I underestimated Com 210, the work was much more time-consuming than I anticipated coming into it. It seemed as if it would be never-ending work and I hated it because of this. I soon discovered that my problem wasn’t with the course or its assignments, but was really with me. I always procrastinated and when I finally did my work, I just tried finishing it as fast as possible. This type of work ethic wouldn’t cut it for this class, something had to give; I could either continue to approach school with a lazy attitude and likely fail this course or I could stop making excuses for myself, take pride in my work and actually apply myself.
My favorite project to work on was the audio story; it took longer than I thought it would, but I enjoyed the process of cutting and editing sound bites and made me more excited about my future career. However, the part I enjoyed most was the recording process for the video story. Let me be clear, I didn’t enjoy thinking of ways I could record and write a story that is related to sports radio or sports journalism; that took forever and I went through a few ideas. I even got footage and started editing it, but halfway through, I realized I had no clue where I was going with it and had to start over. I had to get completely different footage to use because I could not think of a way to use what I had and make a story out of it. I eventually ended up filming myself writing a mock draft. This was my favorite part of the class because for this, I had to research my subject for hours then finally write up my article. I was doing what I want to do with my life, for this project. For the first time, it felt like my dream of becoming a host of my own sports talk show and writing for the station’s blog was actually achievable. I have never been more excited about my future than when I was working on that part of my video project.
This course wasn’t necessarily focusing on skills that I will be using in my planned career pathway, but I learned a lot, and it is good to have plenty of skills in case my career doesn’t go exactly as planned. One skill that I learned that I know I will be using is the ability to run a blog online. We had to embed and post all of our projects on our own blog along with blog posts such as this. This is an important skill to know for me because I plan on getting into sports journalism. More specifically, I want to host my own sports talk show. To get there, however, I will have to spend time working as a writer, either as a beat writer covering a team or managing the blog of the station I will hopefully work for one day. It is very useful to me even now as I want to run my own sports blog in the meantime, building up plenty of work to use as a portfolio to show my prospective employers and possibly, though not likely, gain some recognition online. Something that I would have liked to learn is how to put graphics like pictures or videos in the middle of my articles in order to help give a better visual understanding of what I am trying to say. In my articles that I write, I often times explain things and have a stat or a sample in mind that I would like to put in my work so the reader can see what I am seeing, but I didn’t learn how to do that in this class; however it wasn’t really part of the course objective so I can’t complain. Whenever I had questions or was looking for inspiration, everything I needed was either on the course blog or could be found through it. I never had go to an outside source to find information.
I used to procrastinate and never really put my full effort into my work, and it caused a lot of unnecessary stress. Over the course of the semester, I stopped doing this and started to take school seriously. I became a perfectionist; nothing is finished until there is literally nothing else I can do to it. I won’t turn it in unless I feel the assignment represents my best efforts. I finally started to take pride in my work, and changed my work ethic so nothing is rushed or left to the end. I owe this new approach to school work to this class, Com 210, because it forced me to better my work ethic.