The Art of Card Giving

Hello! My name is Rebecca Knicely and I am a graduate student at Radford University. I am studying Corporate and Professional Communication and graduate this December 2014! I also received my Bachelor of Science in Media Studies at Radford University. I absolutely love being a student and the campus lifestyle and I’m sad that it’s all coming to an end, but I also love new beginnings.

In a world that is slowly slipping away from traditional approaches of communication and has become so engrossed in their mobile devices texting, emailing, or Tweeting—there is something so genuine about receiving a written gesture.

There is something about receiving a card or getting a note slipped in an unexpected place that creates a feeling that cannot be duplicated through a text, email, or tweet. If there is one thing that I learned in college, it’s that social media is the new rave and it will be for a longtime, but why not stand out by still practicing traditional approaches to communication.

Recently, one of my girlfriends messaged me asking me if she could borrow my notes for that day’s class because over the weekend her grandmother-in-law passed away. Knowing that she had to remain strong for her husband all while being emotionally exhausted and stressed because lets be real, graduate school is no day at the park, I decided to show her how much I care and value her friendship.

I bought her a card and set it on her desk for when she returned to the office—not only was my card on her desk, but a fellow graduate student had placed one there awaiting for her return as well. When she returned to find words of encouragement during a tough time, she thanked me with open arms.

There really is no better way to show someone how much you value them in your life then to go the extra mile to thank them, congratulate them, or let them know that you’re thinking about them through a note or card.

Just the other day, I flipped to a new page in my agenda and found a note that my sister wrote me while I was home for the summer. I never noticed it until I flipped to my September calendar and nothing means more than getting those surprise messages while being miles away from home.

Attending the same university during undergraduate and graduate school definitely had its perks, but it also came with its own challenges. Once undergraduate school was said and done, all of my friends graduated and went on their merry way—however, I stayed behind to pursue my graduate degree.

The weekends grew lonely and the passing faces on campus slowly grew less and less familiar, making the campus that once felt so much like home a little less inviting.

However, socializing always came easy to me and my graduate school friends became my family. The campus that I began to grow disconnected to slowly snapped back to the school that I love because the right group of friends makes the whole experience. It is important though to remember old friends too because they are just as important as the new ones.

Although I cannot visit my undergraduate friends as much as I would like to, I try to remember those important days with a card in the mail instead of just a text or phone call—I recommend both! It’s just a friendly reminder that although I am miles away, they will always be thought about and missed.

The art of card giving is one that I hope is never lost. Not only for personal relationships but also for potential ones. Think about sending a thank you card in the mail after an interview—trust me, it will help you stand out. Thank you cards are my favorite in just about any situation whether it is thanking a professional for an interview, their advice, or recommending you to a possible employer. It is important to remember to go back and take the time to sit down, open up some stationary, and write in ink a personal message of gratitude.

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