Featured MS Student: Matthew Bouvier

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Matthew is one of the fantastic students in our MS in Scientific & Technical Communication program. He started the program in Spring 2023 and we are proud of all that he has accomplished so far. Get to know more about Matthew and our MS program below!

Why did you choose the MS program for your graduate studies?
I chose the MS program because of the variety of topics covered in its curriculum. Technology is such an integral part of the modern workforce and in education.

What is your favorite part of the MS program?
Though the courses are primarily virtual, everything is still very interactive. This has been helpful for me as a student.

What has been your favorite class so far and why?
The Writing With Digital Technologies course (WRIT5662) was my favorite! Prior to it, I didn't have much experience with creating websites and I definitely learned a lot.

What is one project that you've particularly enjoyed and has supported your professional development?
For the capstone course, I created a portfolio to house the technical content I've created through my time as a student in the MS program and in my professional life. This project required me to do a fair amount of editing, which came easily to me given how much I've grown as a technical communicator. My goal is always to inform others as clearly as possible, and I believe the work I included in the portfolio is demonstrative of that.

What do you enjoy most about the technical communication field?
The hands-on experiences with creating technical content is what I enjoy most about this field. There are a myriad of options to create content that's not only attractive, but also informative. Moreover, it's the way of the future!

How do you hope to use your degree in the future?
I plan on transitioning from the insurance industry into a more public-oriented role. Ideally, I'd like to go into resource and/or grant management for the local government or in the non-profit sector. In addition to my education background, I have immense experience with securing settlements, and this would carry over well into doing something that would serve the larger community.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to pursue a graduate degree in technical communication?
The professors in the program are amazing. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Also, time management is key to being a successful student. Read the syllabi as soon as possible to become familiar with your courses because they do fly by. When all else fails, your education never will. After all, we're always learning.

What is one fun fact about you?
I'm going to Cairo, Egypt in November! This will be my first time across the Atlantic. On a side note, my cat walks around like she's Egyptian royalty. Maybe I should pay homage to her ancestors while I'm over there?

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