Give me a ton of work to do, no time, a filled planner and one credit? Many students can sympathize with me on this one.
If a person was to walk into the communication wing Monday nights, it could be filled with frenzied journalists, photographers, video crews and radio personnel.
Actually, come in at any point during the day and likely the wing will be a crowded place. Many students will be close to tears or ready to snap at the first person who looks at them the wrong way. One class that I have found is very time-consuming and stressful is my radio practicum course.
An hour and fifteen minutes is dedicated each Monday night to learning the ways of radio style news, laws and history.
Two hours a week are dedicated to a radio show of our style choice. I’m not going to lie, Sunday nights may be my favorite two hours of the week. Wait, let me rephrase that. Sunday nights may be my favorite required time of the week.
Once a week, I broadcast a sporting event, on top of the events, homework and production hours put in. I know I am not the only student struggling to keep up.
At this point, you would probably think I hate my major. As much as I complain and as often as I sit and stare at my planner wondering how in the world I will get my work done, I do love it. Once the assignment or event is over, I can breathe a sigh of relief. And then I do it all over again.
To be in control of a show people actually listen to and actually enjoy is amazing.
I love the feeling of being accomplished after broadcasting a game but it is very hard to be dedicated to a course which requires so much and rewards so little. It is like asking someone to spend all their money on clothing and never wear a single item.
There are other courses that offer one credit such as yoga, pilates, ballet and modern dance. These courses require attendance once a week. Compare those hour and 15-minute courses to an hour and 15 minutes, two hours, events and a game.
Let’s look at this even closer. As a communication major, we are all required to attend a professional development course three to four times a semester with various guest speakers. Only two papers are asked of us. This course is worth half a credit.
Practicum courses are meant to be like an internship. Typically in U.S. colleges, one credit equals two hours of study time. However, an internship requires eight hours of work per week per credit. Practicum courses are intended to provide college students with real-life experience, similar to an internship.
As great as real-life experience is for preparing for the professional world, I already take 14 and a half credits and have two jobs. When I enrolled in this class I was not aware of the workload. I expected two hours of work, but got nearly quadruple that.
I believe the experience will be worth it in the end. The friends I have made by bonding through the amount of work will be there for me until senior year and maybe beyond.
I am ready to do the work we are given and enjoy the opportunity I am given to experience hands-on type courses. I am just positive that my time and energy wants to see more than just one credit on my transcript.