by Loudes Gonzalez
With the semester and all of the madness that came with it come to an end, I feel it is appropriate to share some advice with students who will be taking Journalism 471 next semester or in the future.
You’ve heard the rumors and the continuous chatter from students who have already taken the class, “Jour. 471 is one of the hardest classes you’ll have to take,” are the rumors true? I’ll let you be the judge of that. To say the least this class will take a lot of your dedication. To help I have compiled a list of tips that can help you get through it all.
1. Get started early on
Most of your time will be consumed working on the group project campaign, however do not neglect the individual project. Start working on it the first day of class and commit to work on it as you go, it will be easier for you. Also it gives you enough time to finalize it and send it to the print shop.
2. Ask for help when you need it
If you have questions ask them! Whether you ask your professor or friends that have already taken the course, they can help. They are considered the experts so take advantage and ask, ask, ask!
3. Do not slack off!
Treat this class like you would a job, fulfill all of your responsibilities and meet the deadlines. You’ll be overwhelmed working on your group project but you should not neglect your individual project and other assignments.
4. Communicate with your group
A successful campaign is evident with a group that gets along and communicates well with each other. If you have questions or concerns on any part of the campaign, talk about them and delegate them with your group.
5. Take breaks when needed
From experience I know that the days before the campaign presentation are the most stressful. More than likely you and your group will be working on finalizing it for hours, and may become overwhelmed. So, don’t forget to take little breaks and breathers in between. Go out for lunch/dinner and leave your laptops at home.
Take the advice from your predecessors and may the odds be in your favor!
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