Blue Jay Journal TV is honestly one of the best things school has had to offer me. There are so many things that have made me fall in love with this class. Although this is only my first year (there are a few more to come), this class and the people apart of it have had an amazing impact on my life.
Obviously this class has taught me so much about journalism, filming, and telling stories through the eyes of others, but it has also taught me so much that can be applied to everyday life and my attitude towards it. While there are so many things I would love to rant on about for pages on end, I’ll stick to my top three life lessons this class has taught me.
If it wasn't for Ms. Turner, I honestly do not know where I would be with my academics. There was a point towards second quarter that all my grades were slipping. My attendance was poor. I just didn't appreciate school. When Ms. Turner caught sight of what was going on in my life, she requested that I come into her room after school to have a quick chat. I walked in not knowing what this talk was going to be about, so when she expressed her concern it definitely took me by surprise. To sum that situation up, there was a “contract” signed and many tears shed. Looking back, I cannot thank her enough for helping me get back on my feet. Not only that, but for teaching me that it really is NOT that hard to apply yourself. You are the only one who can change things for yourself.
“We Before Me”
This is something introduced to me by my cheer coach, but it can apply to so many things, including BJJTV. I’ve learned that to get anything accomplished you must do things to benefit all the people involved, not just yourself. Whether that be filming, editing, or even coming up new ideas, you have to be all in. This is common sense. We've probably heard this countless times growing up. We will probably continue to be told this for the rest of our lives. Although people are told this, they may not always apply that to real-life situations. With the type of classroom environment and assignments given in BJJTV, you HAVE to work as a team. If you do not, the television show and website will suffer. If you take the "We Before Me" mindset and apply that to everything you do in life, I promise you will succeed. Always remember, there is no ‘I’ in team. We before me.
Express your thoughts & opinions.
It is 100% okay to disagree with someone (respectfully), or to tell someone what you are really thinking or feeling. It is also 100% okay to ask questions or give advice. When you are in a classroom like BJJTV where all you do is work in teams to come up with ideas and produce interesting stories, you must be able to say what you're thinking openly and freely. Just because someone already has a “vision,” that doesn’t mean you can't add your input, too. No matter what, do not be afraid of what someone may think about your ideas. You never know, it may be the best idea you’ve ever come up with. No one knows what you’re thinking unless you say it. Express your thoughts and say them with confidence. That is one of the most relieving feelings, getting everything off your chest. Don’t be afraid to do your thing.
Bonus: It's ok to ask for help.
Also, you can’t be afraid to ask questions. If you aren’t fully understanding something, investigate until you do! If Ms. Turner wants us to edit a story, but we need help, all we have to do is ask her and she’ll be there to lend a helping hand. Through Blue Jay Journal TV, I have learned that this is the way I should approach everything that comes my way. If you're at a new job, getting a new pet, or even debating what pair of shoes to buy, don't be afraid to ask questions in order to get the knowledge you need. It will only be in your benefit.
Aside from just these three (actually, four) things, Blue Jay Journal TV has taught me about relationships, empathy, being open-minded, making friends, being comfortable talking in front of large groups, how to improve my writing skills, investigating, and more. Honestly, I have a better appreciation for almost everything in life.
I have so much gratitude for my Blue Jay Journal TV family.
Thank you for an amazing first year.