Tuesday, July 01, 2008


20 June 2008

Supplemental Purpose Statement
Communication Studies Master’s Degree Program

Realizing a BA in government-journalism does not directly correlate to a communication studies Master’s degree, I am providing this addendum to the purpose statement included with my original application to the California State University, Sacramento graduate studies office. Also, as my undergraduate major was not communication studies, this statement acknowledges the potential shortcomings in my curriculum and makes a commitment to fulfill any undergraduate coursework required as part of my postgraduate education. I am confident that my love of education and communication (specifically written communication) will make this part of my educational experience at least as rewarding as my time as an undergraduate at CSUS.

Although it is true I have only recently (since mid-2003) embraced my ability as a writer, I have always enjoyed sharing my knowledge and insights with others. I have had numerous opportunities to fulfill the role of mentor, trainer and even, for a brief time, as an instructor. Of course, in my capacity as the father to three now adult sons, the role of the teacher cannot be understated. The common denominator is a true and unconditional love for helping others improve their knowledge and, as a result, their self-worth. With respect to written communication, there is an appalling lack of basic skill among many college students - not just in the mechanics, but also in the clear and logical presentation of thoughts and ideas. I firmly believe that if given the opportunity, and with the extended education a Master’s degree will provide, I can help others to help themselves.

The CSUS communications studies program, with an emphasis on organizational and instructional communications, is attractive not only for all the reasons CSUS is in general, but also because the curriculum includes practical teaching experience to adult learners. Because my ultimate goal is to teach at a community college, a Master’s degree is essential. And from everything I have been able to ascertain from American River College, Sierra College, Folsom Lake College and the other institutions in each school’s respective district, a curriculum consistent with that offered at CSUS is invaluable to an aspiring instructor.

My commitment to education has never been stronger. My recent and very positive experience with both the community college system as well as the California State University system has left me with an acute sense of gratitude and an overwhelming desire to contribute to the institutions that have meant so much to me. Although my undergraduate major reflects a deep and long-term affection for journalism, a return to academia was always, at some point, the place I wanted to land. Circumstances are such that the time is now - opportunity has presented itself. By getting accepted into the communication studies postgraduate program, I will be that much closer to realizing my goal.


Michael K. Althouse


kenju said...

Congratulations! I know you will do well and make yourself and your family proud!

Carli N. Wendell said...

Congrats! So, is this two more years of school?

I kind of want a master's, but I have no idea in what. I DID major in communication studies, but I wouldn't want to go any further with it.

mckay said...

YAY for YOU!!!!!

higher education, purpose and ground.

all worthy.


Anonymous said...

That's awesome news! Way to go.

Anonymous said...

That's fantastic news- congratulations! You are very worthy and I think you'll do great!!
Michele sent me again....:)

Bobkat said...

Michele realised that it had been too long since my last visit and helpfully nudged me here. I am glad she did as it give me chance to congratulate you as you prepare to start your Masters degree. I know from experience that this will be an incredibly challenging jouney but rewarding also. Good luck!

(BTW - if you pop over to my regular blog you will find I have some news about my Masters degree).

Snaggle Tooth said...

Best of luck in your next monumental achievement.

CyberKitten said...

Excellent news!

I'm really looking forward to my 2nd Year on mine.

After that.... I'm not sure. [muses]

flleenie said...

Awesome! Congratulations are definitely in order...

You rock!

Anonymous said...

Hey uncle mike. I heard about this a while ago but i never really talked 2 you about it. So congrats!

Hope it works out