What I’ve Learned in My Final Semester

My final semester in undergrad has trained me and given me the skills to enter the workforce as a full-time journalist. Specifically, my capstone course has prepared me to be able to create a full multimedia story, from pitching the story to presenting the final product.

My LinkedIn Learning course about Adobe Premier fine-tuned my skills in video editing and enhanced the skills I had already picked up from The Daily Aztec. The training was extneisve and long to go through, but it opened by eyes to editing styles and tricks I had never though of before.

Feedback from my professor also helped me resolve issues I have been facing in the middle stages of my multimedia story. Asking professors for help is something I have struggled with in the past, but in reality they are incredible resources and often have amazing connections that enhance the piece I am working on or give me opportunities for a future project. Being in small, intimate courses has allowed me to create these relationships with professors, and as I get ready to graduate, I have realized how crucial those relationships are.

One of my biggest struggles has been discipline in scheduling out my long term projects. Working completely online has taken a toll on my productivity and my overall work performance. However, my classmates and my professors have been incredibly supportive and a great group where I can bounce ideas, resolve issues, and overall relieve some of the stresses on my mental health. I’ve learned it’s okay to ask for help, and that working in pieces at a time on a project allows me to create the best possible projects and continue to be a storyteller, which is why I wanted to become a journalist at all.

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Alexa Oslowski

Alexa Oslowski

Photo Editor at The Daily Aztec, intern at East County Magazine and journalism student at San Diego State University. I am currently creating work in JMS 550.