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Major: Communication

Graduation Year: 2018

Activities: I was involved in Student Activities Center, Black History Month Committee, & Black Student Union

Chris Cannon

Outstanding Communication student Chris Cannon
"As Communication majors, we learn the differences of communication norms and taboos, between high context and low context cultures. Once we understand the importance of communication and how it works, both nationally and internationally, then I believe the world will be a better place."

Q: Why did you decide to come to Pacific?

A: I am from Stockton, so I wanted to stay local and become an advocate for Pacific with the Stockton community. I wanted to become an example to people in the community, especially lower socio-economic communities, that anyone can come to Pacific if you try.

Q: Why did you choose to study Communication?

A: I studied Communication because of the importance of knowing how to communicate. We communicate both verbally and non verbally every minute of our lives. For example, street lights are symbols of communication that people understand. The way, and place, you hang your diplomas are also forms of communication. Western cultures communicate differently than Eastern cultures. As Communication majors, we learn the differences of communication norms and taboos, between high context and low context cultures. Once we understand the importance of communication and how it works, both nationally and internationally, then I believe the world will be a better place.

Q: What's your favorite Pacific memory?

A: My favorite memory of Pacific was when Vice President Patrick Day, and Assistant Director of Student Activities Melany Crews, chose myself and one other person to represent Pacific at the first African American Male Leadershape conference in Champaign, IL. We were two out of 69 Undergraduate African American Males from across American to be apart of this historical moment.

Q: What would you tell a prospective student who wants to study Communication?

A: I would tell that student to always keep an open mind. Communication is not just about media and journalism. Communication majors are all over the place, in the public and private sectors.