Category Archives: Campus Life

How I Got an Internship from Career Expo

By Alex Taylor, ’17

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Last year at the CCI Career Expo, I had no idea what to expect, but I decided to take full advantage of the opportunity. I am a Broadcast Journalism major, so I made an effort to try and sit down with every broadcast organization that I knew was going to be there.

I made sure ahead of time to print professional resumes and business cards so that I could talk over them with potential employers and my goal was to find an internship for the summer of 2016.

I left Career Expo feeling good about my meetings with potential employers and within days I had two internship opportunities.

I decided to go with the one that was paid because they were in the same location and why not? I started just a month later at WFMJ in Youngstown, Ohio and was so excited to work in a professional environment.

I had a lot of cool opportunities while at WFMJ. One was attending and covering the Cleveland Cavaliers championship parade in downtown Cleveland.

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Since then I have actually started my second internship that I also found during that same career fair. Internships are so helpful and help you gain so much experience that you cant get just from school. I am so thankful for the CCI Career fair… it’s thanks to that I feel like I’m ahead in my field.

Career Expo is Wednesday, March 1. Students, register here by February 24. 

What’s It Like To Be A Senior?

by Chelsey Elkins

Chelsey ElkinsMy first week as a senior at Kent State flew by quicker than I could have ever imagined. I could not believe it would be the last first day of school for me. As a freshman, you sit in your first class thinking that four years of college is going to take forever, but before you know it, you’re a senior thinking about graduation.

Senior year is definitely everything I thought it would be: slightly stressful, lots of assignments, readings and homework. It’s nice to know that I am in the homestretch…I’m almost done with my undergrad!

I really enjoyed going to all my classes that first week; all the things I am learning about are things that I love. I am very excited to be graduating soon and possibly going on to grad school.

It is also cool to see my dad excited for his first child to graduate college at his alma mater! I am so proud to be a student at Kent State University. It has given me numerous opportunities that have shaped me into the person I am today.

COMM Student Shares Her WhyCCIKent Story

by Amanda Azzarelli

When brainstorming a topic to write about for my first post on the WhyCCIKent blog, it seemed fitting to share my “Why CCI Kent” story.

Why I chose CCI Kent
As a senior in high school, I had no idea what the future had in store for me. I knew I did not understand science, and I could not do simple math without counting on my fingers. I knew I liked to write, and I was good at talking to people. I did not know how any of this translated into a career. When filling out my application for Kent State University, I was prompted to pick a major. After doing a little bit of research on the KSU website, I did something I don’t typically do: I made a spontaneous decision. Normally, I spend a lot of time analyzing (possibly over-analyzing) all of my options before I decide on one. But this time, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this decision, I said to myself, “Hmm, Communication Studies sounds good.” And that was that.

Amanda and friends Kristen Kobe (left) and Alyssa Mazey (right) at the 2014 YouToo Social Media Conference.
Amanda and friends Kristen Kobe (left) and Alyssa Mazey (right) at the 2014 YouToo Social Media Conference.

Why I stayed at CCI Kent
During the second semester of my freshman year, I was enrolled in the course Foundations of Communication. Part of this course was giving a presentation about why I chose to be a Communication Studies major. I felt embarrassed of the answer to that question. All of the other students in the class chose Communication Studies because they had their futures planned out. I picked it almost randomly because I didn’t know what else to pick. I had no idea what I would say in my presentation until I started thinking about all the classes I had taken so far. In that moment, I realized it didn’t matter what brought me to CCI. All that mattered was that I was here. So what if my decision had been spontaneous? That spontaneous decision turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made.

Why CCI Kent is perfect for me
Starting off my junior year, I still don’t have my future planned out…and that’s okay. A degree in Communication Studies is versatile enough that I can apply it to almost any career I decide on. I have narrowed down my concentration to Public Communication and added on minors in Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, and Public Relations. While I am unsure of what direction I want to go in with these degrees, I am confident that I am in the right field because I love all of the courses I am taking. No matter what the future holds for me, I know my experiences with CCI Kent will prepare me for it!

A Kent State Family: Going To School With A Sibling

Meghan and Kayby Meghan Caprez

I’ve always gone to school with my sister Kay. We’re two years apart in age and grade, but no matter what, we’ve always ended up at the same school. After attending our combined elementary and middle school, she decided to go to high school with me. After attending high school, she decided to follow me to Kent State.

I love my sister. We share the same interests and hobbies, so we’re constantly chatting about the most recent Disney movie or the next Broadway musical that will be at Playhouse Square. But having a sibling with you on campus has definite advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages

You have a built-in support system, especially if you’re homesick. Missing mom and dad? It’s okay! Your sibling can help you adjust to college life with the familiarity and comfort of home their presence brings.

A sibling can help you figure out what’s what on campus. Because I’d all ready been in college for two years, I Meghan and Kay Playhousewas able to show my sister some of the best places to eat and hang out and give her advice about dealing with different programs and advisers.

You’ll always have someone to go to campus events with. I have a lot of friends in the musical theatre program, and I love seeing the different productions on campus. Before my sister came to Kent, I’d find myself feeling awkward sitting by myself because none of my friends were really interested in that kind of thing. Now, I count on my sister to attend shows with me. If your sibling isn’t into the same things you are, you’ll probably still be able to guilt them into it.

You can meet new people and encounter new perspectives on campus. Before my sister came to college, I was really only concerned with the things I was learning in the public relations program. My sister is in the College of Education, Health and Human Services, so I’m able to learn a little bit about cutting-edge topics in her field on our drive home every day.

Disadvantages

Transportation. My sister and I both commute from our parents’ house, and we only have one car. What does that mean? A lot of waiting around because our class schedules and work schedules don’t match. It’s tough, and there isn’t anything you can do about it; you just have to compromise.

Depending on how close you are with your sibling, you might fall into the trap of hanging out with him or her TOO much instead of making new friends. You have to make sure that you’re being your own person and making your own connections. Making new friends is one of the best parts of college, so live it up as an independent person!

Overall, the advantages really do outweigh the disadvantages. It’s great to have a sibling on campus!

How To Effectively Manage Your Time in College

By Nicole Gennarelli

Fall semester has started and whether you’re a first year freshman or a first semester senior, one thing every student needs to master is time management. It can be tricky between extracurricular activities, working a part-time job and having a social life, but once you get into the routine of it, I can promise it becomes a lot easier. These tips below will help you become a time managing pro in no time!

1.)    Use a planner and/or agenda– A new thing that incoming freshman aren’t used to are syllabi. It can be overwhelming at first to see every due date for the entire semester in front of you, but writing them down on calendar gives a better idea of when everything is due and when you can start an assignment.  Doing this for every class can help give you a big picture of what your semester will look like and how you can schedule time for work, clubs, sports and friends.

2.)    Plan ahead- The transition into college means that you are gaining a lot more responsibility in your life. Professors expect you to keep up with their assigned readings and have assignments in on time. The most important thing to do with any college homework: plan ahead. Don’t wait to finish a 10 page paper the night before it’s due or assume you can print it when you get to class. Always save your work to a flash drive or create a Dropbox account in case your computer crashes or gets a virus. Also, setting aside blocks of time every week to get your work done can help you cross things off your to-do list. Planning ahead may seem like more work, but it’ll save you stress and anxiety in the end.

3.)    Don’t overload your schedule – Maybe you’re used to taking on a lot of tasks and positions in high school and still pulling straight A’s. However, in college you’re on a different schedule with an increased work load. Don’t pile too much on your plate until you know you’re ready for it. See how your schedule goes for several weeks before taking on other responsibilities. And always remember it’s ok to say “no” if you have school responsibilities that come first.

4.)     Your health is important – This is the first time for many of you where you will be living away from home in a dorm room or apartment. With this rite of passage comes staying up late, eating whatever you want whenever you want, going out until early in the morning, and pulling all nighters to finish homework. These may seem like fun things in the beginning, but they can have a serious effect on your health. Don’t let these patterns become a habit. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, eat healthy, and take advantage of free access to the campus recreation center. Taking care of yourself will ensure that you can get good grades and feel prepared to tackle the semester.

5.)    Schedule some “me time” – Between working, studying, and writing papers, you can start to feel like your life is on auto pilot. Every day is the same routine. To make sure you don’t exhaust yourself, schedule some time for yourself. Whether it be to go shopping, hang out with friends, watch a movie, read a book for fun, whatever it takes your mind off school and gives you time to breath. Focusing on school is important, but focusing on school too much can burn you out half-way through the semester.

How To Make the Most of Your College Experience

By Meghan Caprez

Your college experience is going to be exactly what you make of it. Blunt, I know, but to the point.

I was bound and determined to hate my college experience. When I stepped onto campus during Welcome Weekend, I convinced myself I didn’t belong at Kent State. The university wasn’t my first choice, I was still living with my parents and commuting to school and I had no source of income. I took 15 credit hours of classes five days a week, I picked up my sister from school, and I went home. I was bored and lonely. In true self-fulfilling prophecy fashion, I wasn’t very happy my first semester.

I now realize that my attitude made all the difference. If I had gone into college thinking, “This is a new experience, and I’m going to make the best of it,” my first semester would have gone a lot smoother.

Now, I absolutely love Kent State. I practically bleed blue and gold. I’m involved in multiple clubs and activities, I attend sports and other on-campus events, I have an on-campus job and I hang out with my best friends on almost a daily basis.

As a junior looking back on the mistakes I made my freshman year, I’d like to offer some advice for your first semester at Kent State.

Participate in Welcome Weekend. Utilize every opportunity you’re given to connect yourself to campus. Yes, that means attending ALL of your college’s sessions and going to Blast Off. Blast Off will connect you to many of the campus activities you are able to join. Take time to talk to the booths you are interested in; don’t just show up for the free t-shirts and fireworks. Commuter students, this applies especially to you. It can be very, very difficult feeling like a part of the Kent community when you’re only there for a few hours a day. Set yourself up for happiness by jumping into Kent life from the start.

Me, PR sophomore Michael Lopick, and PR seniors Kirsten Bowers and Caitlin Potts after a PRSSA officer meeting this summer

 Make friends. I know it’ll be difficult, but separate yourself from the friends you may have from high school and focus on making new connections. Yeah, it might be a little awkward and embarrassing, but remember that everyone who will be moving in with you and attending sessions at Welcome Weekend will be new. To loosely paraphrase an old adage from High School Musical, you’re all in this together.

Go to class. It sounds like common sense, but once winter hits and you have to trudge all the way from Eastway to Franklin Hall at 7:45 a.m., you might be tempted to convince yourself that staying in bed is a good idea. It’s not. Go to class. Make a good impression. Your professors are professionals and they have connections that could one day get you a job. Go to class.

Me and PR seniors Breanna Reffel and Kirsten Bowers at the 2012 PRSSA Homecoming silent auction. (photo by Stef Moore)
Me and PR seniors Breanna Reffel and Kirsten Bowers at the 2012 PRSSA Homecoming silent auction. (photo by Stef Moore)

Get involved. Save yourself from the monotony of school work and do something you enjoy. As a CCI major, you have roughly a bazillion options within the college alone. Definitely get involved, especially because our majors require some practical experience. If you’re an EMP major, join TV2. If you’re a public relations major, join PRSSA. But don’t limit yourself to CCI if you have an interest in something else. Do you love My Little Pony? Join the Kent State Bronies and Pegasisters club. Love the movie Pitch Perfect and have a wicked singing voice? Audition for KSU’s a cappella choir, the Kent Clarks! Kent has more than 200 different clubs and activities ranging from KSU Dungeons & Dragons to the May Fourth Task Force. Visit the Center for Student Involvement’s website for a full list of activities and who to contact if you’re interested in joining.

Me and a group of friends and acquaintances waiting to get into the MACC for the Obama visit, 2012 (photo by Angel Mack)
Me and a group of friends and acquaintances waiting to get into the MACC for the Obama visit, 2012 (photo by Angel Mack)

Go to campus events. We all like to make jokes about being poor college kids, but let’s face it: We are. Do you really have the money to go out and see a movie every other weekend? Can you seriously afford to go to that Cavs game? When you really think it through, the answer is probably not. The awesome thing about Kent is that they have campus-wide events every single week. And guess what? A vast majority of them are free. Go to football games. Go see that movie playing in the KIVA Saturday night. And yes, you do want to go to the Drag Show and the Mr. Flash Pageant. Commuter students, I’m giving you another shout out. Don’t even think about hesitating to come to these events. They will connect you to campus life in more ways than you can ever imagine because these are what really make the on-campus living experience.

Go on self-guided tours. I never thought about doing this until one of the advisors at Blackstone Launchpad suggested it to me. Take a buddy and visit one building on campus a week. Explore the building completely. Find out what kind of classes are held there or what kind of students live there, where the professors’ and administrators’ offices are, and where you can find the building’s hidden gems. Did you know there’s an internet cafe in White Hall? There’s a comfy place to read behind the Jazzman’s in Oscar Ritchie Hall. Nursing majors can sometimes be found in Wright Hall in their living-learning community. Curl up with a good Dr. Seuss book in the Reinberger Children’s Library Center. The Bowman Crunch Wrap is to die for. The couches in the Centennial lounges can comfortably seat two full-grown adult strangers, or three to four really good friends. These are the kinds of things you can learn about your university that make it feel more like home.

Keep parents informed. I know you’ve had at least 18 years of parents breathing down your neck about school and extracurriculars, but they really do care about your well-being. Give them a call once a week to let them know what’s up. They want to know that you hate this professor or you were pleasantly surprised by that Kent Core class. They want to know that you joined this club or went to that basketball game. Talking to your parents on a regular basis can also help keep homesickness at bay and keep you going until Parents’ and Family Day (September 7, KSU vs. Bowling Green. Go Flashes!).

C-SPAN Bus to Visit Kent State on Friday, Feb. 15

The C-SPAN Bus, an interactive multi-media learning center, will visit Kent State University on Friday, Feb. 15, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The 45-foot bus will be located in the front of Kent State’s Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center and will be open for free tours for students, faculty, staff and the general public.

C-SPAN (Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) is a private, non-profit company created in 1979 by the cable television industry as a public service.

The C-SPAN Bus brings the network’s coverage of public affairs to communities nationwide and teaches students how to follow events in Washington, D.C. Educators, media specialists, high school and middle school students, college students, legislators and voters are all welcomed aboard.

According to the network, the bus provides teachers a way to gain access to C-SPAN Classroom and its website, www.c-spanclassroom.org. Used by thousands of teachers nationwide, C-SPAN Classroom offers a vast library of video clips that can be downloaded, clipped and saved. Educators also will find lesson plans that can be used to teach a variety of civics lessons on current events and history. Topics include President Barack Obama’s Cabinet, polls, landmark Supreme Court cases and the Constitution.

With its liberal copyright policy and the network’s vast video archives, educators can easily access relevant primary source content to support the social studies topics they teach at absolutely no cost using C-SPAN Classroom.

“Through interactive computers, students and visitors will learn about C-SPAN resources, including our video library,” said Christina Whirl, marketing specialist for C-SPAN. “We’ll be on campus to promote ways that students and the community can utilize C-SPAN’s online archive for class assignments, projects or presentations.”

Visitors to the C-SPAN Bus can view several interactive demonstrations about the network’s programming and how to use C-SPAN Video Library – an archive featuring 190,000 hours of programming that dates back to 1986 – for assignments and projects.

For more information about the C-SPAN Bus, visit www.c-span.org/Community