Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Challenges Beyond the Classroom

Hello Everyone,

The weeks are winding down and summer is coming ever closer... yes the sun is out there somewhere, even above the rainy/snowy Erie skies. Yes, I said snow, but no worries, it's not sticking.

This post is a kind of rehash and extension of a post that I had a couple weeks back. Here is a refresher:

"Finally, the reason that I bring this up, and I'm going to tease you here, is because recently I have been given the opportunity to make a different as a student. It is a tease because I cannot fully tell you what I am working on yet as I have to wait for the appropriate approvals to go through, but I have been given the opportunity to work with one of my professors to bring about a change that we have both been thinking about. I know that this project will be great practical experience that will one day be able to help me get a job, and I am excited to be a part of it. Now, if you want to get a little more information you could try emailing me, but for now this is all I can say. I am excited to be apart of this project and I know that it is because of the connections that I have at Mercyhurst that I am able to do this. Stay tuned for updates as this grows in the next couple weeks."

It is now time that I can spill a few more details. The project I am working on is in response to a growing movement in the communication department, which could be classified as unrest.  We are making an attempt to reorganize and reactivate the department by bringing back a former model that was once known as the Comm. Board. The idea to bring all of the functioning aspects of the department together and combine like efforts. In the past couple years the core comm. dept environment has faded, but this idea brings the people who work hard to get things done in the department together to get even more accomplished and reduces the overlap of like objectives into hopefully one unified and successful program. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me to learn and create, and this opportunity is only available to me here, at Mercyhurst, in this small school where the opportunities endless.

If you've ever had a tour with me, or ever do, one of the biggest things I describe is the student engagement atmosphere that Mercyhurst creates. As I may have mentioned in the past, another one of my clubs, the Mercyhurst Chapter of the National Broadcasting Society, is hosting the society's regional convention come November. This is a great honor and a great learning experience for our club. I am fortunate enough to have the lead on this project and am continuously looking at different aspects on how we want to create this event. On the unfortunate side of reality, planning things on a college campus are very difficult as many of you will someday find. This real world experience comes with many headaches, but headaches and experiences that I would never give up.

Again, here on my soapbox I remind you that college is not just about the location, people you are with and the programs offered, but rather about how you utilize those things. These two examples are only my two largest projects and don't include the work I do as an Ambassador, or the time I spend during the Leadership Certification Program, as well the my new VP role on the board of the Public Relations Student Society of America and as a reporter of the Merciad (school newspaper). These are all opportunities that I have been motivated enough to involve myself in create experiences that will get me a job, and I am happy every day for these experiences. 

I hope this all makes sense and that this becomes more than just a rant on my end, but rather something useful. I tell you this now because I wish someone would have told me a long time ago.

Mercyhurst is a great place. I hope one day you can see and experience this too.

Thanks for reading,

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