Communicating in Every Role with Hayley Franklin

October 12, 2016

Hayley Franklin, a current LSU student and Distinguished Communicator candidate, is cultivating her communication skills to help her tackle her future job as a lawyer. Currently part of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences’ 3+3 pre-law program, Franklin devotes her time to studying law, understanding the intricacies of language and exploring different forms of communication with her roles at the Olinde Career Center, LSU Daily Reveille, KLSU and the Highland Road Park Observatory.

We spoke with Franklin to find out more about how she utilizes her communication skills in every role she takes on.

Writing to Understand

Before attending LSU, Franklin had it set in her mind that she was going to major in a science. But during her LSU application process, she realized that while she was interested in science, her passion was writing, reading and research. This discovery lead to her majoring in English with a concentration in Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture and minors in Mass Communication and Linguistics. She hopes skills gained in her mass communication minor will help her do freelance work one day, while her linguistics minor currently lets her fuel her interest in science and research.

With a multitude of communication classes and skills acquired, Franklin knows a thing or two about written communication. Showing off her writing skills, she is working on her thesis to more effectively explore the mechanics of human speech. Franklin says her thesis is on the “syntax of the verb ‘be’ within the quotative ‘be like’ that shows up in phrases such as: I was like, ‘That’s not cool’.” She says figuring out how language works is important because it helps us to understand how others communicate. She points out that we typically use Standard English and look down on dialects we don’t view as socially acceptable. But Franklin says, “Dialects have patterns that help speakers communicate, and because the function of language is to communicate, no dialect is functionally wrong.” She hopes her thesis will better explain these issues to others.

Speaking to Inform

Many of Franklin’s extracurricular activities call for her to teach and explain politics, science, career information and more to people of all ages and backgrounds. As a radio news reporter for The Daily Reveille and KLSU, she has learned the importance of speaking clearly and concisely to get her news reports to be heard and understood by her audience.

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At the Olinde Career Center, Franklin’s role as career peer pushes her to use her spoken communication skills to present ideas to students, employers and staff.  She will speak one-on-one with students informing them of the Career Center’s services and she has sat on panels representing HSS to answer employers’ questions about attracting students to their companies.

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And lastly, as a teaching aid for Science Academy at the Highland Observatory, Franklin helps teach eight to twelve year olds about science and astronomy.

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Pulling all of these experiences together, Franklin believes she is garnering all the skills she needs to take on the next step of her academic journey, law school.

Communicating to Succeed

Franklin not only juggles school and a handful of extracurriculars, but also a candidateship with CxC’s Distinguished Communicator program. Through the program, Franklin shares, she now has greater confidence in her communication skills and feels more comfortable taking on leadership roles.

With confidence, great written and spoken communication skills, Franklin has started the application process for LSU law school. She believes her experiences in class, in her extracurriculars and in the Distinguished Communicator program will help her tackle this new academic challenge head on and lead to her future career as a practicing lawyer. Whatever type of law she chooses, she knows she’ll be leveraging her communication skills to positively impact the lives of her clients.