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Paving the Path to Success

14 Apr

When a person begins college there is usually one of two paths they begin to take. The first being the fast track to success. This path is for the overly-ambitious, slightly obnoxious folks, who’ve known exactly what they’ve wanted to do since they were in diapers, and how they’re going to get there. It’s not a bad path to be on, in fact, it’s the best route for anyone who would like to have a successful career and life. However, there is another path,one in which there’s a lot of open road and much to be left for the imagination. This path, my friends, is the path of blind uncertainty. This path is for the people, that when asked the ever-impending question of doom: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”, give a shrug and say some derivative of: “I’m not really sure. I’m just taking some classes right now and I’ll see where I end up.” As you may have already deduced, this is the path that I began to take when I first came to USF in Fall of 2010. I had absolutely no idea what I wanted to do, partially because I am a scatter-brained, indecisive young adult who’s interests could not be more vast and bizarre, and also because I hadn’t really taken the time to think about where I could see myself in the next few years after completing college. But Spring of 2011 rolled around and I figured it was time to get serious and make a decision on what specific road I wanted to take. I chose Mass Communications-Telecommunications, because I’d like to be an anchor or host for any major network or cable channel some day.

So, now the question at hand is how will I arrive at my destination, or rather, my goal? Well, there are tons of tips online from people who have been through the process already, but here are some of my favorites/most helpful to get you started in the right direction:

1. Going to a university that offers TV Broadcasting as a major would be your obvious first step.

2. You must have experience in the field of media. So, you should join clubs at your university that cater to your major, become part of your school’s newspaper staff, be involved with any media put out for students i.e. radio, television, etc.

3. GET AN INTERNSHIP! This tip isn’t in all caps because my hand slipped while typing. Getting an internship is one of, if not the most important thing you can do while on your path to becoming a news anchor. By securing an internship with a TV news station, you get experience that is unattainable anywhere else. You also can network with the people you’re observing and learning from, and you may have an easier time getting a job once you’ve graduated that way as well. It is not only vital, but also beneficial for anyone in this field of study to get an internship!

4. Practice writing for the news. Nowadays most news anchors don’t just deliver the latest, they also write it. This means you must have practice in writing news stories prior to actual execution. Remember, writing a news story a day keeps the unemployment fairy away!

5. Practice being in front of the camera. If your dream job involves being on display for millions of viewers every day, then you need to have practice being on film. Get comfortable with having the spotlight on you, and make sure you learn to speak with good diction, and at the proper pace.