Lasers take on Washington D.C.

By Colin Froment – 1851 Staff

Five students and two faculty members recently traveled to Washington D.C. for Lasell’s fourth annual Communication trip from October 20 to October 22. The trip gave students the chance to experience different professions in the communication field.

Five communications students were led by professors Erin Vicente and Marie Franklin to Washington D.C. Photo courtesy of Marie Franklin

During the trip, the group visited different companies related to the communication field, such as Mobile Video Services Ltd., Social Driver Public Relations Firm, and Newseum. They also listened to Daniel Black, founder of the Daniel Black & Associates CPA firm and Congressman Joe Kennedy’s press secretary on Capitol Hill.

Dr. Erin Vicente, Assistant Professor of Communication and Program Director for Speaking Across the Curriculum, was one of the faculty members running the trip.

She believes this was a great experience for students to learn and hoped to gain a learning experience of her own.

“I’m really honored to be a part of it,” said Vicente.

The students were ambitious to discover opportunities in D.C. Senior Tyler Hurst was most excited to see the Newseum, saying, “[It was] great to see the evolution of how far news has developed and how the media is today.” Hurst had never been to D.C. before and said he was thrilled to be in “the hub for the communication industry.”

Senior Tessa Dinnie says she was interested in seeing all the possible professions there are for a communications student. “One thing I got out of the D.C. trip was [reassurance], that what we’re learning here at Lasell is what’s actually accurate out in the real world. It was really validating that what we’re studying is an actual profession and we’ll get a good paying job one day,” said Dinnie. “Just seeing how it all comes together is something you don’t see in the classroom.”

Junior Spencer Kosior, a radio and video production student, was intrigued in the other aspects of communication that he is not familiar with.

“I wanted to use this trip as a way to get a first-hand look at what it would be like working in different industries,” said Kosior. “I’m not necessarily sure what I want to go into once I graduate, so this is also another avenue and a way of ‘testing the waters.’”

Kosior says he is mainly fascinated in the writing aspects of communication and wanted to see the transitions from script to the news broadcast. “I think it’s a phenomenal experience and opportunity,” he said.

Professor Franklin said “I was proud to be in the nation’s capital with these Lasers.”

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