PSA To Any 4-Year University Student, It May Take Longer Than You Think #TheTruthHurts

PSA To Any 4-Year University Student, It May Take Longer Than You Think #TheTruthHurts

It's probably going to take you longer than four years to graduate even if you know what you want to study.


We've all had that late night panic session that makes you contemplate your future life decisions. Those worries about graduating on time or even graduating at all. It is becoming more and more common nowadays for students to take longer than four years to graduate. Why is this?

Attending a four-year university is really stressful and anxiety filled when it comes to graduating on time. According to a New York Times article, only 19% of students graduate within the four year time period at most public schools. In addition, only 50 out of 580 public four-year universities graduate their students on time.

I noticed this as a trend while taking to some upperclassmen on campus, it got me thinking. Why does it take so much longer than four years? Multiple scenarios came to mind such as, students not knowing what major they want to pursue, failing a class or two, taking a leave of absence, etc. The universities make it seem like it 'normal' or even 'easy' to graduate on time if you just follow their path.

I was always under the impression when going to a four-year university, that if you took a solid amount of credits each semester or quarter and didn't fail classes you could graduate on time fairly easily. Soon I realized this was very wrong. I came into college with thirty credits from high school and I'm still behind and scheduled to graduate late.

I don't know about many other universities but, Western Washington University has General University Requirements (GUR's) which are essentially specific classes every student has to complete before graduation. They're supposed to give students structure and allow them to be well rounded. In theory, GUR's are very helpful and can lead a student to study a topic they never knew about. I really like the idea behind the university required classes however, they should not have to be the reason for graduating late.

Students chose to attend college and it is very expensive. I don't believe that it is right to require certain classes that may not be interesting or have anything to do with students majors.

I do believe all students should be well rounded in their education but not at the expensive of graduating a year or more late.

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

"It's happening!!!"

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.


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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