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The Course That Might Have Changed My Life

College courses can be weird.

Every semester, students sit down at their computers to register for courses.  Once you get your final schedule set in place, some might start to think, ‘Why do I need to take this course?  How will it help me in the long run?’  You really go into the next semester blind.  What will the workload be like?  How will the professor be?  Nice?  Mean?  Crazy?  I usually think, “My grade, my future, is not only in my hands but it’s really in the hands of my professor.”  What if I write an opinion paper that goes every-which-way against what my professor believes?  Will my grade reflect that?  Usually, professors like different types of writing styles.  Will I need to adapt to a new style?

After thinking of these for weeks, the first day of a new semester begins and you get that syllabus in your hands.  Rules rules rules rules rules and a bunch of work.  You can feel the air in the room become more dense and a heavy sigh comes from the mouths of most of the students.

I just recalled what happened in my Journalism 200 course this past semester.  The dense air could be because the room was in the basement of Morrill Hall but the syllabus was huge and filled with assignments.  The professor came off as a little tough and told us how she expected us to work hard at this course.  It was a W course too.  You know, just to add to the stress of  walking into an entirely new concept of college courses.  As a video major, I haven’t written a proper paper in years, yet alone an article.

Then, day number two arrived and everything took a 180.

The professor was instantly nicer, the lecture was fun, and the first assignment was handed in with confidence.  Writing that first article was like riding a bike.  I knew then that this course was something special.  You only get one of them every few years:  A course that you look at afterwards and know that it will be a course you will never forget.

Not only will this be a course that I will never forget, but it could be a course that changed my entire life.

It’s funny to write that but it is because of that professor and that course which changed my mind about my career.  I wanted to go into media business and broadcast video.  After writing about twelve articles, I put two and two together:  My love for writing and my love for news.  And out came a career change to journalism.

I went into the Journalism 200 course looking for a W credit and came out with the idea to add a BA in Journalism to my college resume.  The good thing is, I’m almost done with my Communication major.  I still have plenty of university requirements and now all I need is nine courses in journalism to get that degree.

By the way, that professor is Helen Bennett (no relation).  It’s because of her class that I have chosen a different career path and it couldn’t have come a moment too soon.  From the brutal revisions to the encouraging emails, Professor Bennett, in just one semester, could have changed my college experience, career, and eventually my life.

It just goes to show that patience and perseverance is a virtue and that one class you may think is awful, pointless and a waste of time at first could just end up being the one course in college you will never regret taking.

-Chris

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Playing Catch Without Arms

Have you ever woken up in the morning and say to yourself, “I need something new.”?  I don’t mean a new car or a new DVD. I’m also not referring to a new girlfriend. What I mean by new is changing something about yourself, your routine.

With winter breaking approving in just a few days, I figured I needed something new to do to fill the void of sitting threw classes all week and doing research for my Journalism courses. And thus, the solution to my dilemma was another blog.

Another you might ask?

Yes, this is my fourth blog. Two were more or less small things I threw together during high school. The other was a serious blog about two Blizzard Entertainment games which fell off the face of the planet due to no news coming out earlier this year.

What I plan on doing with this blog is not necessarily write about news but I’m going to try writing about what I need to talk about. It could be as simple as a bad call in a football game or even about a great game. It could be about something I’m writing about for a Journalism course. It could even be about the simple things life what we just overlook.

An example of this could be how we overlook our arms. It’s quite difficult to play catch without arms. But what about those that do loose their arms? How are they going to ever play catch with their son in the front yard or drive a car to work? There are plenty of war veterans who don’t have arms who will never be able to do those activities again (that is unless robotic arm technology becomes more available to the public). It’s those kind of issues I want to be able to bring up. Most likely, those issues will not be as serious as loosing your arms but something to at least make you stop and think.

That is what I’ve discovered about Journalism: There’s so many issues out there to discuss and too many get unnoticed. My major is mainly Video Production and I recently added Journalism to my college resume. There’s just too many issues in one semester to talk about and in the ones you really do write, you can never voice your own opinion. It’s a rule that only the “Opinions Writer” can voice an opinion. Even still, the writer must convey evidence from reliable sources. That’s fair, but a pain to know that you’re right and you still need someone to tell you what you already know. It’s as if I was writing an article on how the sky is blue and grass is green. I know the sky is blue and the grass is green but I need someone to tell me that.

So, I’m writing here because I want to voice my opinions and keep myself writing. I want to write a lot and all the time. Practice makes perfect. Will it be everyday? I sure hope so, but probably not. There will be days where I just won’t have the time, nor the will, to write a long post. But I hope you will come back and I hope you will comment and give feedback and your own opinions on topics. I will be writing my own opinions and you should have the same opportunity.

-Chris

PS:  I made the header through Photoshop.  Pretty proud of myself on this one 🙂

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