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.

Apr 10 2018

College of Technology Student Highlight: Bre McKamie

by blogemu

When she came to Eastern Michigan University in 2004, Bre McKamie didn’t have many people to lean on. “In terms of a support system,” Bre said. “I really just had my mother.” Without a great sense of where she wanted to go in college, she chose to major in communication. However, after her participation in a career seminar at the end of her first year and meeting with PR advisor Lolita Cummings-Carson; Bre decided to pursue a degree in public relations instead.


Yet it was her interaction with Dr. Melissa Motschall that really changed her life. “She really pushed me out of my comfort zone,” Bre said. “She also showed me that an advisor could do so much more than just create a course schedule. It’s about being a coach and a resource.”


After graduating with a degree in PR, Bre got a job with a foster care agency where she helped youth between 16-21 years old transition into adulthood. Bre found that her role was much larger than she had originally thought, and found herself being a parental figure to the youth that she worked with.


With this experience under her belt, she decided to go back to Eastern to pursue her master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education and student affairs. While in the master’s program, she got the opportunity to work as a graduate assistant in the advising office at the College of Technology. Upon graduating, she was able to get a part-time job working in advising for the COT and that eventually transitioned into a full-time position.


For Bre, the most rewarding aspects of her work comes from the students that she interacts with. “One of the best feelings is when you have a student come in and tell you that one of their friends suggested that they come see me for help,” Bre said. Another major source of inspiration for Bre is her advising work with the BrotherHOOD and SisterHOOD (HOOD stands for helping others obtain degrees) programs at Eastern. “It’s so great to be able to work with kids who all come from similar backgrounds as I do and help them envision and achieve their own success in school and their future careers.”


Looking ahead, Bre says that she is considering going on to get her PhD in higher education and pursuing a career in university administration. Always thinking of others, Bre is constantly looking for ways that she can help those around her. “At the end of the day,” Bre said, “I gauge my success on the success of my students.” Regardless of what path she may choose, Bre is sure to do great things and impact an even greater number of people along the way.


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