Well the semester has come to an end. It’s time to review and look back at all I had done this semester.
When I look back at what I have learned throughout this semester and what I thought I was going to learn, I see some similarities and some differences. In my first blog post, I really emphasized how interesting it would be to learn how to live-tweet. Live-tweeting was probably the topic that I was the least interested in. I am very glad that I was able to try it and see what live-tweeting was like but I have come to realize that I am much more intrigued with video and I learned a ton more from that.
I also mentioned in my first blog post that I wanted to spend a lot of time reporting on events that were happening in Laramie and I actually met that goal fairly well. I think that it is important to know about what is going on in your community and I am really glad that this class provided me opportunities to concentrate on what my interests were and how I could continue to grow those interests in the future.
When it comes to “soft skills” I learned from this class, the biggest one for me is how much I grew with my interviewing skills. I improved my interviewing skill greatly since beginning this class and I think I also have much better confidence in asking to interview people since beginning this course. My interpersonal skills have significantly improved because almost all of my assignments have helped developed that skill in some way.
In any career, it is important to have strong interpersonal skills. Having those skills will not only help you in communicating to your fellow coworkers, but the will also help you with delivering information in an accurate way in the workplace which will prevent accidents or mistakes from happening.
I found the video editing assignment most meaningful. In our day to day lives, most everyone will watch a video or use a video for some purpose so it is important to create a lasting impression with your videos and know how to use video to convey the messages you want to convey.
I found the live-tweeting assignment most challenging. I think that not only was I frustrated with not being able to enjoy the event I was live-tweeting, but I had difficulty with deciphering what was important to live-tweet and what wasn’t. I felt uncomfortable with having the power of deciding what was newsworthy and what wasn’t since I had so little experience in that area.
If I could go back in time to my beginning of the semester self. I would tell him to not wait to the last minute to find information and events to use for blog posts. I also will tell him how important it is to be prepared if your original event you were planning on attending gets cancelled because it can mess a lot up in your assignment timeline.
I really enjoyed this class and thanks for the great semester!