16 Influential Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Communication Majors

16 Influential Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Communication Majors

You hear that, Mom and Dad?

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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If You Wear XL T-Shirts And Shorts, You're The Woman Of My Dreams

Enough with the war on comfort!

Comfortable can be sexy, simply put.

For some reason there are people complaining out there about the Southern college trend that has been happening the past few years: big t-shirts and shorts, also known as the "srat uniform." There seems to be a clash between the girls who dress "nice" most of the time and girls who dress for comfort. As a guy, I don't see what the big deal is?

For college in the South, there are two reasons to dress up: college football (Roll Tide) and date parties. Any other time, you can find a majority of the female population in shorts and a big t-shirt that makes it look like they're not wearing pants. As a man, I personally don't see anything wrong with this. I love being comfortable as much as the next person, and most guys find the baggy t-shirt and shorts outfit to be cute. There's always a time and place for dresses and rompers.

But for all the haters out there that call these girls in XL t-shirts and shorts lazy, you've got it all wrong.

There are 4 reasons why the girls who don the "srat uniform" have it all figured out.

1. Girls have it rough.

See, it's tough being a girl. I don't know from experience, but I hear it enough and I've seen it enough to know it's true. When girls aren't dealing with f***boys, periods or having to do their hair and makeup routinely, they are being overly criticized by our society. I think society owes girls a break, and that break comes in the comfortable baggy t-shirt and shorts.

2. Southern Not-So-Comfort(able) weather.

Also, for all of the haters, maybe y'all haven't noticed that it's hotter than Satan's balls in the South! Tight, dressy outfits and pants constrict the body and cause you to sweat. I'd rather see a dry girl in a baggy t-shirt than a girl drenched in sweat trying to look cute with her outfit.

3. Perfect doesn't exist.

It's admirable when a girl can unapologetically be herself. A girl in an XL t-shirt and shorts is a girl that is saying "yes, I may have just rolled out of bed and brushed my hair, but I'm here dammit." Social media tells us we all have to be the dolled up, most "perfect" version of ourselves all the time, so it's nice to experience that reality check.

4. Guys think it's cute, regardless.

9 times out of 10, guys in college do not care what you're wearing. Trust me, we aren't doing much better. You could probably put on a garbage bag and we still think you're cute. Any guy that dates a girl that dates a girl only because she dresses nicely all of the time is a shallow man. You're cute, you're comfortable, and that makes for a much better vibe. We all win.

So, in the battle of dressing "nice" and dressing comfortable, I think that the girls who wear an XL t-shirt and shorts chalk up a win in my record book. No, I'm not bashing on girls who have a true sense of style and wear nice clothing... that's a great thing in itself! But, this is college and there are more important things to focus on besides what we're wearing.

Ladies, wear your srat uniform with pride. Some us think it's cute :)

*I want to thank the beautiful ladies at the University of Alabama for inspiring this article.*

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Hurry Up and Pay Julio

The last thing I need in my life is for my favorite team losing its best player.


As a Falcons fan, the Super Bowl will always be the priority 24/7. Considering that every time we make the playoffs, we always choke and seem to forget how football works once we step on the field, specifically the second half. But that's not the case, the best player on my favorite team is holding out and I need for this franchise to pay bleep out this man!

If you haven't guessed it already, Julio Jones is holding out from any activities to convince the Falcons to restructure his contract. This isn't out of the ordinary in the NFL, Los Angeles Rams' DT, Aaron Donald, is doing the same thing as well as Oakland Raider's OLB Khalil Mack. But Julio is a different breed when it comes to these scenarios. The star receiver has been seen training with hall of famer Terrell Owens, a former NFL star who struck fear into the NFL's PR department with his open mind and driveway sit-ups...

Julio Jones Julio Jones sportingnews.com

An open mind isn't what the Falcons want from their greatest asset. But how can't he not hold out from any activities? As of now, he's the eighth highest paid receiver in the NFL, and is $2,748,791 behind the $17,000,000 contract Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown makes. Aside from being the highest paid receiver in the NFL, Julio isn't even the highest paid on his own team. After his stellar MVP season and Super Bowl appearence, QB Matt Ryan signed a five year $150M contract with $100M guaranteed. Ryan, like most quarterbacks, are viewed as the key component to every franchise. But Julio is what drives the Falcon's offense with his god-like abilities to catch the ball.

Super Bowl 51 Catch Jones' SB51 catchUSA Today Sports

Imagine being the top 5 in every receiver category, but only come up with 4 catches in the biggest game in sports. After the embarrassing, and heartbreaking, Super Bowl loss, Julio has no choice but to reconsider where his career is heading considering his team can never seem to prosper in the playoffs. The Falcons decided to make a statement in the recent NFL draft by drafting fellow Alabama receiver Calvin Ridley. The pick came off as a plan B if negotiations don't fall through with Julio's contract. The last thing the Falcons need is for Julio to slip through their hands and act like everything will be fine, because it won't and this isn't the way I want this team to fall apart.

Other teams are having the same situation as the Falcons, but they're not as detrimental as Julio leaving the team. Teams like Carolina or Jacksonville who need that last piece to guarantee a dynasty will be more than happy to make a better deal to Julio. Julio is a game changer and he knows it, so the leverage he has over the Falcons is a big one. So big that he can easily shift the future of the franchise just by his choices, skills and popularity.

I mean aside from holding out, Julio decided to unfollow the Falcons on all social media and even deleted every Atlanta related post. As a fan, that scared the hell out of me and forced me to make worst case scenarios for about a week. But as a lover of the game, I completely understand the frustrations Julio has towards this team. He's playing in his prime and he doesn't want his talent wasted on a bunch of 10-6 records that lead to a playoff disappointments.

For the love of God just pay Julio. He's not my only player, but the pulse of Atlanta sports. If the Falcons let this man go, the remorse and regret will be almost unbearable. Seeing Julio in a different city dominating secondaries will be heartbreaking, and teams will do anything and will pay him anything to get the man on their team. Atlanta has the talent to get to a prosperous place in the NFL, but the bottom line is that Julio is the best of the talent. Paying Julio will not only be the best thing for the franchise, but the best thing for Atlanta and its loyal fans. So please, I need the front office to #RiseUp and pay Julio Jones.

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