From The Girl Who Struggled Freshman Year

From The Girl Who Struggled Freshman Year

Some ups and downs you deal with as a freshman.

Class of 2021, we made it. We finished our first year of college and I know some of us are considering if its worth another three years. There have been many ups and downs this year, but overall college can be a fun and exciting adventure and I can not wait to see what is in store for my next three years.

We all had to adjust to dorm life this year I am sure. I struggled with dorm life my first semester and ended up having to change rooms because my roommate and I had our differences. I also did not and still do not like the lack of privacy. Sometimes a girl just wants to be able to go off on her own and be by herself. I also do not like the constant noises of a dorm. Why are there people running up and down the hall at 3am? Who knows?

I also personally struggled with having a taste of freedom. It was difficult to go from being able to make choices about how I spend my time to going home and being under my parents roof and having to ask to go places. The way I see it, I am free and I should be treated like that at college and at home. Unfortunately, that is not the case.

Meal plans. Along with the freedom to go places, you have the freedom to eat whatever you want and they even give you a little card to swipe and get food. Most people are almost out or completely out of meal plan money by the last two weeks of the semester and then it is time for a trip on the struggle bus. You are constantly asking people for free food or to use their swipe. It really gets to be a pain for those of us that don't run out of food money.

Class registration is another thing you aren't used to as a freshmen. In high school someone picks your classes for you and you are automatically placed in them. In college, you get to hope and pray that a class you need isn't full by the time you get to register. Freshmen register for classes last, FYI and it is yet again another struggle bus trip.

There is so much more you experience as a freshmen for the first time but these were some of the most interesting. Just remember class of 2022, now it's your turn to deal with registering for classes last and finding a balance with your freedom and meal money.

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Second Half Of The Semester Problems, As Told By Michael Scott

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The second half of spring semester is so bittersweet. The fun of spring break is sadly behind us, but we have the promise of summer to keep us going. We all know this struggle, and apparently, so does Michael Scott from "The Office."

You have absolutely no motivation to do your schoolwork after tasting the freedom of spring break.

Spring break has left you broke as a joke for the rest of the semester.

Your professors expect you to memorize an entire textbook before final exams.

You thought the semester was going extremely well until all of your professors decided to bombard you with assignments all at once.

You pull multiple all-nighters and practically overdose on caffeine just to get your homework done.

You just pretend your homework doesn't exist until you literally can't anymore.

All of your friends are getting into serious relationships but you are still single.

Your professors tell you that there won't be any extra credit opportunities before the semester ends.

All your friends are out having fun and partying when you have a morning class the next day.

When you do finally get to go out, you go a little too hard to make up for lost time.

You and your friends are supposed to be in a study group but you end up just goofing off the whole time instead.

That one annoying student in class reminds the professor that there was homework.

When your professor is still trying to lecture even after your class is supposed to be over.

You realize you only have a few short weeks left until final exams start.

You get a bad grade on an assignment you thought you did well on.

You are almost asleep, but then remember that you had homework due the next morning.

Your classes drag on for what feels like hours when in reality it's only been a few minutes.

You have multiple assignments and projects that start to all blur together by the end of the semester.

You have essays that you have to completely BS because you have no idea what to write about.

Your parents, family members or advisors ask you about your future plans even though you have no idea what to do.

Your professors lecture you on topics that you won't be tested on.

You procrastinate on your homework until the very last minute in hopes of finishing it the day before.

You realize you've been studying for so long you haven't left your house all day.

When exams finally come and you feel totally unprepared.

You start to think of extreme methods to pass your exams instead of just actually studying.

Keep your head up, fellow student. I know it's long and hard, but you will definitely make it through the rest of this semester!

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Quiet on the set.


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

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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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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?


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6. What are the important facts?


Should they all be included?

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


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


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

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


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11. Should I include a graphic?

news graphics

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


Does what I am saying make sense?

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

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