HCOM 214: Interpersonal COMM & Conflict

Learning interpersonal communication skills to improve every part of our lives

Verbal Communication Prompt 1

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I think in the past I used to imagine that my name was something different,  but I think it was just little me playing to have a different name. I do not think in reality I have ever considered or would consider changing my name. My full name is Karina Salcedo Gomez, and I could not imagine having a different name because I think my name represents who I am and where I come from, it connects me with my family and relatives. The characteristic of language that it most important to support my position I think it is that language is symbolic because my last name is an important symbol that represents me. I feel that here in the United States last names are not very important. For example, everyone only uses one last name, but I grew up in Mexico and where I used to live last names have a lot of meaning or maybe is because I lived in a smaller place, so people know you because of your name. For example, if I was meeting someone and I said “my name is Karina Salcedo Gomez” they would instantly know who my parents are or they would ask “are you Jesus’ daughter?”. It was different coming to live here and only using Salcedo and not Gomez.  If I got married, I do not think I would be willing to change my last name to my spouse’s. Probably I would consider hyphenating my name with my spouse’s, but I would not just completely change my last name because I would feel like I am a different person. I prefer keeping my last name to carry on my family’s history and because I would want my children also to have my last name. Although they would not use it would still be part of them connecting them with my background.

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