BEA and the College Experience

I started college a semester later than most of my peers. I felt like I needed a break between my final year of high school and the start of my college venture. I remember my first day on campus like it was yesterday since it just happened to snow on that day. Class was cancelled for the first few days because of the snow and the ice that stayed on the ground for the days following. I slipped a few times, but I never fell, but I could not help but feel like falling was right around the corner. I was warned about college, and throughout the first few weeks I never felt like I belonged. I studied hard, and I attended all my classes, but it felt like something was missing.

After the first month I had taken a test in every one of my classes, and I made good grades on all of them. College was not too hard but every day as I took my seven-minute walk to and from my dorm I felt as if I was always forgetting something. Every morning I woke up and asked myself, “What am I forgetting? What is it that I’m not doing?” I never had an answer to those questions until one day in late March when my girlfriend asked me why I was not involved in anything yet. I thought about joining CAB (Campus Activities Board) but I felt as if I could not handle planning and running events. I also thought about applying to write for the newspaper, but strict deadlines stress me out. Then I found BEA (Broadcast Education Association) which made me feel at home. After the first meeting I asked about being on the podcasts, which I got to talk on the following Monday.

Come the next semester, I’m now a Co-Producer of the BEA podcasts and I feel like this is something I can build from. When I started college as a Communication major, I did not know exactly what I wanted to do in my field. I used to write a lot, but I would get burnt out, so I was starting to stray away from any type of newspaper or online writing field. Starring on, editing, and producing podcasts is something I’m comfortable with, so I’m going to stick to this.

Starting last semester, I was taking twelve hours total, I had no job, and I was not involved in anything until the tail-end of the year. This semester I have a job, I am taking sixteen hours, and I have responsibilities thanks to BEA. If someone were to ask me how to go about handling their first semester, I’d say just take it easy your first semester. Ease your way into a heavy work load as to not exhaust yourself right away. Another thing I’d say to them is to get involved on campus. Being in a club has made me make some amazing friends and connections that I hope to keep even after college. I hope that when everyone graduates that they can say they left their own mark on Southeastern.

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