'So, What Are You Doing After Graduation...?'

'So, What Are You Doing After Graduation...?'

To everyone who asks me, "what are you doing after you graduate?"

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"What are you going to do after graduation?"

Boy, don't I wish I knew.

All I know is that I will walk across the stage, get my (expensive) piece of paper, maybe shotgun a beer in celebration of surviving these tedious yet priceless years and hug my cat. After graduation, I'll probably update my Facebook profile saying "Graduated from James Madison University." I'll clean out my room and apartment 2511 in Harrisonburg along with my three roommates. We'll probably have to paint our chalkboard wall back to a normal color and patch up all the holes and scrapes that we made during our time here. Our graveyard that commemorates all the nights we don't remember will be taken down and thrown out. We'll say goodbye to our neighbors, our deck that faces the mountains, and Leo the lion statue that sits on the deck. We will turn in our keys and pool bands to the leasing office.

In one week I'll be registering for my last semester of classes. It's my last 'hunger games' for getting into the so few requirements that I have left. I'll never have to wake up at obscure times or 'take a bathroom break' during a class to go and register during my time slot.

I don't know what I'm doing after graduation. I'm not going to grad school. I don't have a job or an internship lined up waiting for me. I don't know where I'll be living. Honestly, I don't even know what I want to do with my degrees.

Once I graduate, I don't know who's going to stay in contact with me and who's going to drop me like a hot potato. I'll pass down my fraternity letters to my little and exchange my nightly library groutfit for a cap and gown. I'll never get student discounts again and I will finally never have to keep track of my JACard. I'll never have holiday breaks and going out on a Thursday will look washed-up.

Gone will be the nights where I would sit in my roommate's room and watch World of Dance. Gone will be the times where we all sit around and debate if we should go out or stay in. I will no longer have access to a free gym membership and free football tickets. When I come back to visit, will I be welcomed or will I feel awkward and out of place?

I'll say goodbye to my home for the past four years. I'll go to Backcountry and Brickhouse one last time. I'll cry on the quad for old times sake and I'll try one last time to pet a quad cat. I'll walk through Forbes and Harrison Hall; the two buildings that I sold my soul to and I'll thank my professors for giving me their wisdom and being so patient with me.

So what am I doing after graduation? I don't know. But I do know that because of my school and the relationships I formed, I'm sure I'll be alright.

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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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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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