Kimyetta Hayden

Kimyetta Hayden is a member of Marist's online M.A. in Communication Class of 2014. She received a BA in Mass Communication from Grambling State University and is currently the Director of Connection for Worldwide Discipleship Association as well as an Adjunct Instructor of Communication at Georgia Military College and Ohio Christian University.

Tell us about your work history before Marist, including years of experience, industry, companies, and positions: 
I worked in Marketing and Communications at various non-profits for 17 years before attending Marist.  

What are your career goals?
My career goals are to continue teaching at the college level. In addition, I plan to become an author and ultimately pursue a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies.  

Why did you choose to pursue your degree at Marist: 
I chose Marist because the program was flexible and academically rigorous. I also loved the option to complete my Masters Degree in one year.

Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development: 
My Communication Theory class with Dr. Mark was a great start to graduate school. It was challenging, yet it provided a tremendous foundation into how theory undergirds so much of our communication world. In addition, I worked on a persuasive campaign in my persuasion class that was amazing. I learned a lot about the campaign development process that still helps me today. In addition, I wrote a number of Executive Summaries in my classes that were quite helpful, as well. Finally, my research strategies and methods class was the most difficult, yet most rewarding class because of the depth of information that I learned about quantitative and qualitative research methods. I didn’t know much about ethnography before that class. I recall an amazing story about an ethnographer from Harvard who lived in the Chicago housing projects for many years in order to research the inner city culture in its purest form by living amongst gang members. It was quite fascinating!       

How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career? 
Since Marist is an accredited and respected school, it has opened doors for me to teach at various local colleges. In addition, my degree helped me have a more flexible lifestyle so I’m no longer sitting at a desk 8 hours a day, but I can now work in a mobile environment.

What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist? 
I think you should get organized BEFORE starting school. Create a schedule that has a great deal of balance in order to ensure you have adequate time for your study in between managing your other responsibilities.

If you took an online class or had online learning as part of a regular course, tell us about your experiences – any tips or suggestions to pass along to future students?
I recommend students become very familiar with the online interface at least a month before class starts. Students should watch online tutorials and spend time interacting with i-Learn before the course begins. Also, it’s CRITICAL that you constantly interact during the course by posting discussions in a timely manner. I STRONGLY recommend online students attempt to work ahead by completing required readings and postings early in the week, so they can focus on papers and projects during the latter part of the week. If not, things can pile up! Finally, I teamed up with other students and developed a bond with two other students and exchanged phone numbers and we served as a much-needed support system for each other. I definitely think you should attempt to make friends with other students in your cohort.

Please feel free to provide additional comments:
Attending Marist was one of the best decisions I ever made. I had a number of colleges on my list, but Marist stood out to me during my vetting process. I’m grateful that I chose Marist. I have no regrets because after one year in school, I completed my Masters Degree with a very high GPA, but more importantly with increased knowledge and skills that were important for my personal and professional growth. 

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Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Communication
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: Online
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