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Matt Garcia

Matt Garcia

BATC Student, Texas Tech | Class of 2014

  1. What helped you to choose tech comm as your major?I have an interest in both engineering and writing. The beauty of technical communication is that the two fields merge together to complete a common goal: To communicate how to use technology in an efficient and effective way.
  2. What will you do with your degree after graduation?I'd like to work for a technological company as a technical writer. I see my main focus as a technical writer as a liaison between a company's culture and its potential customers and partners.
  3. What's your favorite part of tech comm?Through various projects, I've developed an appreciation for well-composed documents. I strongly believe that a document's design directly impacts the effect a message has on a reader. Also, I enjoy the problem-solving aspect of working with new technology. Technical communication has provided me with the opportunity to work with a variety of organizations such as Tech's Engineering Department, the University Career Center, and the University Marketing team. The experience led me to broaden my approach to problem solving and helped me to understand how unique every technical communication experience is.
  4. What would you say to a student considering majoring in Tech Comm?If you enjoy solving problems through effective communication, working with teams and clients from around the world, or using new technology, then Technical Communication is where you belong!
  5. What has been your favorite Tech Comm class so far?I enjoyed the material taught in Dr. Angela Eaton's Technical and Professional Editing course, ENGL 4366, which was offered in the fall semester of 2013. The course opened my eyes to the effective strategies technical writers and editors utilize to sharpen a document before its release. It also provided an accurate perspective to how a professional writer schedules each task to complete a large project before its deadline.