Photograph of Professor Tyler Daniels
By Spencer Ames
Cape Cod Community College (4Cs) offers a wide variety of classes for students to take and each course appeals to different interests and majors. Human Communications was a class that I was unsure about initially, but after the first day I knew that I was going to enjoy it. The class, which is taught by Professor Tyler Daniels, has been my favorite class in my three years of attending classes at 4Cs.
Normally on Mondays, I feel exhausted and unmotivated to get my week started. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Human Communications was not a class that I dreaded through the semester, but rather a class I would wake up looking forward to on Mondays and Wednesdays.
“His class was the best part of my school year,” said 4Cs student Sean Dumais.
Professor Daniels is an extremely energetic teacher and, in my opinion, it was his energy and personality that made his class so great. There were days that my classmates and I would go to class and couldn’t stop laughing because Professor Daniels was so entertaining.
Professor Daniels has a gift for speaking. He would have everyone’s full attention in my class, as he told stories and jokes that were still relevant to the lesson he was teaching. We were encouraged to talk to each other and join into group discussions started by Professor Daniels.
Human Communications is where I met some of my very best friends. I am truly thankful to Professor Daniels for creating an environment that made the students feel comfortable talking not only with him, but with each other as well.
The homework that was assigned in Human Communications rarely felt like work to me. Due to the enthusiasm that Professor Daniels displayed throughout the school year, I was always on the edge of my seat waiting for the next assignment he would give.
I don’t mean to give the illusion that this class is easy, as you are expected to put in a fair amount of effort to earn a decent grade. This includes three speeches that we were required to give. The speeches for the class are graded based on the speaker’s presentation, including PowerPoint content.
This class was entertaining and informative and taught students not only how to better communicate with people, but also how communication has evolved over the past centuries.
“Human communication is not material learned, it is material realized,” said Professor Daniels. “You have been experiencing this material your entire life and we are just putting names to it.”
If you are starting to look at what classes you might take next semester, do yourself a favor and sign up for Professor Daniels’ Human Communication course. You will have to work hard, but it will give you a class that you can really look forward to attending.