As I sit here, about to write my final blog post-my last journalism assignment ever- I can’t help but let the flood gates of nostalgia burst open. These next few weeks will be filled with last minute scrambling-cramming and jamming (interpret at your own discretion.) And I am fighting back waves of post-college nausea and trying not to let the middle aged mentality of “college- best four years of your life” get me down.
I am down though. I might as well kick myself while I’m clinging to the crater ridden streets of UMass. Lets be frank, these were the best god damned years of my life and I wish I could remember more. Captain Morgan infused many- a- night with a thick fog of memory loss but I’d still board his ship in even the most inclement of weather.
This is a very surreal moment for me…for all of us about to graduate. How did we reach the end so quickly? I sure as hell wasn’t racing anyone. I distinctly remember crawling on many occasions. My mom is reading this and thinking “nice Sarah,” but she should be proud. UMass only has room for the strong. It spits out the overzealous party all the time types, tramples over the meek introverted study goblins and “weeds” out the overly conspicuous dorm room entrepreneurs. Which reminds me. Before I go, I need to make a public service announcement about another infamous UMass type.
ATTENTION: Being a douchebag is a serious phenomenon and douchebaggery rates have increased at UMass since 2005. No one knows the real cause, but scientists speculate that Natural Ice, trends in facial hair, The Hills, and Nickelback-among other factors- have played a major role. Spokespeople for the anti-douche coalition at UMass Amherst have noted increased rates of douchebaggery in every dormitory in Southwest as well. “High levels of douche activity have reportedly come from this area,” said the VP of the ADC. “We are trying to figure out how to keep this activity isolated, but so far we’ve only managed to confiscate 35 family guy DVDs and 200 cans of AX out of an estimated 17,000. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but the students that matter deserve a douche free campus. ”
That being said, on to the real reason for this post. My ‘Feedback Journalism’ experience.
I loved this class so much and I am sad that it has come to an end. Out of all of the journalism classes I have taken here at UMass, this was by far my favorite. Not to say some of the assignments didn’t make me want to pull my hair out (calling a radio talk show) for example. I didn’t mind the ‘letter to the editor’ assignment, however, If I could do it over again I would defintely spend more time finding an article that I actually cared about. Also, screw the NY times, I love Digg and Reddit. They have great links to sites that I otherwise would never have found on my own. The comments are also wittier, and it was much easier to jump into comment threads there than on the Times.
AND…a brief word about Twitter to the class and future twitterers: Don’t overthink it.
The main reason I say I loved this class so much because I came into it thinking that I hated journalism… thinking that I had wasted the last few years in a major that I couldn’t relate to. I was essentially learning a craft that I would never use or want to use. About halfway into this course, I realized that “journalism” does not have to be as cut and dry as many other professors had me believing. No offense (but really offense) to a certain professor- who i’ll just call H.R Beetle- because I have never had a teacher so discouraging in my life. I hated H.R’s class, H.R’s politics, interests, and H.R for everything H.R had us believing about ourselves and about journalism. I hated news writing, indeed, I hated newspapers after taking this class.
I just want to say thank you @scottbrodeur for allowing me to be creative and to enjoy writing once again. This blog is the coolest thing that i’ve had the opportunity to create in any class over the past 4 years. I love sharing it with people and getting their feedback. I have to admit, I did more feedback gathering than giving over the duration of this semester but I couldn’t help myself. Impending unemployment will mean the continuation of this blog into the near future and beyond (with employment I hope). Hopefully my readers got a few laughs out of this whole thing, I know I did but I am told laughing at your own jokes doesn’t count. And hopefully you all learned a thing or two about religion, ants, and propper railroad protocol (see previous posts).
To quote American Beauty; “You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry: you will someday.”
Over and out Feedback Journalism, over and out.