Thursday, March 29, 2012

Guess Who Popped Into My Classroom Yesterday?

If you guessed CNN and ESPN columnist L-Z Granderson,
then you are correct!

Talk about hands-on experience! L-Z Granderson came to visit my Media Revolutions class yesterday and was more than happy to answer the many questions we all had for him. He's written so many columns for CNN and ESPN, and he seems really passionate about what he does. If there's anything you should do with your life, you should do what you love, and L-Z Granderson is a great example of that!

Of course, he had his trials. There were many people who told him "no" simply because of his sexual orientation. The key is not to take "no" for an answer. If you have a passion for something and know that it's what you want to do with your life, you have to work for it. There may be times in your life where you may not get the answer you'd want to hear, whether it be from a college, a job, etc, etc. But don't let it bring you down! Keep going! The only way you're ever going to achieve something is if you keep working at it and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

If you're thinking about Journalism as a career, or even just becoming a Media/Journalism major, you're going to have to listen to a lot of "nos". Not everyone is going to like your work, but if you're passionate about it, you have to try not to get discouraged and stay true to yourself. Remember there's always room for improvement, but improvement and change are two different things! Don't change who you are, what you stand for, or how you create. Just make sure that you are doing the best that you can so that you can progress and be the best "you" you can be!

This can basically go for anything you want to do in life. If you work hard and stay true to yourself, you'll achieve great things. Saint Mike's really encourages that, and that's why they're constantly bringing professionals into our lives and classrooms. They want us to know that no matter how hard things may get, there are plenty of success stories from people who started out at the very bottom but continued to work hard and pursue their passion despite all of the "nos" they received. So many people spend much of their lives hearing nothing but "no" (just think of JK Rowling), but as long as you keep doing your personal best, that "yes" will come and it will be worth it :)

On a side note, it's really great to get informed about what's happening in our world, or even just our country, and reading opinion columns is a fun and interesting way to get that kind of information. L-Z does a great job, so if you're interested, read a couple of his CNN or ESPN columns. You won't regret it!

Monday, March 26, 2012

About Me - As a Student, As a Blogger

Hello there readers!!

Thank you for visiting my blog!! Many of you may be experiencing the incredibly famous "I Need-To-Get-Started-On-My-College-Search-Syndrome", or you may just be wondering what SMC is all about. I empathize with either since it was just a year ago that I was in your same position, but fear not, my friends! The whole blogosphere is great for learning about a subject through the actual experiences of other people, and I (being the ever-so-proud SMC student that I am) will do my absolute best to fill you in on what it's like here at SMC!

But first... a little about me...

I'm Lauren. I've grown up in the Bronx, NY my whole life and I've absolutely loved it. When I tell people this, they often seem to think I'm really dangerous. I mean, I can't blame them given my 5"3 petite stature. Who wouldn't be afraid of me? But don't worry, I promise I'm really nice! I'm currently a Psychology Major and a Media/Journalism Minor. I love to sing, write, bake cupcakes, and help others (though I believe baking cupcakes and helping others goes hand in hand).

Around campus, I'm involved in the DREAM program in which I mentor children every Friday along with a bunch of other members, which really adds to the community of the program. I love to participate in VITA (campus ministry) events as well along with my friends Alex and Maura.

I've been a Vegetarian ever since I read my freshman summer assignment "Eating Animals" for St. Mike's, and now I've finally made it into the transition of being vegan! I LOVE my food, and I especially love finding random places around Burlington to eat! I've recently really gotten into Vegan baking, and I found that I have an extreme LOVE for baking cupcakes (and, well, eating them, too)!! Stick around and maybe I'll take you on a tour to my favorite place in Burlington, My Little Cupcake, and I'll also toss in a few recipes of my own!

Honestly, I feel I have grown so much in my two semesters here at St. Mike's, and I have my professors and the warm community of students to thank for that. I've truly enjoyed the learning experiences I have had through our liberal arts curriculum, and they've really gotten me to think about my life. Saint Mike's has made me committed to eating and living well and doing what I love. I don't think too many places foster that kind of development, so please, let me show you why I love St. Mike's and why I know you'll love it, too!