The Week Before Exams Worries

The Week Before Exams Worries

The death of procrastination.

It's about that time for a lot of us, and many of us are in the midst of finals week right now. It can be a hard time but if you are committed to your academics and willing to put in the time you neglected earlier, anything is possible.

1. That ten page paper you've known about since the beginning of the semester

Also the other three you've neglected up until this point and wonder where all this work came from.

2. Having time to study

Going to the library is a must during this time and is always packed, so you have to plot out the best times to snag a table or study room. Everyone has the same idea and wants to cram a whole semester's-worth of material into the three days before the exam.

3. Making To-Do Lists

Taking a few minutes or a half hour to write down everything you have to do and rank them in order of importance. Wasting time instead of actually doing one of these items can either help you be more productive later or stress you out more and be what keeps you from getting anything done.

4. Forgetting Something on the To Do List

There's always one thing that happens to be left off the list and forgotten until the night before. Then you're stuck working on that until three in the morning instead of sleeping.

5. Portfolios

Seniors or other majors that have to compile a collection of their works and progress spend hours on these folders of work. Content ranges from a year to your entire college career.

6. Work

Most students I know have a job on top of their schooling to worry about. Sometimes you get lucky and don't have to work on the important days, but other times you need the hours. It comes down to time management and multitasking.

7. Down Time

Having time for yourself seems to be rare, but then you find yourself on your phone wasting your day away. It's good to take a nap, but it's also nice to have your work finished.

8. Finals being in a week

Just thinking about this gets you all worked up.

9. Internships

Finding somewhere to work over the summer is a priority, and adding that internship to your résumé will appeal to your future employer down the road.

10. Life in general

Life can be a mess and stress you out most of the time, but it also gives you the ability to overcome challenges and realize that you are capable of anything you set your mind to, even if you wait until the week before to start working on that.

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I Blame My Dad For My High Expectations

Dad, it's all your fault.

I always tell my dad that no matter who I date, he's always my number one guy. Sometimes I say it as more of a routine thing. However, the meaning behind it is all too real. For as long as I can remember my dad has been my one true love, and it's going to be hard to find someone who can top him.

My dad loves me when I am difficult. He knows how to keep the perfect distance on the days when I'm in a mood, how to hold me on the days that are tough, and how to stand by me on the days that are good.

He listens to me rant for hours over people, my days at school, or the episode of 'Grey's Anatomy' I watched that night and never once loses interest.

He picks on me about my hair, outfit, shoes, and everything else after spending hours to get ready only to end by telling me, “You look good." And I know he means it.

He holds the door for me, carries my bags for me, and always buys my food. He goes out of his way to make me smile when he sees that I'm upset. He calls me randomly during the day to see how I'm doing and how my day is going and drops everything to answer the phone when I call.

When it comes to other people, my dad has a heart of gold. He will do anything for anyone, even his worst enemy. He will smile at strangers and compliment people he barely knows. He will strike up a conversation with anyone, even if it means going way out of his way, and he will always put himself last.

My dad also knows when to give tough love. He knows how to make me respect him without having to ask for it or enforce it. He knows how to make me want to be a better person just to make him proud. He has molded me into who I am today without ever pushing me too hard. He knew the exact times I needed to be reminded who I was.

Dad, you have my respect, trust, but most of all my heart. You have impacted my life most of all, and for that, I can never repay you. Without you, I wouldn't know what I to look for when I finally begin to search for who I want to spend the rest of my life with, but it might take some time to find someone who measures up to you.

To my future husband, I'm sorry. You have some huge shoes to fill, and most of all, I hope you can cook.

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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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