Prospective Students

Nikki Popat

  • Graduation Year: 2020

Nikki PopatMajor(s) and Minor: Double Major in Communications and Linguistics

How did you decide on your major?

I took an introduction class to linguistics (intro. To the study of language) and an introduction course for communications, and I really enjoyed both classes. I decided to take 201 for linguistics and loved it even more!!

What is it about your chosen field (and the department) that appeals to you?

I love how linguistics is so prominent all around us; from the language we speak to the sentence structure we use to how we interpret utterances, it’s all so interesting! The Linguistics department has so many great classes that help the students’ knowledge to expand. The Communications department also offers great classes that allow students to gain more knowledge about their communication styles and interpersonal relationships!

Do you have a favorite class/professor within your major?

Within the Linguistics major, I loved taking Pragmatics with Professor Syrett! She made the class super interesting and I always looked forward to going to her class all the time! Professor Syrett made lectures fun and entertaining, as well as making it educational and making sure that her students understood the lectures. She’s a great professor!! Within the Communications major, I really enjoyed taking Communication in Relationships with Professor Youn. She made it easy to understand the concepts, and made it fun by using videos to explain them!

What are your favorite academic experiences outside of your major?

Outside of my major, I have participated in the Speech and Hearing Sciences club at Rutgers, and I really enjoyed going to some of their meetings!

What are your plans following graduation?

After graduation, I plan on going to Graduate School to earn my master’s in Speech-Language Pathology. I plan on becoming a speech pathologist and hopefully opening up my own practice one day!


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