millennials were clearly  missing the message. Continue reading

Baby, it’s Cold Outside – Bundle Up! With #ShepComm

Winter is here and the Shepherd Communications department could not be more thrilled.

School is out and laying around all day doing (almost) nothing is on the agenda, what more could you want? We know how to spend our break the right way, and if you’re looking for some tips on how to stay comfy and cozy…look no further! Check out how the awesome members of our department spend their holiday break. Continue reading

And…That’s a Wrap! Fall 2016 Capstone Presentations are Finally Finished!

If you are a communication major, you work your entire college career preparing for your senior capstone presentation. These presentations are projects based on what you have learned during your time within the communication department, highlighting a specific set of skills you may have acquired or be interested in. Continue reading

What’s it Like to be a Comm Student?

Lauren Barber is a December 2016 graduate.

Lauren Barber is a December 2016 graduate.

With December just around the corner, many Shepherd University students are preparing to say their farewells as they bring their time at the university to an end. One of our very own communication department students, Lauren Barber, is among those who will graduate come the end of the fall 2016 semester. I had the pleasure of talking with Lauren about her time at Shepherd in the Department of Communication, as well as her plans for when she leaves.

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What’s Cooking? Comm Students’ Favorite Fall Recipes!

It’s finally fall! And we’re all getting into the swing of the season, changing our wardrobes and bundling up next to cozy fireplaces with a hot cup of cocoa (or, if you’re like me, coffee). Tis’ the season to eat your heart out and totally not regret it. We asked our Communication Department students what their favorite recipes were, and we’re loving what they’ve told us!

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5 Ways to Stay Motivated After Midterms

If you’re like me, your motivation seems to always dwindle right around the time midterms come to an end. You’ve worked hard up to this point and you’re counting the days until Winter Break. But wait! Don’t give up! You’re halfway there! Here are 5 awesome ways to keep that motivation sparked even after midterms have passed (and enjoy doing so).

1. Keep a List of ‘Things to Do’ 

Keeping a to-do list may seem cliché, but it’s one of the best ways to ensure you get 12221292503_3f501e785c_oeverything done and leave nothing out. Lists have been proven to actually help you stay organized and on track. Stop by your local convenience store and pick out a cool notebook with a design that catches your eye, that way you’ll enjoy carrying it around. Use different color pens to keep track of what you have planned for each day, and put a little smiley face (or check) next to each activity as you complete it.

2. Set Goals

Setting goals to keep yourself on the right path never hurts. Start small, like finishing your whole checklist before the weekend, leaving more time to hang out with friends and family. Then you can go for a bigger goal like finishing your homework before you work on that homemade film you’ve been sneaking time for.

3. Reward Yourself 

That box of cookies been staring you down each time you open the pantry? Allow yourself a few every night when you’ve checked everything off your list. Or what about that brand new accessory you’ve been dying to buy, but are totally putting off because you know you’ll feel guilty? Every goal you accomplish, treat yourself! Get the new camera, or download that new album you’ve wanted to listen to.

4. Don’t Cram 

Stay ahead of the game, don’t let yourself fall into those oh-so easy habits of cramming the night before you have a deadline.This almost ever only leads to too little sleep and too much stress. Make sure you are staying ahead of the game now and it’ll pay off in the long run, (and probably save you a lot of last-minute stress). 16934818300_20291a2fe7_o.jpg

5. Take breaks!

You’ve been studying and doing well, staying on top of your stuff for a while now. You deserve a break every now and then too though. Every few hours, take a 30 minute break and grab a bite with a friend, or take a walk through campus to get blood flowing again. You’ll come back more relaxed, and have an easier time concentrating.

If these tips haven’t already got your creative juices flowing and ready to get to work again, enjoy this motivational quote from our very own Matt Kushin, a professor in the Communications Department: “You don’t have to be the smartest person, you just have to be the hardest working person.”

Breaks Over! (But Not Quite in Our Books)

Most of us dread the days of coming back to school after a nice long and relaxed winter break. But alas- the holiday’s have passed us and ahead lies a few months of dedicated, hard work. It’s not too bad, and definitely doable. In the communication department, we know what it’s like to come back to school after a month break. And we’re here to tell you that you don’t need to end your break entirely, here’s how to keep it alive!

No Dress Code


Why not dress down for class? In fact, wear your favorite winter fuzzy socks under some boots to give you that comfort of feeling like you’re still at home on the couch. This is a sure way to stay warm without deviating from your normal attire too much.


Friday Nights Are For Netflix 

Your communication professor has been making major references to a movie that you’ve never seen, and you’re finally free to watch it this Friday. Instead of going out with friends, invite them over for a movie night. It’ll give you some nostalgia for nights spent outside of school, while helping give you a new conversation starter for your next class.

Skip the Coffee



Instead of a warm cup of your usual coffee, fill  your mug with hot cocoa for class. This might not keep you awake, but it’s sure to keep the winter spirit alive!



Winter Isn’t Over – Yet

Finally, you can still bundle up with hot cocoa and watch holiday movies. There’s no shame in doing so even past the holiday’s. Here are a few movie suggestions to get you in the mood:

  • Elf
  • One Magic Christmas
  • Gremlins
  • Jingle All The Way

Comment below and let us know what your favorite holiday movie is (that you can watch even after the festivities have passed!)