Well it's been a very, um, interesting week, I suppose. Very little sleep was involved, which I am never really fond of; however, it did have it's good moments. I did end up learning a lot in this journalism workshop, and not all of it was about journalism. I learned a lot of things about the USM campus too, which is very helpful considering I will be going here in the fall. It was useful to get an inside look, sort of a preview, to the world of being a journalist before I even started any of my classes. It has really made me think about my current major of print journalism and possibly changing it. I did end up enjoying photography, and I didn't think I will. I might possibly go into Public Relations as well. I'm still not sure though. I will really miss all of the new friends I made, and I hope to keep in touch with them even after the program is over. I also hope this workshop continues in the next few years because it is extremely useful to high school students aspiring to be journalists. It's also a good for anyone who just wants to improve on his or her high school paper. I hope if the program does continue in the years to come, that when I become an upperclassmen at USM that I will possibly have the chance to work with the students in the workshop and give them my insight on journalism that I know I will acquire during my time at USM. This really was an enjoyable experience.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Since it is only the beginning of the third day here, (Wait, does move-in day count? Is it really the fourth day? Well it's the third day we are actually working on journalism activities.) I haven't really been able to tell yet what my favorite medium is. After all, I have only worked in two; print and photography. I suppose out of those two I prefer photography. I have always been a very artistic person, and any type of photography includes some bit of art. I am excited to do radio though since it has been something I've always been interested in. I want to see what broadcasting is like as well, but I have heard it can be a bit scary. I'm sure I will be fine though. Still, I think I might want to end up studying photojournalism after attending USM for a few semesters, because I really did enjoy it, more than I thought I would.
Everyone knows about college. The long nights spent cramming for that final exam. Those parties you wake up the next morning regretting you went to. The professors who just see you as another face in the crowd. Or is this really what college is like? Maybe the professors do care. Maybe the studying isn't that hard. Maybe the parties aren't so extreme. Deciding to attend the journalism workshop was actually a pretty good idea. It's a great way to help me prepare for this upcoming fall when I will be attending USM as a full time student. Everyone has his or her ideas about what college is like, but no one really knows until you actually experience it, but this workshop is pretty close. I've never been given so much freedom before. No one telling me where exactly to be at all times or when I have to go to bed. It can actually be a lot to handle at first. It may seem fun to stay up until midnight every night hanging out with friends, but you also have to remember when you have to get up for that morning class. It might be nice to just walk off campus for lunch, but you have to remember not to be late for your next class. I guess this experience has really just taught me that I really need to remember to be responsible in college and to manage my time wisely, or else I will never make it out alive.