Reflection on Semester 1

I have handed everything in for Semester 1, which has come as a huge relief.

The feeling of getting the 3 green slips for the assignments is very satisfying, but I also realise that this signals the half way point of my degree, and the work will only increase as the months progress.

I’m able to look back on the work I have done, recognising the positives and the negatives, and using those to go forward to the next semester.

Having a period of illness half way through the semester didn’t help, but I feel that during my recovery, I probably did more than I should have in that time, but only by doing that, that I am able to hand in early for the deadlines.

Im looking towards semester 2 with many positives, and by keeping on top of the work load, taking on extra work experience, and holding down a busy job, I can aim high as always over the next few months.

Speaking to the First Year Students

I was very honoured to be asked to speak with the new starters on the Journalism and Digital Media course.  I remember back 12 months, where I was feeling a little overawed by it all, and not feeling at all sure about what was to come over the next few years.

By giving my experiences of the first year, I hope that the new students take some of it on board, and make sure that they all get to the end of the year and beyond.

As I’ve been very focused throughout the year, in terms of work experience, hand-in dates and being pro-active in terms of learning, I feel that I can help to inspire them through out their first year, and also keep me focused on the next 2 years.

By working hard, turning up to classes, maximising any opportunity to get the name out there into the marketplace, and treating it as a 9-5 job with overtime, then good grades can be achieved, and it’s all about making sure that you are ready for graduation and going out into the real world of work.

In closing, it’s about making sure you’re ready for when opportunity knocks, and if it doesn’t, then it’s about being persistent to make sure that you make your own doors.

Technology and Year 2

I’m hoping to get a better understanding of the inner workings of many of the pieces of technology that are available to me within HSAD during Year 2.

I will be spending a lot more time in the studio, with self taught work so that I can move my knowledge forward to further enable me to get a good job after graduation in 2017.

I have no ties to any particular area in the country, or in fact the world, so I can look at jobs around the country, in order to make a difference in journalistic circles.

A move to Manchester and Salford is an option, given the potential of MediaCity, but also a move to London could also be on the cards.

I hope that I can share my journey with you all, and that any help and advice that you are able to give would be very much appreciated.

I’m working hard to ensure that I can maximise my experiences, and make 3 very important people to me extremely proud.

Forward Planning – Year 2

I’ve been having a little browse over the current Year 2 students blogs, to try and get a grip on what sort of work I will be doing when I return to University in September.

Looking through the work, I can see lots of exciting opportunities in the year, and I look forward to getting to grips with the sessions and making full use of the technology that is available to me.

I’m fortunate to have my own digital SLR camera, and HD Video camera, so I am not reliant on the limited resources of the college stores, in order to complete my work.

I will be keeping on top of my time management through the weeks, to ensure that I hand in everything ahead of time, and I can use the spare couple of weeks to fine tune everything within my blog to make sure that my grades are as high as possible throughout the year, and then moving on into Year 3.

Preparation for Year 2

It might be the end of Year 1, but that doesn’t mean that I’m resting on my laurels and just enjoying the sunshine.

As part of Creative Futures for next year, I will be making the Immersive Web Experience all about Richie Benaud, so I have bought the book Richie published in 2011, to learn more about my subject, ready to create a product worthy of the man.

My Life So Far

It’s a fascinating read, and even though I’m only 3 chapters in, I have discovered things that I never knew, and I thought I knew my subject well.

I’m looking forward to getting through the book, and using this knowledge in my product in Year 2.

Everything Handed In

All done and dusted by 12.50pm, green slips collected, and I’ve managed to get everything in 8 days before the final deadline.

I can’t tell you the relief that I feel now having completed it all, but I won’t be resting on my laurels, I will be reading back over the semester, to ensure that I learn from the content, and add extra content where it is relevant.

Thanks to everyone who’s got me through the year, and we will move forward to next year, to aim high and make sure that I keep on top of my processes and time management.

The Chequered Flag is being prepared….

It’s almost 6pm BST, and I’m pretty much all completed with my essays, presentations and work for the semester, and I can’t wait to head into Uni tomorrow and start to fill out the submission forms.

I’m not going to deny, there have been some stressful times, both with work and family, and there have been times when I’ve seriously doubted what I’ve been doing.

I can move forward into the summer, get a job to earn some much needed cash, and look to prepare for Year 2, and I’ve already lined up Shorthand, and a greater grasp of Media Law as two things I want to work on.

So here’s to the Summer, happier times all being well, and a good grounding ready to attack Year 2 from Day One!