After COMM 111, Mann found his true passion and enrolled in both a combination of communication and education courses, hoping one day to potentially enter into a teaching role.
“I was always excited to take all of these classes together, which was 24 credits per tem,” says Mann. “Especially for Speech Communication, it works really well because each class is related and interlinked with one another.”
One of his favorite classes was COMM 416 - Ethnography of Communication, taught by Associate Professor Elizabeth Root.
“Gurwinder has been a thoughtful student in my courses,” says Root. “In COMM 416, he worked on an autoethnographic research project in which he examined his religious identity as a Sikh international student at OSU. In his research, he considered how his religious identity has been challenged and transformed by navigating differences in religious practices, adjusting to new social norms, and working to manage time for religious rituals and activities while in the USA. During the course, he carefully presented aspects of Sikhism to his classmates. I appreciated learning about his religion, the identity challenges he has faced, and how he has navigated cultural differences.”