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Letter from the Graduate Assistant: David Goodwin

When I came back to the Communication Studies Department in 2017 to begin my stint as the department’s graduate assistant, I was a little lost. Having graduated from Canisius in undergrad two years prior, I held a series of jobs I did not love (ok – some I might have actively and intensely disliked), and I didn’t know what I wanted in my career. 

So when I came back for grad school and got the job in the Communication Studies Department, I was thrilled to get to work. I’m proud that during my time here I’ve helped the department establish a budding social media presence, re-instated the alumni newsletters (on an updated digital platform!), and even helped coordinate the department’s first holiday desk decorating contest. 

The professors worked me hard, but it’s also been a fun two years. There have been lots of laughs with my fellow GA, Devon, who I have grown close with as we roamed around the office laughing, singing loud songs, and generally annoying the professors who were just trying to grade papers. 

I fed Dr. Irwin’s dog carrot sticks, hung out in Professor Higgins’ office discussing politics, fretted about my capstone project with Dr. Hartman, and took a great class with Dr. Wanzer. Each day brought something new and exciting.

Everyone I encountered here has helped guide me or inspire me in some way. The Communication Studies, Journalism, and Digital Media arts students at Canisius are in good hands, with professors and staff that truly care about their students’ success. Thanks to them, I’m leaving Canisius (again) a matured, more inspired person with a reinvigorated plan of what I want for my future.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to come back to a place I love so dearly. I won’t miss the three-floor trek up the stairs in Lyons Hall every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, but I will miss coming to a place that has always felt like home.