Mid-Semester Crisis

Mid-Semester Crisis

What am I doing in college?


Just like myself, many students are entering into their third or fourth week of college. Stamina isn't up as far as it was the week before, and every morning you wake up a little more tired. The days just seem to creep by so much slower but there isn't any more time added to them.

I feel like I've been run over by a car and this week hasn't even started. When your tired everything can seem ten times as bad as it really is. Here are some tips to help you focus on the best of things.

Positive Self Talk

The way we talk to ourselves reflects how we feel. If we beat ourselves up over failing a test it will most likely affect your mood for the rest of the day. Instead, look at the work you did for the test. Did you study? How much did you study? Were your studying methods effective? I find it helpful to track how much I'm studying each week. It helps me physically see where I need to study more.

Major Blues

The middle of the semester is always when I start questioning my major. Is this the right place for me? Do I like what I'm doing? If you're feeling lost in your major go talk to your advisor or friends in your major and other majors. Also, talk to those that are ahead of you in their studies, you may just be in a hard patch right now. Remember the working world will not be identical to your college day so do not get discouraged.

Friends for a Semester

Some of the friends you will make in college will only be there for a few semesters. It's always hard to say goodbye to a friend. If you're feeling lonely because your friends went back home or transferred to another university. Reach out to them! Facetime them or send them a text, because most likely they are feeling the same way you are. If you're looking to make some new friends try out a new club, and remember its always okay to go by yourself.

The Never Ending Race

For many students, this is their last semester in college. The idea of graduating is a relief to some and major pressure on others. I think it is important to remember that you've been doing this for a little over three years at this point. This isn't your first time at the rodeo you know what you need to do to graduate. You made it this far, keep pushing.

If you just started this journey and are already feeling the pressure of graduating. Remember that college is the same length as high school. Just like high school if you blink college will be over and you will be graduating. So take your time and don't waste too much of your time wishing it away.

College is hard no matter how you twist it. We all have struggles that are going on outside of college that affects our studies. It's okay to cry and let it out, but do not let it hinder you. Make another pot of coffee and keep it moving.

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

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?

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

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?

camera angle

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?

tag line

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?

news graphics

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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