Memorable messages for navigating college life

Samantha Nazione, Carolyn LaPlante, Sandi W. Smith, Jennifer Cornacchione, Jessica Russell, Cynthia Stohl

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This manuscript details an investigation of memorable messages that help students navigate college life using a control theory framework. Researchers conducted face-to-face interviews with 61 undergraduate students who recalled a specific memorable message that helped them as they navigated college. Results of this formative study show the majority of participants' memorable messages were academic, and approximately 70% reported changing their behavior when recalling the message. Findings include categories of messages, challenges and topics, message sources, and changes in behavior and attitudes as a result of recalling the message. Additionally, the authors discuss responses to the study findings by college personnel that highlight the applicability of the research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-143
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Applied Communication Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2011


  • College
  • Control Theory
  • Memorable Messages
  • Transitions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics


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