A summer in the Capital city

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Pimienta, Alberto J.
Swingley, Sheryl A.
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In higher education, students' studies can be in two large divisions -humanities and sciences. Since I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to do something in the field of humanities. Therefore, when I was applying to Ball State University, I already knew I wanted to do telecommunicationsj ournalism.

When I started my college career, I realized there were many opportunities to be involved. I never hesitated to be part of student organizations. Three weeks into my first semester, I was already writing for our Emmy-winning, daily TV newscast "News Watch."

It did not take long for me to realize that the life of a telecommunications/ journalism major needs to be filled with out-of-the-classroom involvement. Student-run media offers great opportunities for students to be involved outside the classroom. Ball State's immersive learning approach also is vital for students to be prepared once they have to make the jump to the real world.

In addition to being involved in student media, it is imperative to land internships in order to polish your skills even more. Where you end up after your four years in college is connected with your internship experiences. I had two internships. The first one was in the summer of 2010 as a news department intern at WXIN-TV in Indianapolis. The second one was as a reporter in the Latin America Television Division of the Voice of America in Washington, D.C. This last experience was incredible and life changing. Therefore, I wanted to document my experience in the nation's capital. I also hope to influence and inspire other students to pursue the internship of their dreams.