- Obviously, my family and friends come first. Without them, I would not be the person I am today and I am pretty happy with how I turned out :)
- Music. Music has been a tremendous part of my life growing up and I don’t know how I could live without it.
- Being able to breathe. Sometimes, it can be hard to take a step back and just take a deep breath. I am lucky to be able to control my stress and take a well-deserved break when needed.
- Living where I do in the world. If I were living in the middle east, I would be in the middle of a huge war. If I were living in the deserts of Africa, I would probably not have running water and easy access to food. If I were living in China, I would be breathing in toxic air all day. Be thankful that you do not live in poverty, in a warzone, or in pollution.
- Being able to make positive changes. My main goal in life is to spread equality and happiness wherever I go, and to help improve my life and the lives of others by making a difference.
- Being able to be happy. Some people struggle with this. I know life can get hard at times, but there’s always a better tomorrow somewhere down the road.
- Living my life freely. Millions of people get executed for their religious beliefs or other personal choices they’ve made. I’m happy to live in a free country where I can make my own decisions and not have to worry about deadly consequences.
- Internet friends. I have a list of 6 internet friends: Larissa, Beth, Delaney, Abby, Lilith, and Carol. Even with some of them being all the way around the world, and others as close as Kansas, they all have made huge positive impacts on my life. I know that whenever I’m completely alone, they will always be there for me. Even when my real life friends may bail on me, I know they will be there to help me back up. Love you guys <3
- One Direction. “Oh my gosh but One Direction is for little girls!” First of all, no. Second of all, you can mock me all you want, but the amount of times they have saved me are countless, so please, don’t ridicule. You never know someone’s reasons for liking a certain band that the media portrays as “bubblegum pop.” (Which they most definitely are not. To find out for yourself, buy “No Control” on iTunes and give it a listen!!)
- Netflix. Without Netflix, how else would I spend my free time?
- All social media platforms to be completely honest. Having social media in this day and age is a vital way of learning about current events all over the world. Social media led me to feminism and many other sources of happiness in my life (a.k.a internet friends & One Direction).
- A cozy bed. If you have ever been to my house and laid on my bed, you would know that it feels like you’re lying on a cloud… just saying.
- Space heaters. As I am writing this, I’m sitting right next to one and it’s pretty darn amazing. Also because I am living on the south side of my house, so I get all the frigid air right in my bedroom. The space heater keeps me warm at night.
- Dr. Pepper. Again, as I am writing this, I am drinking a Dr. Pepper. It’s a good source of energy, you feel?
- Doctor Who. This television show has forever changed my life. It changed my perception of the universe, how life is out there-yet to be discovered, and how tiny we actually are in comparison to the rest of the universe (see #16).
- The universe. There’s so much to be explored and I want to see it all. Its endless beauty is so remarkable and it intrigues me so much. It gives me hope for a better world someday where not everyone is constantly arguing over everything.
- The Sun. Without it, we would all be frozen. Thank the Sun for keeping us warm.
- Food, water, all the necessities. These are pretty much self-explanatory.
- Disney. All of the Disney movies that I watched growing up taught me how to sing and be kind to everyone.
- St. Louis Bread Company/Panera. Have you ever had their hot chocolate? You need to try it, it’s absolutely amazing.
- Pets. When I’m having a bad day, I can just grab one of my two cats, Loki and Lani, or my dog, Chip, and cuddle with them. Instantly makes my day.
- Feminism. It has completely changed who I am as a person and taught me things I would have never known without it. It made me more aware of what I say and do.
- Theatre. With theatre, I have found so many new friends. I finally feel like I truly belong somewhere.
- Having an education. This is a privilege I take for granted a lot. Having an education means being able to make a change in this world and hopefully spread the knowledge I have to others.
- Love. It keeps me out of trouble. It makes me feel safe. It makes me feel happy. I am so eternally grateful for love.
There’s so much to be thankful for everyday. Here’s a list of what I am thankful for the most.
About 3 weeks ago, I attended Drury University’s TV Conference in Springfield, Missouri with two of my classmates, Molly Landolt and Courtney Wheeler, and my adviser, Ms. Michelle Turner. It was such an educational experience. I tried new things, such as anchoring, that really opened my eyes to new future careers.
After a three-hour car ride talking about basically everything and anything (and maybe a cat nap or two), we finally arrived at the beautiful campus of Drury University. The leaves were all stunning, ranging from red to yellow. It was absolutely breathtaking.
When we first arrived, we got a little lost trying to find our way to the check in. Thankfully, we found it and made our way to a lecture presented by Ashley Reynolds. I learned a lot of valuable information to become a better journalist. My favorite piece of advice was this: write it and walk away, which basically means write your script and then simply walk away from it and come back to it later with a new perspective.
After the lecture, we made our way to our first competition: news writing.
Molly, Courtney and I walked to the room. We had one hour to write a story script about a topic we were given along with a bit of information about the topic. I had a lot of technical difficulties, taking away about half of the time I was given to write my script. Soon, the complications went away and I finished my script right as time was called. It was not my best work, but I enjoyed writing the script.
My next session was anchoring.
Prior to that day, I had no practice at all reading from a teleprompter or transitioning from story to story. I knew my judge, Carole Lambert, was a professional. The studio I competed in was named after her! I attended an anchoring practice class that she hosted. She gave great tips on how to speak, sit, and present yourself on camera. She knew what she was doing, so I was afraid I would mess up and embarrass myself.
The nerves got to me throughout the whole thing. The lights and camera were a little intimidating, which made me mess up a couple of words here and there, but I picked up right after the mess ups and kept on going.
Being new at anchoring, I was terrified that I would perform poorly. Thankfully, my experience with acting helped reading off new information and saying it correctly, most of the time anyway.
Since news writing and anchoring were the only two competitions I signed up for, my group and I got to go for lunch and had a bit of free time until the ending ceremony.
At lunch time, we were confronted by four girls who offered us their extra pizzas… for free! So we took the pizza and sat down at a local park.
We took a self-guided tour through Springfield, finding a geocache here and there (Geocaching is basically a nation-wide scavenger hunt. Find out more about it at geocaching.com). I discovered how beautiful it was in Springfield. After about 3 hours of lunch, parks and geocaches, we headed back to the Drury University campus.
The dinner and awards ceremony were a lot of fun. There was a DJ; the atmosphere was so full of energy. They handed out awards and we got to see first place videos, music videos, and stories. Three of our staffers, Ellie Scheer, Erin Ready, and Emmy Lopez, won second place for their mail-in story on Barb and Marvin: 50 years of Football. (http://bluejayjournaltv.weebly.com/marvinbarb50years.html)
When the ceremony was over, we received our judges’ sheets from the competitions we entered. Apparently, I did a lot better at anchoring than I expected because I had two stars at the top of my page! Kind of childish, I know, but I was so excited because I had no practice before. It opened my eyes to possibly go into news anchoring as a career if I practiced hard enough.
My experience at the DUTV Conference was an enlightening opportunity for me. I enjoyed seeing other people as passionate about Broadcast as I am. I definitely want to participate and compete next year if possible.