My Final Thoughts

A reflection on having spent a semester engaging in the arts and creativity

By: Aditya Kashyap

Throughout the semester, I have had the unique opportunity to be a part of some once-in-a-lifetime performances. As much as I love the arts, I still struggle to make time to see performances even though I participate in creative work. This class allowed me to try new things and step out of my comfort zone, and for that I am very thankful. Here are links to my experiences in this class and my thoughts on each of them.

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A Semester Exploring the Arts

Written by Lesly Marroquin

It is that time of the semester where everything is coming to its end, and as a senior in her last semester, it is truly ending.

Reflecting back on the semester, this class was a breath of fresh air and I am glad to have taken my friend’s recommendation to take this course. I had never before had taken advantage of the Krannert Center on campus, and I am incredibly pleased that I did so before graduating.

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Taking A Step Back

As a graduating senior in news-editorial journalism, I have to say this class has been different than anything I’ve taken before. I’m really glad we are required to take this class alongside broadcast majors because it taught me how to use my voice and my eye in addition to my writing. Each assignment taught me something different about myself and the way I approach my storytelling.

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It’s a good time to stop and reflect on the semester.

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Going beyond the written word: My multimedia journey

It has been only three months since the semester’s start, but I have learned more about filming and editing in these few months than I ever have before.

unnamedI came into this class with limited experience using a camera and a lack of confidence in audio and video reporting. I would shudder at the thought of recording myself for a voice-over narration. I had never used Final Cut Pro. I only vaguely recognized what “NATsound,” “soundbite” and “lower third” meant. And that made me anxious that I would struggle through this class.

But, eight assignments later, I can say I had a much more positive experience with multimedia reporting than I had anticipated.

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My Multimedia Journey…

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Wow… what a journey it has been since the start of our multimedia class this semester. I remember feeling so overwhelmed the first day of class. I had no idea what to expect, and I remember looking at the previous class’s page and thinking that there was no way that I was going to get through all eight assignments. I left the class with a bag full of equipment, a list of additional equipment to buy and Assignment One hanging over my head. Looking back, I am proud how much I’ve improved and learned in one short semester. Little by little my videos progressed and I gained more confidence in my shooting and editing abilities. With that being said, here is a look back at all eight of my multimedia assignments:

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