I can’t believe it’s already been a year, and that I’m that much closer to receiving my Masters of Arts. (While all of the one-year Newhouse graduate programs walk in graduation, most of us still have to complete a capstone project over the summer.)
While I’m writing articles on a freelance basis, the program pushed me to develop my voice in other ways beyond that of a journalism career path. I always said, if I went back to school I would go for writing — it’s my passion. I know that in all of my work, writing is at the core; I love to organize the flow of communications.
The interviewing, research and editing skills I’ve learned and honed in my Arts Journalism courses have been put to use in my other work. I’m creating podcasts, videos, and writing long-form articles and essays about entrepreneurship, relationships and media. Early in the year it hit me — all of the seemingly disparate things I’ve done in life have culminated in this experience at SU, the top communications school in the country.
My mom came up for the ceremony, held on the one day we had sun all week! I also took photos with my military friends — former graphic design students from the fall semester.
It was also such an honor and pleasure to be invited to the Military Visual Journalism Program Commencement Dinner and Certificate Ceremony. The one-year certificate program is offered through a partnership with SU and the military; those in the military communications sector (which, I heard, is composed of maybe 3,000 people total), have the opportunity to create a portfolio of their work, apply to this program, and receive a Newhouse education. It was so special to not only help teach and mentor them in my labs, but to also become friends with so many who, in turn, taught me so much.
As he shook my hand at graduation, one of the professors said jokingly, “Who will be the model now? We won’t have anyone to photograph! We will have no one to work with!” (Haha, maybe I’ll be around for more photos, who knows!)
I’m looking forward to completing my capstone, and to whatever is next on my journey.