To A Future College Student, You're On Your Own Now

To A Future College Student, You're On Your Own Now

My advice to high school seniors everywhere
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It's that time of year again. High school seniors all over America are learning what schools they have been accepted to and making decisions about where they want to attend college next year. There are a lot of things running through the minds of these seniors but this is what I would tell them to put their minds at ease.

First, choose the school you think is going to be the best fit for you both campus and money-wise. If you are going to be taking this college thing on you should be the one that decides where to go. Listen to the opinions of those around you like your parents, teachers, and peers but ultimately make the choice yourself. The most important factor in this decision making process is your happiness.

Now, once you pick one of these fine establishments you will most likely be living in a dorm your first year. It can either be a great experience or a terrible one depending on how prepared you are and who your roommate is. I personally had a terrible experience my first semester at college because I had a horrible roommate and I was the only one that was prepared for life somewhat on my own. Be honest when filling out the application if you are going to be doing random roommates and be even more honest if you are trying to meet someone on your college's Facebook page. You don't have to be best friends with your roommate but you do need to be able to live together comfortably.

This brings me to being prepared. Know how to do laundry step by step as well as how to go grocery shopping. Make a budget for yourself too. Knowing how much money you have and how much you can spend is always important. You are essentially living on your own and the choices you make are going to affect you and you alone.

College is not scary once you get the hang of it. Yes, you may go broke until you figure out how to be financially responsible, you may not like your roommate's version of clean, and you may even find that it is difficult to find somewhere to eat decent on-campus but remember that these are the good years. After this, you are totally on your own and the choices you make in college will determine how well you do in the real world.

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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?
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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.

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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?

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And how do I convey those things to my viewers?

2. What b-roll should I get?

B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot.

3. Do I have all the interviews I need?

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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?

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6. What are the important facts?

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Should they all be included?

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

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What else is needed for this story?

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

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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?

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What do I want to say?

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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?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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