I May Not Be A Teacher, But I Am The Daughter Of One

I May Not Be A Teacher, But I Am The Daughter Of One

Teaching isn't just a job, it's a way of life.

I am also the niece of one, the granddaughter of both a high school teacher and a college professor, and for a long time even considered becoming one. So, needless to say, teaching is in my blood.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” - William Arthur Ward

There is this idea of teachers that many non-teachers have and that is this picture of when a teacher goes home, their mind goes back to their ‘normal life’ and they lose the emotional attachment they have during the day as if they’re simply playing a role.

The reality is far from the idea. I grew up the daughter of a teacher and I know this is false.

For many teachers teaching isn't just a job, but something they love to do. It's a way of life.

As a child, I can remember the countless times my mother brought her work home with her; whether it was grading papers, writing lesson plans, or cutting out laminate— which I often helped her with. It extended far beyond the classroom and I could always tell how much she loved her students.

I am so proud to be the daughter of a teacher.

Teaching was once considered to be a noble career and now it has become one that is stigmatized and thought of as a "backup plan".

While the majority of a teacher's job is to teach, they also learn things from their students as well and strive to make the best possible impacts on them as they can. Getting rid of teachers or shunning people for wanting to or becoming one is not the answer.

Teachers are not thugs, they work just as hard as anyone else (maybe a bit harder sometimes).

Education makes us thrive as a society and with a lack of it, we become ignorant.

Yes, teachers may not make all that much, but they aren't in it for the money. Teachers are in it to make a difference. They don't just teach, but they inspire.

People who can do that make great teachers. Without teachers, whether it be those in my family or ones I had in school, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I wouldn't be pursuing the career path I am, without their guidance and support.

A teacher won't back down without fighting. They not only teach students about their specific subject, but they are able to teach them about life and prepare them for success.

They not only work the eight hours school is in session, but bring their work home with them.

They love children. What are we telling those children if we don't value the people that teach them? They don't matter? That they aren't important? Children are the future, they are worth the time and investment.

I may not be a teacher, but I am the daughter of one.

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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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