A Letter To Mid-Semester Me From Beginning-Of-The-Semester Me

A Letter To Mid-Semester Me From Beginning-Of-The-Semester Me

You're probably crying in the library right now...


Dear Mid Semester Me,

Hiiiiii. You're probably on your fifth cup of coffee, losing your marbles in the library right now. It's me...well you...it's us. It's only the second week of school and I can already tell that we have a long semester ahead of us. But you probably already know that, being future me and whatnot.

I'm writing this for you to read when you're on your last nerve with classes and outside commitments while trying to have a social life, sleep schedule and also eat every now and then. I'm writing this to tell you to take a step back and take a deep breath which unless it's on our schedule, won't be happening. But do it because I know us and we're gonna need it.

Don't forget to take care of your health first. Take your vitamins, try to fit in a workout routine, don't pull all-nighters because as we learned from experience, getting a good night's sleep is way more important than trying to cram in a month's worth of information the night before a test. Eat at least two meals a day. Drink liquids other than coffee and booze (*cough* water *cough*). Call mom, listen to some Beyonce and cuddle with your cat.

Keep reminding yourself that after this semester, it will be smooth sailing for the rest of the year. You can do this. Crying is appropriate but try not to scare the other students in the library. As long as you stay focused and balance your time so you can take mental breaks, you'll be just fine.

Everyone is going to be slightly more stressed than usual so you're not alone! Luckily, it's more appropriate during this time to go a few days without showering or wearing makeup. But at least change your shirt so people don't think you're completely off your rocker. Also, try not to mutter to yourself while walking on the Quad...as we learned, you will get weird looks from fellow students.

In one more semester, we will be walking across the stage in your cap and gown (*screams*) and then the real stress will begin. This is a walk in the park compared to what we're about to endure in the ~real~ world. So take this time to enjoy yourself and our last months of undergrad! We're going to miss this even though you might not think so right now. Don't let all the upcoming tests and projects and due dates take away from everything else that we should be doing like spending time with our friends and going out every now and then. We have the rest of our life to be serious so loosen up, girlfriend!

I know we're a busy woman so Imma let you go and get back to whatever we were stressing over prior to this reminder. We got this. We're going to be okay.


Beginning-Of-The-Semester Me

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What Where You Study Says About You, As A College Student AND A Person

Are you more of a quad studier or a hipster coffee joint kinda gal?

Coming into college, you were probably given the advice "make sure you find a good place to study early on." So what does where you study say about your personality?

1. The Library

You're either boring, traditional or you get unfocused super easily and you need dead silence to study. Do what you gotta do.

2. Starbucks

If you study at Starbucks you probably like to study in a social environment. Maybe you're in a major that has a ton of group projects or maybe you'd rather just be surrounded by your friends and sipping on a vanilla chai latte while you make note cards.

3. The Local Coffee Shop

If you study at a local coffee shop, it's because your entire lifestyle is fueled by caffeine and caffeine alone. Oh, and maybe because you like high-waters and wide-brimmed hats, you hipster.

4. The Quad

If you study on the Quad, you're probably not very easily distracted by cute dogs or cute boys. You're probably also pretty outdoorsy and you hate it to be locked up in the library with such beautiful weather.

5. Your Church Student Center

You study here for one of two reasons. 1) all of your friends from church study here and you want to talk to them while you study 2) you want to be able to easily slip off into the church to pray for your GPA when you're feeling stressed.

6. Your Room

Major kudos to people who study in their room. I don't see how you aren't distracted by your bed that isn't made, or your closet that needs to be organized, or your photo album from high school or literally anything in your room but if you can manage to study in your room without getting distracted then you keep doing you.

7. Your Sorority/Fraternity House

If you study in your sorority or fraternity house it's more than likely because you either need study hours every week and can only log them in the house, or because you're feeling homesick and studying on the couch, in your pajamas while talking to your house mom feels reminiscent of high school.

8. A Combination

If you're anything like me you've studied in all seven of these places and it really just depends on the day of the week, the class you're studying for and your mood. I can shut myself away in the library for hours and get everything done that I need to accomplish, but sometimes I would rather sunbathe on the quad, or get a shot of espresso and coffee cake at Monarch while I'm grinding away at my textbook.

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Quiet on the set.


So you've decided that you want to be a Broadcast Journalist?

Many different thoughts go through you're while trying to first off figure out what story you want to pursue. After that, it's just a matter of getting everything that is needed for it and then putting it together.

For all clarity and purposes, I have already turned in my first news story, however as I was completing it, some (if not all) of these thoughts (or a variation of them) came across my mind at some point during the process.

1. Ok, so what are the important parts to my story?


And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

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3. Do I have all the interviews I need?


Who are the essential figures in this story?

4. What's my angle? How do I stick to it?

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Who do I need to interview for it?

5. What questions should I ask in my interview?


And more importantly, What type of questions will get me the answers I want?

6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

7. Do my voice overs cover everything that my interviews don't?


What else is needed for this story?

8. Agh, my video is over the 1 minute and 30 seconds allowed time.


Do I reduce it or do I leave it as is? I guess it depends on how much its over.

9. How should I say my tageline at the end of the video?

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The tagline is when the reporter says their name and their station affiliation at the end of their story.

10. Should I include a standup? Where should it be?


What do I want to say?

11. Should I include a graphic?

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Is there something that can be said in a list form that the viewers need to see? Is it symptoms of a disease? Event details?

12. How do I make my interviews connect with my voice overs?


Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?


Should I add a NAT pop here? What SOT (Sound on Tape) do I want to use?

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