Reflecting My Memories Spent at TTU vs MTSU:

Even though I have attended two different universities in the state of Tennessee, the memories I spent there will always stay with me forever.

While I was attending Tennessee Tech for one year, I learned:

  • How to become a bit more social although I was still shy and afraid to speak my mind.
  • Not to light a candle in the dormitory because it will set the alarm off in the early hours of the morning. I knew of course not to do that but someone else did it and everyone had to rush outside as quickly as possible.
  • Ask questions to my professors when I am unsure of something which could reflect my homework grade.
  • Walk around campus and locate each building where my courses were going to be held.
  • Include my roommate when there are dorm activities involved.
  • Arrive back on campus around 3 Sunday afternoon because parking in the dorm spots are full afterwards.

Meanwhile at Middle Tennessee State University, I learned:

  • To join MTSU Sidelines and learn how to write in the lifestyles section before writing news.
  • Arrive on campus one hour early because parking spots are fully booked around 8:15 a.m.
  • Spend as much time at the library and gymnasium will help relax my mind while working on my homework assignments.
  • Receiving encouragement and useful advice from my journalism instructor will help me become more motivated and passionate about the time and effort I put into my work as a blogger and future journalist. And to never give up quickly!

My Walker Stalker Convention Experience:

On Saturday, June 3, I attended my first Walker Stalker Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

It was my 24th birthday and I met two of my favorite actors from The Walking Dead: Emily Kinney as Beth Greene and Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene. Despite misunderstandings about general admissions and where the lines were held due to the staff confusion and being rude to people time after time again, the line moved as quickly as it did and around 10:45, I made it in there where action figures were displayed and actors signed autographs.

The actors were very courteous and I enjoyed my time there although the prices are costly for autographs and selfies. But in the end, it was worth spending a day downtown Nashville meeting people I’d thought I would never meet in a million years. If you are a fan of The Walking Dead TV series, I highly encourage you to go and meet your favorite character actor. They are very welcoming and enjoy communicating with their fans.

My experience may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity but I am glad to step outside of my barriers and got to meet my favorite celebrities although I should have  asked a few questions about their past film careers because their acting has improved significantly overtime with experience and practice. Not to mention but ask them what advice would they give to youngsters who are interested in pursuing a career in acting.

Experience from Encountering an Angry Fan on the Internet:

When I was seventeen years old, I had an encounter from an angry fan on the internet whom happened to be an obsessed fan of this actor who played on The Walking Dead. It all began when I made a comment on one of the actor’s fan pages on Facebook and she, the angry fan, replied to my comment in a nice manner. We began talking and befriended each other a little while later. She seemed very nice but boy was I in for a one year-long ride with her irrational, bipolar and obsessed behavior.

She and I use to communicate via messenger on Facebook up until three-four in the morning about our favorite actor. Then a few months later, she began to block some of the pictures and posts about the actor for an unknown reason. I sent her an email and she would respond with a hateful tone, stating for example, “Your artwork stinks. Have a nice life!” Sure, it hurt me on the inside because I was communicating with someone who happens to like the same actor’s work. I apologized for no reason and profusely, asking her for forgiveness if I said anything to offend her, in which I didn’t. Now that I look back on it, I shouldn’t have apologized and let her go without responding. One year later, I sent her an email and she still responded with hate. But one month later, she apologized to me but I did not let it go and told her off. She was strange and it was time to relieve myself from someone who might suffer from what is to be known as “Celebrity Worship Syndrome.” Not only was she in love with the actor’s work, but him and his personal life. She was delusional along with a dangerous borderline personality disorder.

My first encounter with her did not work the first time round and it surely did not do so the second time round, either. She blocked me from viewing her YouTube videos and fan page in regards to one of the characters on The Walking Dead. It taught me a valuable lesson that you should be careful with who you associate online because they can be nice to you at first but then find out later that they are the opposite of what you experienced at first hand. If anyone else has experienced this sort of behavior online, you are not alone. Do not be afraid to stand up for yourself and drop communication with that person as quickly and with little pain as possible.

Yearbook Staff Paperwork:

It has been six years since I was on the yearbook staff in high school and while it was a short ride, I have kept some paperwork to help enhance my writing style and photography skills for the future. Fast forward to 2017 and while I take a look at the paperwork and my yearbook staff work sometimes, it definitely helped me out quite a bit with both of these skills, as well as preparing me how to interview people and what journalism is all about.

The paperwork I was given while in high school consisted of how Online Design for Walsworth Co. works and terms that are used and misused commonly. For example, “accept” and “except.” The difference between them is that “accept” is meant as a way of gladly receiving a gift, whereas, “except” is something you are glad to be receiving something, “but” are refusing the gift because you don’t feel like you deserve the gift in the first place. In other words, you accept the gift, except you are refusing it because did your work out of kindness. That type of paper was given to the students so it would help strengthen our writing abilities.

Pictures of what was mentioned in this post has been updated to another post!

Experience with MagCloud:

For nearly three years, I have been using MagCloud to build small photography projects. This time, I created a photo card and my next project is the 2016 pet calendar which won’t be due until January 7th. There are many things one can learn from building and creating their own projects on this website and they are:

  1. Take the tools you are given and build from there. You may not have all of the Adobe products, but at least you can use Acrobat and Microsoft Word to turn a photo card into something unique. 
  2. You can take what you have learned and grow from it. In other words, you learn how to adjust to the layouts from what you download and turn the project into something you can be proud of. 
  3. You are your own editor-in-chief. You make the decisions regarding how you select your project themes, when the assignments are due and when you are ready for the project to be published. To put it bluntly, you are your own boss. 
  4. MagCloud is not just about creating photo books. There are many things you can create which can lead to opened doors for you. For example, you can create flyers for a business, Christmas photo cards for you and your family members and newsletters. 

Journalism Students: How to Build Credentials

When we all think of the word, “credentials,” it pops into our minds as a work portfolio, or  work experience we’ve gained under our belts. Truth be told, “credentials,”  is defined through what is listed above. Now the question for journalism students is, “How can we build our credentials?”

First and foremost, you must…

#1: Partake in internships-Don’t just do one internship, but partake in many to help you understand the concept of what certain bosses expect from you and your work performance.

#2: Participate in Extracurricular Activities that pertains to journalism-For example, writing for the yearbook and newspaper staffs. It will help you learn what your editors are looking for and you will be able to differentiate between yearbook style writing and newspaper style writing.

#3: Interview and Connect with Someone who’s experienced in the field of journalism-If you have a relative who knows someone who used to work in the journalism field, contact them, ask for an interview and connect with them. Advice is a great tool to receive from them because it will teach you something that was never taught in school.

These three are some of the ways how to build credentials. Credentials help you get a job and will help the boss understand who you are, what experience you have and what you can gain from working at a certain station.

#credentials, #experience, #journalism-students, #portfolio

Media Writing Class & Internship Experience: What I’ve Learned From Both

My first internship at my hometown local newspaper was phenomenal. From writing a few stories to taking pictures of certain places and interviewing business owners/directors, this gave me a new perspective on how newspaper journalists report their stories.

From my Media Writing class, I’ve learned that:

#1: When you write a story, the first paragraph is about the “What.” In other words, what happened at the store.

#2: The story is written in past tense.

#3: Before you interview someone, the first five questions you ask that person should be basic and the last five questions need to be complex.

As for my internship, I’ve learned…

#1: The story has to have a certain amount of words to be considered a “story.”

#2: On certain days, newspapers must be delivered to certain places and not every day is about writing and interviewing.

#3: Photographs are rarely used in newspapers. Most stories and advertisements are published every week in the paper.

#4: Write down a list of questions before interviewing a business owner and ask for clarification after you wrote down their answers because it is never okay to end the conversation, twist their words and send it to your editor for a newspaper publication. It will not only look bad on your part if you end it and not ask to go over their answers, but it will make the individual and newspaper look bad and unorganized.