From 2006 to 2008 I was at The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. I graduated in December of 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in in Journalism, and a minor is Sociology.
During my time there, I did a lot of writing. This was because I got through ASU on scholarships, and I needed to have a lot of things to put on the applications in order to be competitive.
I had already spent two years as Editor in Chief at S.L.A.M. (Support Local Arts & Music) Magazine prior to my time at University. While at ASU, I did an internship at the East Valley Tribune. I also wrote for a magazine called College Affair magazine, and wrote for the school newspaper.
This work I did for State Press Magazine was in addition to all of those other jobs.
As with other places I worked, they soon realized that I wouldn’t refuse assignments. This resulted in my having to write quite a few articles about things I wasn’t thrilled about. I would push to be able to write a travel story, and in exchange I would have to interview a creepy guy about “sex therapy.”
Sometimes, it does not pay to be agreeable.
However, I learned a lot from my time at State Press Magazine, and I enjoyed occasionally being able to take my own photos and sometimes have a say in my own layouts.
Some people don’t want to get involved in activities while they are in college, and I understand that. I was working at The Dirty Drummer Bar & Grill all through my degree (since my scholarships didn’t include a living allowance.) I understand that it is hard to get involved on campus when you have classes and a job.
Still, I think it always pays to get involved and work hard.