When everything possible could go wrong with a project…it does

You know that awesome feeling when you film video footage ahead of time and already feel so prepared when you’re project isn’t due for awhile? Yeah that happened. And then, somehow weeks passed by, and the project still wasn’t done. Some may label this as extreme laziness and lack of motivation…but that’s not it at all. When you’re fighting between health and good grades, it is a tough decision to choose what to prioritize. With all my spirituality that I harness individually, I take becoming very sick as a clear sign to SLOW life down and rearrange personal lifestyle normalities. Balancing various responsibilities, including the most important ones school and cheerleading, is something that everyone in our fast-paced society has to deal with. Sometimes it is hard to justify putting practice or a football game ahead of getting my homework done. I hate that part. But when you make a commitment, it’s imperative that you stand by it…and also remember why you are really here…SCHOOL! 

My mom has ingrained this saying into my head, “all you can do is the best you can do”. I really believe in that. Coming from high school as an oblivious freshman 3 years ago, I was used to pulling consistent all nighters to get A’s on my projects or study to score perfectly on tests, after long days of driving hours away to go to dance practice or traveling to competitions. Once I came to college, I realized I could really only handle so much. I am no superhero. I am a human being. I need sleep, food, and a daily routine. Does that mean I have to take the B- when I need to sleep after being awake for 32 hours straight from homework and then to ESPN College Gameday and a football game? YES. 

These rants may not be a school assignment, but this is how I have to justify why I do what I do. I love cheerleading, so I won’t quit. I am so passionate about my journalism major, so I will try my hardest to put the most effort I can into my projects with the small amounts of free time I have. I promise this is all relevant to my J333 experiences…

J333 has been such a fun way to explore different sources of multimedia and showing me what I like and don’t like about different kinds of journalism. I enjoyed exploring my “guide dog puppies in training” topic for the term, especially my last video project which was a lot of fun to capture. I had trouble getting clear audio, as I had a microphone not in the greatest location, so I had to settle for audio from my phone and from the video camera. The puppies kept coming to me and bumping my camera straight into the lens, so I had a good time playing with them. Unfortunately Final Cut Pro gave me some trouble when I detached all of the audio from the video and tried to rematch everything…when the sound was already deleted. Two weeks ago I thought I was done, I had exported the project to YouTube, to find that none of the sound came out. I thought my head was going to explode! I had no time with a volleyball game, 3 basketball games, and a football game all that week. And then came Thanksgiving…an even more busy time. Life just happened and I struggled to get all of my projects in for every class – you know how some way every class magically has projects due on the same day. So I’ve struggled, but I’m coming back up for air. I’m sleep deprived, and trying to nurture myself with rest and good nutrition, so I am taking advantage of “dead week” to catch up. I’m not dead, I’m so grateful for having such a healthy life, having the opportunity to go to college and cheer for the most exciting football team in the country. I am grateful. Thanksgiving reminded me of that…despite my obstacles of trying to get everything done, I realized I cannot do it all. All I can do is my best. And stop worrying about disappointing fellow classmates or my teachers. We are only human. Things happen. 

Despite the technological failures and time management issues, I had fun completing my video project. If I could do it again, I would have done individual interviews with the trainers instead of placing the microphone by them. It made it really hard and time consuming for me to edit in Final Cut Pro. I need to keep track of the audio I rip off as well so I don’t have to take hours of my time to search through footage and match it with the visual appearance of the video. So yes, it might not represent my best work, but it was what I could get done with the time and resources I had. I enjoyed learning so much from the Guide Dogs for Lane County group and found something so exciting to write about/photograph/capture/engage in. I am thankful for everything I’ve learned through J333 and how much I have discovered about my technological abilities and how to use prioritize my school responsibilities. After this last Thanksgiving and realizing how much I truly enjoy journalism, I am THANKFUL.


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