My first month at NAIT.

So my first month of school is wrapping up and I haven’t blogged about anything all month, my bad. I’ve definitely been busy!

This isn’t really the best blog post but I just wanted to post up a quick summary of my first month in school.

Here are the classes I’m taking this semester:

  • Promotions and Marketing
  • Mass Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Basic Broadcast Writing
  • Effective Communications
  • Law and Ethics
  • Introduction to Audio
  • Basic Video Production
  • Introduction to Studio Production
  • Team Skills (2-Day Workshop)

When I first saw the program details and the semester course list, I was confused as to how 10 courses were going to be able to fit into a semester schedule (well, 11 courses actually– I was able to get credit for one course (English/Grammar) that I completed already at MacEwan so I am exempt from it at NAIT, woo hoo!) Anyway, it does work. It just means my Tuesdays are absolutely brutal. I had gotten used to three-hour classes at MacEwan but on Tuesday I’ve got a four-hour Intro to Studio Production class. Which, actually the hands-on in-class exercise stuff so far has been a lot of fun, but the theory part makes me want to just die of boredom. Four hours with just a 15 minute break is just wrong…

Anyway like I said above, I was able to get credit for the English/Grammar course because I had taken English 101, Proofreading & Copyediting, and Grammar for Writers, back at MacEwan. I’m totally stoked about this because it frees up my Wednesday afternoons! At the same time, I wouldn’t mind taking the class because there are vocabulary/definition tests and other grammar testing that I am actually really interested in. HA how nerdy am I?

There was a big Radio & Television party this past month too. It was called “Meet the Firsts” and it was basically a chance for all of the first semester students (that’s my batch) to get acquainted with each other and also meet the second and third semester students. The interesting thing is that my entire class is already SO close with one another. It’s great actually, it’s really cool but it’s also totally weird like I’ve never seen a group of students mesh so well together so quickly. I think it’s going to be a great next two years with these guys! :)

I’ve also started writing for NAIT’s newspaper, The Nugget! Since I’ve done so much news stories at MacEwan and for my newspaper internships, I’m really trying to get more entertainment/not-so-hard-newsy type stories to write for The Nugget. And so far so good! I’ve written a piece about a band, an Edmonton Film Festival competition, and I’ve also somehow gotten myself my own column?! It’s a weekly technology column and it’s pretty sweet I’m pretty excited about it. I wrote about a dual LCD screen Samsung camera for this week. And this weekend I’ll be writing another tech piece along with a review of a Jason Mraz concert!! Once this week’s issue comes out I’ll scan the articles I’ve written so far and post them up. :) Writing for this paper has been pretty great so far because everyone (like my class) is super nice, they PAY you for articles ($$$!), and they provide free sandwiches at the weekly lunch meetings! Hehe. I’ve also gotten really good feedback about my writing from the editors and I totally appreciate the comments. I mean, I would hope that my writing is good given that I just finished two years of journalism and have written things for legit newspaper publications, but it’s always nice to get the compliments!

Anyway, now to fill space I am going to post a few pictures!
(Click to view a larger size).

(Top L-R): (1) Me & Julie on TV!! haha. Our class did an exercise where everyone got to be an anchor-person, a camera-person, and a floor director. I actually loved doing all three roles but there’s definitely something about all the control that the floor director has that I am mighty attracted to! (2) Me & Julie as professional cord coilers! We learned how to properly wrap up cables so that they wouldn’t get tangled when you unwrap them. Under around, over inside! Ha. (Bottom L-R): (3) Some of the ladies of the TV program, Class of 2009-2011. (4) Me posing with a very old NAIT News banner.

More soon!


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