Apr 24 2018

The “Real World” What to Expect After College

by blogemu

I think we all have an idea of where we want to be after we graduate from college. Some aren’t really sure; others are very calculated. The “real world” holds endless opportunities for the hopefuls who endure years of education for this: freedom.

 

For me, I knew I was to move across the country after my internship drew to a close at the end of the summer. Beyond that, nothing else was set in stone. The summer came and left me in the blink of an eye and before I knew it, I was packing up my entire life to move to Seattle.

 

Flash forward four months, and here I sit, still a hopeful who applies to every position possible and who goes out of her way to get interviews. The real world holds endless possibilities for those who embrace them, but here are some tips to take into consideration if things don’t go exactly as you might have hoped:

 

Not everything will go as planned I’m a very calculated person. I knew for four years that I would move to Washington State after college. I’m very punctual and I take pride in my organization. That being said, it’s a hard pill to swallow when things don’t work out. It’s better to know that not everything will go your way – that way the punches don’t seem so earth-shattering.

 

Don’t give up on your goals This sounds über cheesy, I know. Despite my stumbles along the way, I’ve never given up on my ideal career and life goals. At times, it will be hard to remain positive but it is imperative that you maintain a positive mindset and focus on what you can do to maintain your knowledge and continue to further it.

 

Learn to go with the flow This was a difficult one for me. As mentioned before, I’m very calculated. That being said, I used to be a person who didn’t adapt very well when something didn’t go as planned. Be an adaptable individual – if nothing else, I’ve learned that humans are endlessly susceptible to learning. Take the hiccups in your stride and keep your head up; it’s most important to remember that your journey is only just beginning.

 

You earn what you give – Don’t expect to be handed things after college. A perfect career or job will not fall into your lap (although that would be pretty great). You must always put forth your best effort and results will follow. Your world won’t change in the blink of an eye, but your hard work will eventually pay off.

 

Keep your chin up – It’s most frustrating when things don’t happen as you may have imagined but there is always a silver lining. You may not have secured the past few jobs you applied for but at least you practiced your interviewing skills. Think of a positive factor in every outcome – whether it be seemingly insignificant or monumental – you’re constantly lighting the pathway to the job you’re meant to have.

 

The “real world” is what you make it. There will be difficult times and there will be joyous ones. The most important thing is that you enjoy where you sit and your passion drives your next steps. Make the most of your youth and allow yourself to learn everything you possibly can. Who knows, we may see you on the covers of magazines one day.

 

 

Courtney Schultz is an EMU alum who holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations and communications. She currently resides in the greater Seattle area. Contact Courtney via Twitter @cschulPR.

Apr 17 2018

Student Stories: How I Became A Filmmaker

by blogemu

How I discovered my passion for filmmaking is a pretty interesting story actually. It first started when I was a freshman in high school. I decided to take an elective film class just for fun. At first, I anticipated that it would be fun, but would have never expected to enjoy it as much as I did.

Fast forward to my senior year, and I was taking all film, art, and graphic design courses. At this point, I knew that I wanted to pursue a career in film or media going in to college. Thanks to the unending guidance, support, and wisdom from my high school film teacher, I was really able to discover my true passion for filmmaking.

 

When I finally arrived at Eastern for my freshman year, I declared my EMFS major and ever since then, I have been having the time of my life getting to study what I love every single day. I have gotten the opportunity to work on many amazing video projects including President James Smith’s inauguration, EMU Homecoming events, and even TruEMU Night at Comerica Park all as part of my job within EMU Marketing.

 

The best advice I could give to someone following in my footsteps would be to just go for it. By this I mean, do not be afraid to get involved as much as possible and get your name out there. By getting involved, working hard, and making as many connections as possible, anything can happen.

 

 

 

Camren Clouthier is a Junior at EMU currently studying Electronic Media and Film Studies (EMFS). In his free time, Camren enjoys making short films, taking pictures, and hanging out with friends. Camren also works in the Marketing department at Eastern and serves as one of the university’s student videographers.

 

Apr 12 2018

Finals Study Tips

by blogemu

It may seem like we’ve all just began our fall semester of school but guess what, final exams are just around the corner!

 

Yes, final exams can be pretty tough because despite all the homework assignments and group projects you’ve done over the semester, your final exam plays a huge role in your overall grade. Even though finals are quickly approaching there is no need to stress!

 

I’ve come up with 5 great tips to help you study for your exams.

 

The first tip is PLAN.

 

Planning is major. Plan out when you are going to study for your finals and how long you’re going to study for a certain class. Some classes you may need to spend a little more extra time on. If you put in the work up front to plan out your study schedule in accordance with everything else you have going on, you will be a lot less stressed in the long run. Plan! It’s worth it, I promise.

 

The second tip is don’t be afraid to get help and ask questions.

 

Eastern Michigan University has multiple resource centers dedicated to help you. Some resources are the Math Lab, The University Writing Center, and even the Academic Projects Center.

 

The third tip is to study in groups or with someone else.

 

Try to study with people that won’t get you easily off track. It can be helpful to study with others because a peer might have the information down and everyone participating in the studying group can divide the chapter and conquer it all.

 

The fourth tip is to change it up.

 

Don’t continuously study using the same plain white note cards. Try using multicolored note cards, highlighting in different colors, or even trying using different mnemonic devices to remember pieces of information.

 

The fifth and final step I have is get good sleep before each exam.

 

Sleep is so very important. When you don’t get enough sleep you can not fully focus on the task at hand, and we want to be able to focus during out final exams.

 

It’s okay to be stressed about exams just remember to do your best and you got this!

 

-My name is Chassidy Donaldson. I am a 3rd year student here at Eastern Michigan University. I am  majoring in Communication with a minor in Leadership and Media and Film studies. Currently i am an RA in Sellers Hall while also being apart of the street team.