Hey everyone, and welcome back to my blog. I apologize for my hiatus as I am sure you were all itching for another update *cough, cough, I know you weren’t* but I have returned with a conclusion to my second-to-last semester as a student at the University of Florida. These past few months have been incredible. They’ve helped me grow as a student, strengthened my friendships, elevated my skills as a reporter and shown me just how privleged I am to be a Gator. I’ve spent my time reporting and anchoring, working on stories such as the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Michael, the journey of a man who’s suffered with chronic back pain for 20 years and I even got to meet a Clydesdale! Anchoring has been a great experience, as I have really worked on my delivery and on-air performance and fine-tuning my “news voice”. I was able to work with so many talented people who were not only my colleagues, but also my friends and I am so happy to have those experiences. A good many of them are graduating this month and starting the next chapters of their lives moving to new places and starting new jobs, and while I’ll miss them, I wish them the best of luck and all the success in the world. Soon that will be me, but I’ll worry about that next semester once the job hunt begins.
One of the most interesting parts of this semester was coming across the Journalism college’s Center for Media Innovation and Research, or the CMIR. The center strives to develop student journalists at UF into the next great journalists and communicators. It looks into developing new forms of storytelling and strategic ways of redefining the communication field. It boasts state-of-the-art digital labs that help facilitate innovation and collaboration, which are great resources for students. While the CMIR stands out amongst other university communications and media centers in many ways, it really stands out because of its specialized facilities. Journalism and telecommunication students, like myself, can utilize the 21st Century News Labratory meanwhile public relations and advertising students can use AHA! The Innovation CoLab to develop campaigns and programs.
I can’t believe I am halfway done with my senior year and just one more semester away from graduating, I cannot wait for the next chapter of my life to begin and see what life holds in store for me. Thanks for tuning in to my blog. It’s been great. Love you all; have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!