Meet CxC: Hunter Starring, Distinguished Communicator Candidate
February 7, 2014
In our latest installment of “Meet CxC”, we introduce you to one of our Distinguished Communicator candidates, Hunter Starring, through a Q & A.
Tell us a little about yourself, Hunter:
I am from Mandeville and graduated from Fontainebleau High School in 2010. I am currently a senior in Biological Engineering with a minor in Chemistry with plans to graduate in May of 2015.
Why did you join the Distinguished Communicator program?
I joined the Distinguished Communicator (DC) program because of my English professor, Boz Bowles. As an engineering student, I thought an English course would be difficult. However, Boz helped me change my mind because of his teaching style and how he communicates with his students. He then introduced me to the “Extinguished Communicator Program”, or so I thought. I still remember when I talked to Boz after class to ask him more about the “Extinguished Communicator” program. After a good chuckle he said, “You mean Distinguished Communicator Program?” From this simple communication mix-up, I knew I could use CxC’s help!
What is your favorite part of the DC program?
My favorite part of the DC program is the student workshops. Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of communication, such as email etiquette, conflict resolution, visual presentation design and salary negotiation. The skills you learn in the workshops are so valuable that I try not to miss one! The workshops are also a great way to meet other DC candidates.
Hunter also serves on the CxC Student Advisory Council. Can you tell readers why you become an advisory council member?
I believe communication is a skill all students struggle with, including engineers who tend to be more focused on the technical aspects of their industry. I feel strongly about the mission and objectives of CxC, and I enjoy serving as an advocate to other engineering students at LSU.
What are your duties as a Student Advisory Council member?
My duties include meeting once a month with council members to discuss the direction of the program. We are encouraged voice our opinions and ideas as to how we can improve aspects of the DC program. We also help plan and coordinate volunteers for TEDxLSU, my favorite LSU event!
What are your plans after you graduate?
After I graduate, I hope to attend medical school where I plan to specialize in orthopedic surgery and continue nanomedical research.
How do you think the DC program has prepared you for your future career?
I believe that the DC program has prepared me for my future when communicating with my patients, particularly during diagnosis.
What is one piece of advice you would give to future DC candidates?
Get involved! Participate in as many workshops, huddles and C-I courses as you can. Not only will you perfect your communication skills, but you also get connected with all the fantastic students and faculty members in the program. I would recommend this program to any student who wants to be the front-runner in their field.