Mason Communication PhD student and COMM 101 instructor, Naessiamba Eab-Aggrey, recently had her Master's thesis published after she presented her research at the 2023 NCA conference. She reflected on her major accomplishment, "It looked surreal getting my master's thesis published during my very first semester in the Ph.D. program here at Mason after nearly giving up attempting the dissertation option. In 2020, I realized one month into the start of graduate school that I was five weeks pregnant for the first time and during a pandemic in a foreign land with no other relatives to support me except for my husband. After my comprehensive exams, I opted for the dissertation option, which I regretted very quickly having to juggle my dissertation with being a new mom and wife. I felt I had been stretched beyond my limit and thought I could not complete my dissertation. Aside from these difficulties, I had a very supportive husband and advisors who encouraged me throughout the process. Today, I am glad I did not give up; I am so happy for the support and encouragement I received, which made this journey worthwhile. Mason is my dream come true, and I hope to receive all the necessary training and support to help me advance in this academic journey."
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January 25, 2024