If You Go Far Away For College, You Go Far In Life, Too

If You Go Far Away For College, You Go Far In Life, Too

Breathing room can help you learn that you are powerful and can live life without the guiding hands
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Going to college far away is better in many aspects, but sometimes it takes the background information to know why.

In my hometown, everyone knew me since I was a baby, which can put a restraint on your ability to grow as a person. I wanted to find myself, not continue to pretend to be the person that they expected me to be. My education was originally from Conway Christian School, and I felt the need to conform and be perfect.

I forgot who I was and who I wanted to become because I spent too much time trying to impress the people there, or to be someone that they would respect even slightly. The last two years of my high school education were spent at the Academy for Technology and Academics, which I chose because it was one place were I wasn't well known. The small town life didn't touch it because it was a school that incorporated "base" schools but joined the groups together. I was in a new environment that helped shape who I am today. Being able to be myself is why I chose Lander.

I was scared to be alone in the beginning, around people unaware of my mental health and how I react to certain situations, but I was happy because it was a new beginning that helped prove to me that I am stronger than I ever thought. I was able to find who I want to be as an adult without the outside pressure to conform to the life that I was brought up in. Going to Lander or any University that is far from home gives you the space to branch out, to become someone different, and to learn about yourself on a deeper level.

Learning how to cope with the stress of school without running to our parents because they're a short drive away, or figuring out how to solve life's many problems without that helping hand creates a better life for yourself in the end, because you know what you are capable of. I took the space away from my family and noticed that I am headstrong, determined, powerful, and I can make my own life without the help of others.

Take a chance and go away to college, it can be scary but you won't regret the time away and the chance to learn who you truly are.

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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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13 Thoughts Broadcast Journalism Majors Have When Piecing Together Their First News Story

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

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?

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?

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Does what I am saying make sense?

13. What does my script need to look like?

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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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