IT IS COMMUNITY COLLEGE WEEK!!! Attending a John Wood Community College (JWCC) has not only saved me thousands of dollars but has also opened so many doors for me for my future, which iswhat a community college should do. After attending a four-year university and not being ready with the jump, I believe that JWCC has prepared me to make that actual jump. Community Colleges not only offer the same education as a four-year University to traditional students, which are students that graduate from high school and go straight into a college, but it also gives those non-traditional students who have taken time off from their education. I personally like the diversity of different age groups in my classes. It’s not only nice seeing them come back but it is also beneficial hearing opinions from the older generation. Community Colleges always work around your schedule, offering both morning classes and night classes and it helps those that already have a busy schedule to begin with. For those that had no idea what they wanted to major in (Like me) Community Colleges help you explore all your options. For a year I had trouble deciding what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and instead of throwing thousands of dollars down the drain at a four-year University trying to decide what I wanted to major JWCC helped me actually think about what I wanted to do. which is broadcasting. JWCC has offered me so many opportunities such as being an intern at the Public Relations department here at JWCC and being behind the scenes of many interviews and live shootings with KHQA and WGEM. Community Colleges prepare us for bigger things in the future, just like JWCC has.
This morning I did what most young adults would NEVER….EVER.…Do….
I woke up at 4:00 A.M.
And boy was it worth it!
Now before you think I have completely LOST MY MIND. It was so I could be on the morning show on KHQA! I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to not only witness how they do live shooting for the morning show but also get to eat wonderful authentic Mexican food thanks to Ignacio Anguiano-Reyes. For those that might be interested Ignacio will be teaching a class on how to make AMAZING Mexican food on April 30! Just don’t forget to register here!
It was truly great experience learning about how they do live shooting and it was a pleasure being able to learn from Kristen Aguirre!
This opportunity made me realize how EXCITED I AM TO BEGIN MY CLASSES AS A BROADCASTING MAJOR!!!
Thanks to John Wood and the Public Relations Department I finally realized that broadcasting is the major for me.
I have really enjoyed my classes this semester! But my favorite class this semester has to be my speech class with Mr.Terry. As a Broadcasting major you would assume that I would not have difficulty talking in front of a group of people, but boy are you wrong! I WAS TERRIFIED! I would shake and so would my voice, I then began to talk really fast and most of the time what I said made NO SENSE….But as the semester went on I began feeling more comfortable talking to a group of people! Mr.Terry made the speech class entertaining and he made it so we wouldn’t have difficulty talking for a long period of time. And today we were lucky enough to experience mock job interviews! Mr.Terry’s class helped me improve my communication skills and has opened so many doors for me in the future!
As a senior in high school I was constantly getting asked, what do you want to major in or what do you want to do when you grow up? And at that time I HAD NO IDEA. While most of my peers were already set and knew exactly what they wanted to do I was still stuck deciding what University I wanted to attend. When I went to SIUE I told my advisor I wanted to major in Mass Communications. But later I switched to a double major of Mass Communications and Dance. I later realized that majoring in dance could only get me so far, so I then switched Dance out with Spanish. I left SIUE double majoring in Mass Communications and Spanish. When I started John Wood I was set on majoring in nursing because both my cousins, Maribel and Cristina Cepeda became nurses through the nursing program here at John Wood. I thought it was an easy way out and it would be perfect because most nurses get a job right out of college. After taking a biology class I realized that I REALLY DO NOT LIKE SCIENCE AND MATH! That was basically the end of that idea. But as a little girl I would always watch the news with my parents and I was always so fascinated with the reporters and it really didn’t hit me until recently. I could major in Broadcasting! I started taking a speech class with Mike Terry and I love it! I have also become an intern with the public relations department here at John Wood and it has given me the opportunity to look behind the scenes of an actual interview when WGEM or KHQA comes to John Wood. I have also decided to minor in dancing. It is something I have been doing since I was 5 years old and I truly cannot see myself without. In the end I realized that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life, and that 20 years from now I will still love my job.
Not only did the students get a taste of how it would be like to attend JWCC but they also got a chance to play many games set up by the students and faculty.
The JWCC dance team did a dance while the JWCC cheerleaders did their own stunts.
I had a lot of fun watching the students enjoy themselves and figure out if JWCC is really the place for them.
When I was a Senior at Quincy Senior High School I saw John Wood as a joke. Like any other high school student my plan was to get far away from Quincy and attend a four-year University. My parents would constantly beg me to attend John Wood Community College because it would have been cheaper just to get my general education classes out of the way. But for the longest time I did not view JWCC as an actual school, I did not even bother to give it a chance. Not once did I ever visit the campus nor was I ever interested in stepping foot into JWCC. I finally left for my freshman year of college at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE) and at first I loved the school. I fell in love with the campus and made many new friends. But as the year went on I began feeling homesick and I also began disliking the atmosphere. I stuck through the year and when I finally came back to Quincy, I realized my parents were having financial issues with paying for my education. It was a very tough decision for me on whether I should go back to SIUE or I should attend JWCC. I finally decided that it would be smarter if I attended JWCC for my sophomore year of college. I was still very unhappy with my decision upon staying at JWCC. I thought that I would not have a proper student life like I did at SIUE. I thought that classes that I would be taking were going to be a joke and a waste of my time because they would probably not transfer. But once I started JWCC, I felt at home. I knew many of the students, and I realized that I was not the only one that made the mistake of jumping right into a four-year university and making the decision to come back. As the year went on, I began to realize that JWCC was not as bad as many people make it seem. My classes were much harder than the classes I was taking at SIUE, I had more workload than I have ever had at SIUE. At SIUE most of the classrooms are filled with about 50 to 100 people or more so you NEVER get attention. And many times the teachers don’t even know your name. Also at SIUE we were allowed to have our phones and our laptops out, so for me it became a big distraction. Most of the time during class I was on facebook or texting! (Don’t tell my parents) At JWCC the teachers actually take the time to get to know their students and actually care about your education. I also thought that once I attended JWCC I would not have a student life, but in reality I am way more involved at JWCC than I ever was at SIUE. This year I am on the dance team and it has open so many opportunities along with being an intern in the Public Relations department here at JWCC. There are constantly so many things going on at JWCC whether it’s the monthly movie night at AMC or even skating down at the Riverskate! Another thing that I was very worried about was if all my credits would transfer to Western Illinois University (WIU), where I will be attending next fall! And luckily every single one of my classes will transfer to WIU. I really misjudged JWCC, I’m having a better year than I ever had at SIUE! I’ve really enjoyed my year at JWCC and I know I made the right choice by coming back to Quincy and attending JWCC. My advice to those that had the same views as I once did, give JWCC a chance! Before thinking your only option is to leave Quincy and attend a four-year university, consider JWCC as an option. Make sure that before you decide to leave, come check out JWCC. You never know if it is a perfect fit for you as it was for me
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