At the beginning of the semester, I wrote about what I expected from this class. Some skills I mentioned were branding myself, presenting myself professionally, and learning how to use and shape media for professional use.
Those were the biggest take-aways I got from this class. We used those skills in every assignment. Since we blogged all of our experiences I was able to get feedback on how my blog as a whole was portrayed as well as each post. Even though for one of the assignments I was able to use a friend, I was also able to learn how to present myself professionally in person when establishing interviews, performing interviews, and attending events.
This was one of the few classes I got to take that put multiple technical skills to the test. Each assignment was different. Yes, we had to apply the same basic skills to each, but we got to experiment with all types of media which was so fun. While I took an audio course, as well as a non-video visual course, this class taught me the most media skills when it came to content and application. Rather than just doing and editing the assignments we learned how to apply that to real-life situations and our future careers. I have previously only used (and posted) media for personal reasons like selfies, documenting things I did, and recording cover videos. I appreciated learning how to redesign my photography skills and recording skills for uses that are practical rather than getting likes from my family and friends.
A “soft” or less technical skill I picked up, other than branding myself and presenting myself professionally was that I completely rebuilt the way I did interviews. Throughout my college career I’ve only interviewed people in the sciences. That was what really first shaped the way I prepared for, and conducted interviews. To prepare I would research the topic rather than the person/people, and the questions I asked were very straight forward science, almost quiz-like questions. After this course got started I learned more about looking into a person or organization. I learned how to develop a connection with them, as well as how to develop questions in order to get a subject to open up rather than just simply answer a question. This was the first time I really learned about the pre-interview process, making someone comfortable, and even how to have a conversation with someone I didn’t know and keep the flow. This really has helped me be more comfortable in situations with people I don’t know in situations outside of interviews as well as inside.
Like I’ve said before, it’s hard to tie the technical side back to my future career as I’m heading to mortuary school in the fall and I won’t use media much in that field. However, ever since I started telling people about becoming a mortician I’ve realized that its not something that a lot of people have heard or know much about. I’d love to blog and document that experience not only to keep a record of that experience for myself, but hopefully educate others and open them up to that world. Also if I decide to go further and become a Medical Examiner or Coroner I would use my recording and editing skills to keep records of what I found. On the less technical side of things, since I’ve become more comfortable with people I am unfamiliar with, I will actually be able to use that every day as a mortician. I’ll be dealing with people in more sensitive situations, so the people skills I’ve developed will come in handy there. Also, throughout my college career and internship I’ve developed several projects over time. Since its the end of the semester, I’m going to expand my blog to include the podcast and visual projects i’ve completed, as well as the things I’ve edited for my internship. Almost like a public online resume or portfolio.
There were two assignments that I found the most meaningful. The one that I found to be the most meaningful in a professional was was the instagram promotion assignment. This helped me develop my brand even further as well as use a social media platform that I engage with daily for something practical and beneficial. It also showed me how to edit photos to be visually engaging and easy to read/view rather than filter them for beauty effects. The assignment I found to be most meaningful for personal reasons what when I was able to interview Aylin Marquez. It was amazing to get to interact with someone like her. Her life has been such a journey, and I enjoyed writing about that experience so much. She even used my article in her instagram bio! I know it doesn’t sound like much of an achievement, but its so cool to have that kind of acknowledgement. I’ve never been one to be proud of something that I’ve written, because its not one of my strongest suits, so it was really cool to see that my piece impacted someone!
If I could go back in time and give myself advice for this course, I would tell myself to apply myself more. Whenever I think that I’m not or won’t be good at something, I tend to not try very hard which definitely reflects in my grades. Now that I know I can achieve things and have the tools and skills to complete what’s needed I wish that I had applied myself a lot more. I deserve it, my grades deserve it, and so does the course. Everything we needed to accomplish the course tasks and succeed were given to us, so I could have done much more.