The Greatest Lesson I Learned In College

The Greatest Lesson I Learned In College

Sometimes the hard choices are the best ones to make.

Alright…so maybe my title is a bit bold since I still have about two months left of my last semester of undergrad. However, my four short years of undergrad have been quite unusual. Maybe my college experience is more common than I think. Either way, my winding road college journey has taught me a great lesson.

So if you don’t know me, I decided after 3 semesters of being an engineering student to change my major. Due to numerous difficulties, I ended up transferring universities after my sophomore year of college. So you probably are wondering what my big life lesson is that I keep mentioning. Well, it is this: Do what makes you happy and what is necessary to care for yourself.

Before changing majors, I dreaded returning to campus after Thanksgiving break. There was nothing wrong with my old university. I just hated the major I was in and realized it. The biggest issue was finding a new major. I honestly hated the idea of changing my path in life. As much as I wanted to change my major, I was scared. I wanted to graduate in four years as well as do something fulfilling with my life. I did so much research and prayed about it. I felt lost. I had always had a backup plan to become a bio major, but I dreaded the career options. Despite all these things, I decided on exercise science- pre physical therapy and Walsh was where I wanted to go to physical therapy school. The craziest part is I prematurely ended up there. And I have no regrets.

Looking back at the time before all of these changes, I was fearful, stressed, and not the person I always knew myself to be. I hated school, which was not normal. I couldn’t find the motivation to do my schoolwork. I did it, but it took 10 times longer to do so. The best decision I made was to change my major and although I didn’t immediately picture myself being a physical therapist, I do now. I am so grateful that I had supportive parents, one of which actually mentioned transferring universities when difficulties surrounding changing my major arose. I know that not everyone has that support, which is why I am so grateful.

What I learned was that if you aren’t happy in life, you can change it. Do what you need to do. Go where you feel called. Don’t let anyone stop you from being the best version of yourself (Matthew Kelly, anyone?). Change majors. Transfer schools. Find a new job. Nothing should stop you from loving life and enjoying what you are doing. You have a purpose! If you don’t have anyone’s support on the matter, you have mine! Do what you need to do so that you are happy mentally, spiritually, and physically. I cannot describe the relief, hope, and joy that flooded my soul when I made these decisions.

Every day I am reminded why my change of major and transferring schools was the right choice. The people I have met at both universities and the opportunities since transferring are some of the greatest blessings in my life. My path was far from straight, but it was one heck of a journey! It is one that I look back on with complete joy and gratitude.

God is great and wants you to thrive!

Cover Image Credit: Katherine Schaffner

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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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?

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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?


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?

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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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