As I prepare myself to graduate from the University of Wyoming in 3 days I have been doing a lot of reflecting. I cannot believe how fast this semester has flown by, it seems like just yesterday I was writing my first blog past, eager to learn more about what this class had to offer. Coming into this class in January, I was expecting to learn more about what it means to work in technology production. The world is relying more and more in technology and I was excited about this course because as I head into the work field, I want to be prepared for anything that gets thrown my way. I was also looking forward to gaining more experience in the interviewing process, and I had many opportunities to sharpen my skills in this category through my audio interview, video interview, photo assignment, mapping assignment and web story. I love all the opportunities that we were given to step outside of our comfort zones and expand our creative sides.
I think that I had very high expectations for this course coming in because there is so much to learn when it comes to technology, editing, embedding, and creating good quality work and I believe that all my expectations were met. I loved that we were able to experience multiple channels through multiple different assignments. I feel that Dr, Landreville did a wonderful job of preparing us for what to expect in the work force and I am excited to share what I have learned with future employers. I feel more confident with interviews, editing and creating good quality work in the categories of photography, video and audio.
Soft skills were a foreign concept to me before taking this course, but I am grateful to now have more knowledge on this skills before I graduate. As someone who personally loves verbal affirmation, I am someone who loves giving it as well. One concept that was hard for me to learn, and that I am still working on, is being a good listener and not having to give verbal affirmation like “uh huh” and so on. I think that this is something that I will have to continue to work on, but I know that those who I interview in the future will be appreciate of the skill of active listening that have gained from this course. As I have mentioned previously, I am also super excited about the new interview skills that I have learned throughout this course. I had to step outside my comfort zone multiple times, but each time became more confident than the last.
I believe that the skills of being an active listener and interviewing skills will help me in my career because my dream is to be a sports broadcaster. Sports broadcasters spend a lot of time in front of the camera, conducting interviews and listening to players. I believe that both these soft skills will be important because the focus will shift to the player and the interview rather than my verbal affirmation.
My favorite assignment from this semester would be the mapping assignment. Because I am a Colorado girl at heart, and because I will always love the mountains, I loved being able to share some of my personal favorite hiking sports in Colorado. I actually had a random stranger read my blog post on my favorite hiking spots and ‘like’ my article. Knowing that someone benefited from my blog post makes me excited to continue to add to my portfolio and reach out to others.
My least favorite assignment was the photography assignment. I never realized how much goes into capturing the right photograph and I struggled with that assignment. I do not like lacking confidence after turning in school assignments, and I was not confident with the photos that I took. I had a really hard time finding the techniques that we talked about in class, in the real world. It was also hard to conduct interviews with strangers, and try and photograph them “acting normal” even though they had no idea who I was. Overall, the assignment felt awkward to me but I was grateful for the experience.
Wow, if I could go back in time there is a lot of things I would tell myself, but if I had to choose one it would be to not take life too seriously. I think that being forced outside of my comfort zone for a lot of these assignment made me uncomfortable at times and there were even times that I missed opportunities due to a lack of willing to try and talk to new people. I think that in my field (communication) it is important to be able to adapt, learn and laugh at yourself sometimes. Overall, I am so grateful for all that I have learned from this course and I will miss the University of Wyoming so much. Thank you Dr, Landreville for a wonderful semester and all you have taught me, I will miss you vey much and I am excited to see where these new skills will take me in my future.