Student Profile: Ryan Sidhoo

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Ryan Sidhoo will graduate from USD with a degree in communication studies in May 2010. Sidhoo completed the lower division communication core classes and discovered he was most interested in the media courses and selected the media arts and culture concentration.  He states, “Taking classes such as Media Processes and Effects as well as Communication Criticism opened my eyes to examining popular culture from a critical perspective.” Course content focused on critiques of representations of race, gender and violence that are prevalent in the television. Sidhoo is particularly interested in race and class representations within various sports broadcasts. In Spring 2010, Sidhoo will continue to research sports and the media working with David Sullivan, Ph.D., examining cage fighting culture.

Sidhoo was able to intern at the ABC affiliate KGTV Channel 10 in Fall 2009 where he worked closely with the sports anchors. Further, he is now the sports editor for the student newspaper, The Vista. Sidhoo said, “These two experiences have allowed me to gain insight in actual news production and have taught me valuable lessons that I couldn’t learn in a classroom.”

Sidhoo was also able to gain valuable teaching experience by participating as a preceptorial assistant, which allowed him to work closely with a communication professor. Sidhoo worked with entering freshman as he assisted with the public speaking course. Sidhoo said of the experience, “I was able to observe the daily routine of teaching a class and the grading process. Shadowing a professor within the communication department at USD clarified many questions I had about teaching and again helped diversify my resume for the grad school application.”

As a junior, Sidhoo presented his research at the Binational Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM) 2009 conference hosted by USD with support from the Trans-Border Institute. Sidhoo explains, “Researching and going to various conferences and lectures helped me realize that I wanted to attend graduate school.”

For Sidhoo, the communication studies major allowed him to take advantage of many opportunities at USD. “I have tried to exhaust all the different opportunities the department has to offer but there are still more. The faculty is more than accessible and has given me great guidance as I was putting together my application for graduate school.” As a member of Lambda Pi Eta, Sidhoo also participated in the many events and activities sponsored by the honor society.

Sidhoo’s advice is as follows, “For students thinking about graduate school, it is vital to be proactive and contact the communication department in order to add to gain internships or other positions that will set you apart from other candidates. These positions and guidance from the department are available, it just up to the student to take the initiative.”

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