English & Communication

By Jillian Smith
April 16, 2009

In high school, I was an anchor on the morning news show, which aired the morning announcements.

While other students sat in a normal classroom for homeroom, I was in front of the camera, on all the TV sets, for all the school to see.

I thought that was the greatest job ever, so naturally, after graduating, I decided that I was going to be a TV news anchor. Step aside, Katie Couric, I’m coming through!

However, when I got to Cabrini and saw all the communication department had to offer, my Katie Couric dream popped and I was off to explore something new.

Almost four weeks into my first semester as a freshman, I had already gotten involved with the radio station and was playing songs on my very own radio show.

Sophomore year was when I really came into my own. With journalism, I began reporting for the school’s award-winning paper, The Loquitur. I loved the rush I felt when writing an article and interviewing sources.

Within no time, I was converging all three of my talents audio, video and writing to create multimedia pieces for the Web.

The communication department is a place where I was able to learn and grow in an environment that I felt comfortable in.

I was able to get hands-on experience right from the get-go. I have been able to use my skills to make award-winning pieces in audio documentaries, print articles and multimedia packages.

I was also given the opportunity to learn about a different culture through multimedia when I visited Guatemala this past February with four other students and professors. I am thankful for all of the skills I have learned and know that I will continue to use them throughout my life.

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