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The Beauty of Success and Failure: That’s a Wrap – SCHMITT

“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”

Wow, we did it. What a semester. I am so proud to have reached this moment as a student, and more importantly, as a journalist. From the beginning, I felt like I was already embarking on an uphill battle. Taking Multimedia Reporting and Audio Journalism together in a semester was demanding to say the very least. My counselors and professors warned me, but I was prepared and ready to tackle the challenge head-on. There were many long nights, days spent running from interview to interview, and moments when I questioned if this is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. But, I quickly learned over this semester that journalism is absolutely my passion. I met amazing people, covered inspiring stories, and pushed myself beyond what I thought was my limit. I’m so thankful that I was able to find the beauty in both success and failure. Each assignment had a purpose, and each assignment had a lesson. Follow along as I look back at my journey over the past few months.

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Let’s see how far we’ve come: Polcyn semester review

Coming into this semester, I thought I had it all figured out. I had a lot of experience writing between my time with classes, my work with the Daily Illini, and running everything on campus for Barstool Sports. But, after taking this class — I now realize I was clueless. With the skills I have learned in this class, I have been able to do much better work not only for the lass, but also in my other areas of work, and to me personally the difference has been astounding. Throughout every project, good or bad, I learned skills that I never had before, and for that I have to really thank Professor Collins for caring so much about all of us students and making sure that we continue to improve together. But, I’ll get back to all that later, take a look at how this semester has gone for me below!  Continue reading

Williamson Group Reflection

I think it’s appropriate for me to take a moment before I go into detail about our group’s projects to talk about how awesome it is how far we’ve all come together since the beginning of this semester. I personally know that I’ve made friends here that I’ll never forget, and have strengthened some friendships I’d already made! I’m really excited to see all the epic things we are 150% destined to do in the future, and the impact we will make as a whole.

Be The Power

First off: I really loved the entirety of this piece. From the mission, to the execution, you guys have it all done really well! I really like the website layout, color scheme, and how it starts off straight away hitting you with facts that both are interesting, and allow you to learn more about your project. I really think you guys killed it in all of your packages, and also really enjoy how your menu transitions from up to down from learning about and hearing the issue that you present, into what you can actually do about sexual assault, and how you can make an impact even just in your individual life. A little help for someone else can go a long way in the scheme of  things, I think you guys captured this really well!

 

The Accessible Experience

The first taste I ever got of wheelchair basketball was from a tv show called “Friday Night Lights.” A future-NFL quarterback gets sidelined and paralyzed from the waist down, and joins a wheelchair rugby team (Though it’s not actually wheelchair basketball, it showcases a lot of the same skills that prove that people in wheelchairs can continue to be top of the line athletes despite their “handicap”. I Think you guys did a fantastic job of putting this piece together. I really enjoyed that you guys branched out from the wheelchair basketball team and made the piece more about the struggle of accessibility on campus as a whole for people in wheelchairs. My friend Nae was actually in your video, she’s a caretaker! She’s a really interesting person, and her job is something she really cherishes, which is great! I really learned a lot about the issues with accessibility on campus, and what people are trying to do to fix them.

 

A-typical Is The New Typical

Really enjoyed this project. I think far too often people are left out of the main picture of what it is like to be a college student. I really enjoyed that you guys showcased the different quirks, differences, and cool things about students that people may otherwise have not known about! I really like the thought that even the most typical, or a-typical, student can be important to the university, and that everyone has their own pros, cons, faults, and advantages. I really like that you guys were able to successfully capture the wild world of the college student in the time restraints we were given. This was far and away some of the best work I’ve seen from the class, and I enjoyed it a lot.

 

It’s been a pleasure to get to work with everyone in this class, and once again I’m so excited to see what the futures hold for us!

 

Polcyn Group reflection

Before addressing each project I just want to thank all of you and especially professor Collins for such a great semester. I think that we all have learned so much, and have made some amazing strides as a class that we never would have made without each other.

Be The Power

I was very impressed by this project and thought that you guys did an amazing job of setting the tone for the class and gave an amazing presentation to start us all off. You did an amazing job of not just educating us, but also entertaining us and using effective ways to get your points across. I was extremely impressed by this group, and think that you guys did an amazing job of working together to use all of your individual strengths as a team. Great job as a whole, and best of luck going forward.

The Diverse Voices of UIUC

This project was probably the most unique in my opinion, and I really enjoyed it because of this. You guys took a very important topic, and used a very different approach to getting it across in your own way and still telling an important story. Especially when it comes to your site as a whole, I thought you did an amazing job and think you guys should all be very proud.

A-Typical is the New Typical

Finally, I really enjoyed this project and thought that it was especially unique because it was so relatable. Many times people only see the exterior you put out, and you guys did a great job focusing on the fact that we are all unique and have our individual struggles that we face in our lives. Many times that isn’t easy to see, and you did an amazing job of highlighting it.

All in all, I think everyone did an amazing job. You should all be very proud and I am really looking forward to seeing more of your work in the future. Thanks for an amazing semester, and for making such great projects

-Tommy

Looking Back: End of Semester Reflection

Woohoo- we made it! I remember first getting our class syllabus and being really intimidated, but honestly, I did not find any of the challenges to be insurmountable. With the help of Professor Collins and some ingenuity, I found that I was able to push my limits as a creator and a journalist and create work at a caliber that both surprised and impressed myself.

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Group Project Reflection-Barakat

First off, I would like to congratulate everyone on some awesome projects and the hard work we put into these projects. They are all really important subjects and were done really well! Thank you everybody putting in the work to share these stories and thank you Professor Collins for pushing us!

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Group Reflection – Schmitt

After watching each group present, I was so proud to see everyone’s work come together. The collaboration and teamwork was truly inspiring, and I’m very thankful to be a small part of this amazing class. What a semester! What improvement! Thank you, Professor Collins for guiding the way. The blood, sweat and tears paid off.

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EveryDAY Should be a SunDAE – Schmitt

How to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

A sweet frozen treat with a combination of your favorite ingredients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ice cream sundaes never get old. They are the perfect frozen treat for any time of the year, and you can make one yourself with a few quick, easy steps. The best part is you can personalize your ice cream sundae however you’d like! That’s right…no ice cream sundae is the same. Choose your favorite flavor of ice cream or feel free to combine them, add toppings of your choice, and share your creation with friends and family. This recipe is entirely dependent on what you’re in the mood for or what happens to be in your pantry, but here’s my favorite combination of ingredients. And, let me tell you, I think it is better than ANY ice cream parlor around.

Follow along with my guide to make the sweetest, most sumptuous sundaes…in less than 3 minutes! Are you ready?!

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