By Andrew Gardner
In today’s busy world students are becoming more and more pressured into effectively and strategically managing their personal lives around things like work and school. It is not uncommon to see students try to juggle a full time job with 12 or more credit hours. Personally, I graduated from Medina Senior High in 2002 and attended Cuyahoga Community College for two years before coming to Kent. During this time, I worked full time at KFC and also transported a co-worker to Northfield Park Race Track four days a week for the extra cash. Although it was a heavy burden to work so much and also be a full time student, I found that time management was the key to my success. One thing I started to do was make flash cards. I would use these at work at KFC in slow periods to review chapter material for tests and so forth. When I was at Northfield Park I used the four hour time window to do my homework, read chapters and study.
I think one of the things that really helped me in this period was the fact that because I was paying my own way through college, I took it more seriously and was driven to achieve good grades. I also believe my time spent at CCC really prepared me for college life and my transition to Kent State. One thing that has really helped me with my busy lifestyle is the excellent advancements in online distance learning classes. In 2002, CCC offered these classes, but they were nowhere near the quality of the ones offered today through KSU.These classes made it possible for me to stay at home and work on my own time and I think they were essential for my success.
By Nicole Gennarelli
The Poynter KSU Media Ethics Workshop was extremely interesting. I got the chance to actually work behind-the-scenes for part of it in the morning, as well as sit in and listen to the Online News Association (ONA) panelists. The panel consisted of John Kroll, from the Plain dealer; Michelle Jarboe, from the Plain Dealer; and Bruce Winges, from the Akron Beacon Journal. The topic was Reporters and the Audience: A two-way street.
John Kroll talked about how the Plain Dealer has a three prong program that deals with taking down offensive comments posted online. Reporters like to engage with the reader over stories and allow a two-way street for communication. He talked about how reporters decide where to draw lines on rude comments, and that they have started to remove comments that cause controversy.
Michelle Jarboe talked about how she remembered when commenting was not open to the public. She was thrilled when she could respond to sources and readers’ comments on the website. Every time someone comments on one of her stories she receives and e-mail and she asks herself, “Do I really need to comment on this?” Sometimes comments require more than one answer and others she decides to let go because she has more important work.
Bruce Winges discussed how it is always good to look for a way to interact with readers. Blogs, Facebook and social media platforms allow readers to have a positive or negative voice in stories that are published. He has realized that when stories get posted on Facebook, the conversations about them get better. Winges also talked about how at the end of a story there is a reminder to “play nice” for readers. It’s not always a good idea to post controversial comments on certain stories. Some overly controversial stories will have comments blocked completely.
Overall, it was a great experience. I had a great time working behind the scenes and listening to media experts. I learned a lot and can’t wait for next year’s workshop.
“Why are you here?” you’re thinking.
I know. There are literally countless websites out there. Blogs galore. Twitter, Flikr, Tumbr, YouTube… And oh yea that other big one… what was it? Anyways. You know where to find information when you want it. But, when it comes to being a student, what about the stuff that no one writes about? The real questions you want to know about your university. Or even about your program specifically? What happens when at 1:24 a.m. you try to Google “What the garbage is controlled registration and why isn’t it letting me register for VCD II?”
College can be a frustrating place for a student. You’re a quasi-adult now so, prepare for a professional career, pursue your passions, have some fun, and oh yea, get good grades.
Have you ever just wanted someone to say, “Why Johhny (or Jeany for all the ladies out there), we don’t have this controlled registration business to stop you from finishing your degree in time, we just don’t want those G.D. Art Students accidentally registering for a class we know you need.” All you want at 1:24 a.m. is to register! That’s it!
So, what this asinine anecdote was trying to point out is that I am here, sent from above, (not heaven, just the Dean’s Office), to answer your questions. If you want to know why you have to pass a grammar test, or why you have to do so many group projects, or why anything is the way it is, ask me. And until you start asking, I’ll just keep guessing what you’re thinking and writing about that.
So here, email: email@example.com with your question. Stop back later and hopefully I’ll have answered it, or found someone else to answer it for you.