I’m entering my last week as a student at Ball State. It feels surreal. I’ve had the identity of a student for 17 years and in a week I’ll be a “graduate.” Entering the next phase of adulthood is nerve-wracking, but so exciting.
As I reflect on the last four years, two things really stick out to me that have defined my experience here. The first is the living-learning community that I signed up for before I came to Ball State. In a living-learning community, you are grouped by majors and usually attend similar classes with the people who you live with. Little did I know that checking the “Communication Living-Learning Community” would dramatically shape my four years here. The people who I met freshman year continue to be my closest friends. And, three years later, we have a lot of funny memories to reminisce about from our days in the Brayton and Clevenger Halls within the LaFollette Complex.
The second thing that has shaped my time here is my involvement in student media. I’ve blogged about it in the past, but I want to stress how important it is to be involved with organizations in your major. It’s a great way to meet new people, strengthen friendships and gain real-word, immersive experiences that will help you attain the ultimate goal: a job! And, being involved in student media also provides greater interaction with professors. Building relationships with professors here at Ball State is so important. They have a wealth of knowledge to share. You just have to seek it out.
As for my plans after graduation, I’m headed down to Evansville to work as a TV reporter. I’m so excited to apply everything I’ve learned here to my new job. The education I’ve received and the experiences I’ve had have been critical in gaining employment and I am so thankful for all of it!