Post written by John Boone, Instructor
Every group of sophomores in my Media Broadcasting class completes a journal/discussion about their fears and worries in life. This is always one of the most fascinating assignments for me to read.
The results are somewhat predictable - snakes, spiders, and heights are always high on the fear list, and grades, family, and friends are things that everybody worries about. But it’s other popular choices that are most concerning. Many students fear death, whether it be their own or of their loved ones, and, not coincidentally, being alone. And a majority of students have a worry or fear of the future, the unknown, or simply failing at what they set out to do, not being able to accomplish their goals, etc.
These results are heart-breaking, but at the same time are motivating to me as a teacher at a career center. I believe the self-doubt that creeps into these students’ mindset is at least somewhat caused by the stagnant education system. Students are simply not prepared to enter the job force or to forge a career through advanced education. But a good bit of that blame can be borne by the students themselves for a lack of effort or interest in their education, and that continued disengagement will result in a total lack of applicable learning beyond memorization for a one-time test.
I enjoy teaching communications, because the skills used in my class cannot only be used in the media industry, but in any job sector. Despite that seemingly automatic connection, students can still find ways to become disconnected dead weight in a class. That’s where getting to know each student’s skillset and learning style combined with soft skills training begins. I like the challenge of pushing student success in the world, even if it’s not a direct result of my curriculum. My big thing is providing opportunities for success, based on the student’s interests. Now, it is still up to the student to choose to accept those opportunities, but my job is to give them the options to set them up for success. Some will give up at this point just from the fear of making a choice, but now is the time to learn to make those choices. Some will give up on a passion because they fear they’ll never get there, yet they never take the first, most difficult steps on the journey. It could be simply a fear of the work that goes into success, and not even so much not making it. That’s a downright shame, to lazily dismiss a passion in life. What a ripoff! Students, ask questions now. Take advantage of opportunities now! Work hard now!
Let’s face it, the future is intimidating for all of us, because none of us know what it holds. But I would like to think I did what I could to make sure the teens I interact with don’t fear it, that they believe in their talents and abilities, and that they can pursue what makes them happy in life without fear of failure. We all experience failure, but in the end, it is that which makes us better. As the saying goes, “Better to try and fail, than to not try at all.”
Students, don’t come back to me someday and say, “I wish I would have (fill in the blank) in your class.” Or the next thing you’ll have to fear is me!
Post written by Jennifer Allende, Program Director
Thankful. Being thankful is defined as being pleased or relieved. Today, as I sit here in front of a “lo-fi beats to study and relax to” playlist, writing an article about being thankful, I’m not hitting my usual writer's block. That is one thing I can say I’m thankful for right off the bat, but as I think back to this time last year, I realize that I’m also thankful for the time I got to be part of the winter guard program. Last year, was my last time on the mat without even realizing it and I had the opportunity to write about what the song we were performing to, meant to me. Here is an excerpt from “I Got You”:
“When I hear this song, the first thing that comes to mind is the starting counts of our show. The (1-2-3-4, 1-2-3…) echo in my mind as I mentally prepare myself, reminding myself to perform and to be as graceful as I can be. As the song progresses, I picture myself on the mat, going through the motions. The checkpoints to hit and the moments of impact to make the most out of. The music fades to a lull and I can now only hear the sound of my beating heart and shaky breaths. The sound of the synchronized rifles is music to my ears and I can feel the joy all around me. I’m practically gleaming at this point and replace my synthetic smile with a genuine, confident one…”
In years before, when someone would ask me about my experience as a color guard member, the first things that would come to mind were the long hours of practice and anxiety attacks before every performance. Although that was true, looking back now, it’s evident that I overlooked the small things that made my experience one I could never forget. The many friendships I formed, constant encouragement from my fellow team members and instructors, and lasting memories I made.
I can say now that I’m thankful for the time I got to spend being part of a group of people that made my high school career so much more memorable.
Post written by Bradley Reber, News Director
Hello everyone! This is Bradley from Chillin at the Mic. Monday November 12th, 2018, the world suffered a great loss. Everyone's favorite real life superhero, Father of the Marvel Universe, and the best cameo actor, Stanley Martin Lieber, AKA Stan Lee passed away. We should all take the time this week to watch ALL of the Marvel movies, MCU, and otherwise, read all of the comics he made. This week is the week we have been dreading. From now on there won't be any more Stan Lee cameos, not one more comic or signature from the man himself. This Thanksgiving next week should be looked at with all that he has given us. He has brought people together like nobody ever was able to. From his great mind and imagination and a little bit of magic he made something everyone, no matter who you are, can look at and smile. He started out as a small comic book writer and after 30 years, he realized that he shouldn't be jealous of anyone else because he was making entertainment. He made characters that stood up to Hitler during WWII, Captain America. Heros that were just average people at one point but something happened that made them change, Spider-Man, Iron Man. He even helped make the movies today. In times where politics, riots, protests, killings, and wars have been common and getting along with others has been quite rare, he brought people together and made them friends with something in common. He gave people heroes to look up to and hope in the brighter comic world. He gave us an escape from the stressful world we call reality. Stan Lee, We will always remember you as the father of our time, the maker of our Heroes. So everyone turn on your TVs and open up a comic for his memory. That memory that will last for generations and generations.We should let him and his memory guide us to make a better world. Stan Lee was honestly a hero to us all and always will be.
Post written by Jackson Wise, Station Manager
Hello, Pulse fans! I’m Jackson Wise from my new show, Just Keep Talking Wednesdays at 6pm, however, I’d like to talk about the life and death of a show that I used to be apart of called Hoodie Buddies. Before I start I’d like to say I mean no ill-will towards my used-to-be-hosts and in fact, am still friends with them to this day. We love what we do here at the career center, and we love the Hoodie Buddies too, so from all the (used to be) Hoodie Buddies this is an apology for the sudden disappearance of our show. Hoodie Buddies started in my junior year of High School. It consisted of Abby Hopkins (Chilling at the Mic), Bradley Reber (Chilling at the Mic), Hunter Franklin (One Up Reviews), and I. We loved recording together, but there were some problems. Relationships, lack of effort, and normal high school drama made the whole group tense, yet we still liked each other and had fun recording. The relationship started to turn toxic, with all of us to blame for it. Nonetheless, we thought that if the group disbanded, then we wouldn’t be friends, a wrong thought in hindsight, but I digress. It put a lot of stress on me as I had to stay and work many extra hours just to make the show to be air-able. When Junior year was finished I had mixed feelings about what was going to happen next year. I loved working with these dorks who screamed and went crazy, but I didn’t want to feel like I was the only one putting forth the effort on our shows. With that doubt in mind, Senior year hits. The Hoodie Buddies changes out Hunter Franklin, who had been put in a separate class, for Stephen Boyer, previously apart of The ANS Show. With this the Hoodie Buddies, for the most part, work out fine. Slowly as the year progressed we realized that while we were making original content, we were sacrificing our friendship and bond to do so. We had many all-nighters working on some of the scripted content. To add to that we had positions in leadership which at first was stressful. The group started to break down. The tipping point was our live show, in which we made everyday errors that seemed to be like life and death. We all decided to go our own ways and try to restart ourselves as radio personalities, and I think everyone can agree all of our shows are better for it. I’m really glad the way everything played out and all used to be Hoodie Buddie members make jokes about its status all the time. So remember that it's okay to part ways with people you love, and every now and again it's okay to do something new.
With great support to your new decisions, Jackson Wise