Telecommunications major gains experience with undergraduate journal

Senior telecommunication major and Japanese studies minor Annabelle Aymond is among a select group of students serving on the executive board of an undergraduate research journal. 

After transferring to the College of Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University in the fall of her sophomore year, Aymond joined Explorations: the Texas A&M Undergraduate Journal and has been involved ever since.

“It’s really just become part of my life,” said Aymond. 

Now in her third year working on the journal, the Woodlands native serves as a member of the executive board and is in charge of the journal’s layout design. 

"The executive board members basically run the whole show,” said Aymond. “We do everything from planning how we're going to do the proposals, accepting research proposals from undergrads, communicate to advisors and deans and other faculty members what we think is best for students.”

“What I do, specifically, is layout and design, and then the marketing,” explained Aymond, adding that – due to her previous work experience as a portrait photographer – she also acts as the journal’s photographer.

“After the whole proposal process has been completed and we have decided which articles and which creative works we want to accept, I take them and I make them into a nice, concise – hopefully good looking – journal.”

When it came time for her to choose a major, Aymond went with the only option that grabbed her attention.

“Telecommunications was the only major that really stuck out to me,” said Aymond. “[It] is the perfect major for someone like me. I got all of the psychology, sociology, all of the media studies. Really I'm just learning about such a broad range of topics.” 

One of the best lessons that telecommunications has taught her, said Aymond, was that “everything is connected,” a philosophy that she has carried over into her outlook on future job prospects. 

While what she really wants is to establish herself as a graphic designer, the time Aymond has spent with Explorations has broadened her interests and shown her a new world of possibilities for her professional career.

“Doing Explorations has been more meaningful to me for job prospects because I really enjoy looking at research, I love reading research and I love academics,” said Aymond. “This school is full of opportunity and I hope that other students can use it.”