16 Influential Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Communication Majors

16 Influential Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Communication Majors

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Often questioned, bashed, and belittled, Communication degrees are seen as a waste of time. However, some of America's most influential figures received their college degrees in Communications, such as:

1. Stephen Tyrone Colbert

Colbert is a Primetime Emmy award-winning comedian, author, writer, producer, actor and singer, and host of the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert" on CBS. He attended the Northwestern University School of Communication in Evanston, Illinois.

2. Jermaine Lamarr Cole (J. Cole)

J. Cole is a Grammy nominated hip hop recording artist, songwriter, and record producer. He studied Communications at St. John's University in New York City, New York.

3. Ellen Lee DeGeneres

DeGeneres is an Emmy award-winning comedian, writer, actress, author, producer and host of "Ellen" on NBC. She studied Communications at the University of New Orleans in Louisiana.

4. James Thomas (Jimmy Fallon)

Fallon is a a comedian, actor, singer, writer, producer and host of the "Tonight Show" on NBC. He studied Communications at the College of Saint Rose in Albany in New York.

5. Matthew David McConaughey

McConaughey is an Academy Award winning actor and producer. He studied Communications at the College of Communication at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas.

6. Stacy Ann-Marie Keibler

Keibler is an actress, model, and retired professional wrestler from the WWE. She studied Communications at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

7. David Michael Letterman

Letterman is a comedian, writer, producer, actor, and the former host of the longest airing show late night talk show in American history, "Late Show with David Letterman." He studied Communications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

8. Howard Allen Stern

Stern, also recognized as the king of broadcasting, is a radio and television personality, producer, host, author, and actor. He studied Communications at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts.

10. Wendy Williams

Williams is a television personality, actress, author, and host of daytime talk show "The Wendy Williams Show." She studied Communications at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

11. Jacoby McCabe Ellsbury

Ellsbury is a Golden Glove and Silver Slugger award-winning Major League Baseball player currently playing for the New York Yankees. He studied Communications at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.

12. Carrie Marie Underwood

Underwood is a Grammy Award winning and Golden Globe nominated singer, songwriter-actress and American Idol winner of Season Five. She studied Communications at Northeastern State University in Boston, Massachusets.

13. Al Lincol Roker

Roker is a television personality, actor, author, weather forecaster and host of "Wake Up With Al" on The Weather Channel. He studied Communications at the University of New York at Oswego in New York.

14. Hannah Storm

Storm is a television sports journalist, host, and the co-anchor of "Sport Center" on ESPN. She studied Communications at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana.

15. Jerome Allen "Jerry" Seinfeld

Seinfeld is a Primetime Emmy award-winning comedian, actor, writer and producer. He studied Communications at the State University of New York at Oswego in New York.

16. Erik Jon Spoelstra

Spoelstra is an NBA championship professional coach and the current head coach of the Miami Heat, a team of the National Basketball Association. He studied Communications at the University of Portland in Oregon.

So many successful Comm majors out there, it really makes the following quote true:

"Intelligence, knowledge or experience are important and might get you a job, but strong communication skills are what will get you promoted." — Mireille Guiliano

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The Universal Love Of Soccer

Wrapped up in the beauty of a sport.

As a kid, I remember my parents signing me, along with my older siblings, up for a recreational soccer league. They enrolled us in a multitude of different activities as well, from dance to tennis to martial arts. But little did I know that I would later find myself coming back to soccer in my middle school years where I played for about two years on an Athena A travel league, and would later find myself in high school not being able to go a week without kicking or at least juggling the ball for a couple of minutes a day. Even though I no longer play for a competitive travel league and have instead picked up a passion for running, I still find myself loving the beauty behind the sport itself. If you’ve never played the sport before or are on the verge of giving it a try, these perks of the sport prove that soccer is the world's language for people of all ages and is mending the world's diversity through the love of one simple team sport.

1. Location is never an excuse.

When it comes to playing a game or just playing by yourself, you can pretty much find anywhere to kick. Other sports, like tennis, have to be played in its specific location -- on a tennis court -- and although some sports can technically be replicated in other areas, it’s not the most fitting as soccer is in just about any place. I remember being on vacation in Mexico one summer, and playing soccer with complete strangers who I’d never met before, on the beach, using random sticks we found to create markings for two goal posts and kicking barefoot on the sand. Whether it’s in the middle of the street in your neighborhood or at an actual soccer park, you can find pretty much anywhere to start a pickup game with anyone.

2. Accessibility

Whereas other sports require a ton of equipment, soccer is beautiful in its simplicity. Although some sports, such as football also follow this “simplicity rule” of just needing a ball and you’re good, the majority of other sports don’t carry the same way. For example, in volleyball, it’s difficult to play the sport without a net, which is unlikely to be randomly carrying around, or in basketball without a hoop. Soccer is one of the simplest sports to play, with only truly requiring one piece of equipment, a ball, if you just want to pass with other people or train by yourself.

3. Learnability

Whereas many sports ential complicated rules, soccer is universally much easier to understand how to play. Because there aren’t constricting positions in a pickup game, anyone can shoot or defend at any time or have fun doing anything in between. Other sports, such as football or basketball, that have more rules than soccer make the game harder to learn for anyone, whether they’re little kids or adults. Soccer isn’t a sport that requires for all players to be able to speak the same language either -- body language is key in the sport, to communicate with other players on a simpler and universal basis.

4. Weather permitting

The aspect I probably love most about soccer is that it can be played just about anywhere. Whether it’s an indoor league, outside on a hot summer day or in the pouring rain on muddy grass, the sport is always enjoyable in just about any circumstance. Because many parks are switching from grass to turf fields, this makes it much easier to play on a reliably flat surface, whereas other sports, such as tennis require a non-rainy day.

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Why It's Still Great To Be a Georgia Bulldog

Last Monday was rough.

Yeah. So that happened.

It felt like the entire season was a dream. An incredible takeover in South Bend and a win over Notre Dame. Shutting out Tennessee. A loss to Auburn, and then a revenge win and an SEC Championship title. A stress-inducing win in double overtime at the Rose Bowl against Oklahoma.

A national championship game against Alabama. A nail-biting overtime. And then...

It's over. Just like that.

It can be hard with football to grasp the suddenness of the moment, the finality of a game-winning touchdown or a crucial missed call. There's no going back; the final score is the final score, the winner is the winner, and the losing team is left to pick up the pieces. For the fans of the team that comes up short, more specifically Georgia fans, a loss like the one we all experienced Monday night can feel like someone has ripped our hearts out. Because that's our team down on that field, on that screen, and when they hurt, we hurt, too. With a loss like this, it's easy to lose hope in not just our football team, but our university.

However, even though I and the rest of Bulldog Nation was seriously hurting during that game, I came to realize a few things about my school.

We are so positive all the time and it truly inspires me. Yes, it felt like the energy was sucked out of Athens the moment the game ended, but the day after, we still welcomed our team home with crowds of hundreds of fans and posters saying, "Still Proud!" At this institution, even if you come up short, even if you fail, it's okay. It's a part of the process: a building block, if you will. Find another solution. Find another way.

It feels like a family in Athens, Georgia. Even cheering for our dawgs in the National Championship felt like I was cheering for my local high school football team: there's a small town feel to this school and you can definitely sense it. So when we lost, we felt the loss collectively.

Finally, I realized that I never want to be at any other school other than the University of Georgia. Say what you will about our loss being in "typical Georgia" fashion, but there is a special air about this place that screams anything but "losers". It screams success and drive. It screams passion. Most importantly, it screams love.

So yeah, Monday sucked. But it is an incredible time to be a Georgia Bulldog.

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