The Day Before The Semester Starts

The Day Before The Semester Starts

The inevitable is upon us.

Another winter break has come and gone. As we begin to mentally groan at the fact that spring semester is starting up, I can’t help but think about how everyone else is preparing for the beginning of the next four months of solid education. A typical day leading up to the spring would probably go something like this:


Here's younger sibling going off to high school (Haha sucker); checks phone and goes back to sleep


Actually wakes up


Go to kitchen to eat…there’s nothing to eat, like always


Dressed, looking around the tornado you call a room


Shove everything into your closet (you won’t see this closet for a while)


Finish all the chores your parents made you do (since it’ll be their last shot before you leave)


Pack everything that you really need for the semester


Pack everything that you think you need for the semester


Load up the car, cramming every bit of stuff that you can in the back


Say goodbye to the fam, this winter break was a blast


You finally get on the road


Hit God forsaken traffic


Still in traffic


Here comes the rage

6 pm

Long honking


Yelling ‘MOVE!!!’ at everyone

6:30 pm

You made it to school; lug everything to your place

6:35 pm

Dump everything on the floor; lay on your bed and text the crew to meet up

6:40 pm

No one is coming until 9pm

6:45 pm

Push all your stuff to one side of your room (by the end of syllabus week, itll be organized)

7 pm

Stock the fridge with all your food (Oh yeah! No more sharing)

7:15 pm

Pig out on all the good snacks; look sadly at fridge

7:30 pm

Have a music battle with your neighbor since they are having a party without you

8 pm

Lay on couch and scroll through social media

8:05 pm

Get text from mom about how much she misses you; go back to social media

8:30 pm

Responds back with a “miss you too”

8:35 pm

Change into something cute

8:50 pm

Walk over to dining area to meet up with friends

9 pm

Hug everyone and head inside


Grab food


Sit together and talk about eachothers’ breaks


Finish eating; lay in a food coma for minute


Everyone heads to your place


You all chill in the living room


Someone looks at the clock and the reality sinks in


Everyone begins to cry because it’s the beginning of another semester and you’re still not a senior


Talk about you guys are all going to try to do better this semester


Laugh at the lie you all told yourselves


Watch Grey's Anatomy (because it’s the best)


You look the clock (damn you should’ve gone to sleep)


Trudge to bed and lay down, closes eyes for what felt like 5 mins


Alarm goes off…it’s the beginning

Good Luck Everyone!

Cover Image Credit: Deb Greengold

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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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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?

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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?


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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?

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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?


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?


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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