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Clubs at VMI

March 5, 2015 in Alive Campus, Campus Life, Sports

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If you decide to attend the Virginia Military Institute you should know right away that your time is very limited, especially your first year. During your first year you don’t really get the option to join many clubs since they keep you pretty busy with other activities. However, once you complete the first six months of your first year you can join just about any club you want! There are a variety of different types of clubs, so you can choose anything that suits your fancy. The clubs range from academic, to theater, to sports clubs and there really aren’t any bad ones that are looked down upon, because if there were the school wouldn’t allow us to have them.

So to start off with the more academic side of things these are your options.

American Chemical Society

American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Economics and Business Association

Cadet Investment Group

English Society

Honors Forum

Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers

International Relations

Pre-Law Society

Society of Physics Students

Tau Beta Pi

These options give you a range of different groups that you might like to join, especially if there is one that is also your major.

 

Next are the club sports. If you don’t want to participate in sports as an NCAA athlete, then these are a great alternative.

Basketball (Men’s & Women’s)

Boxing

Rugby (Men’s & Women’s)

Equestrian

Soccer

Field Hockey

Tennis

Golf

Powerlifting

Ice Hockey

Trap & Skeet

Jiu-Jitsu

Triathlon

Lacrosse

Ultimate

Marathon

Volleyball

Pistol

Water Polo (Men’s)

Wrestling

Painball

 

Next are the publications clubs that you can be a part of. If you like to write and/or take pictures then you can either join The Cadet Newspaper or The Bomb, which is our yearbook. Both are cadet run publications and are looking for writers and photographers all the time.

 

Next are the special interest groups. These range from a variety of different interest and thus why they are called special interest.

Acoustic Guitar

Android/iphone App

Ballroom Dance

Big Red

Civil War Roundtable

College Republicans

College Democrats

Eagle Scouts

Fishing Club

Knitting and Crocheting

Marksmanship Club

Recycling Club

Scuba Club

Soaring Club

Yell Leaders

 

The military clubs are next and as you might have guessed revolve around the military, so if you are really motivated and Hooah about the military then you might want to consider joining one of these clubs.

Armed Forces Aviation

Arnold Air Society

Association of the U.S. Army

Cadet Battery

LDAC

Marshall-New Market Battalion

Ranger Challenge

Semper Fi Society

Tanker Platoon

Trident Society

Special Actions Detachment

Veterans

 

The religious clubs are next. So if there is a specific denomination that you follow then there just might be a club for it as well that meets on a weekly basis! Check the list below.

Baptist Student Union

Canterbury Fellowship

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Lutheran Student Union

Newman Club

Officers Christian Fellowship

Presbyterian Campus Ministry

Religious Council

United Methodist Christian Fellowship

 

If you are really interested in public service then you might consider joining or participating in the many service clubs that are available. These include the following:

Blood Mobile

Cadet Program Board

Cadet Recreation Committee

Emergency Response Team

Firefighters

International Club

Search and Rescue Squad

Timber Framers

Engineers Without Borders

 

Last and certainly not least are the music and theater clubs. Here is the wide variety that we have available.

Commanders jazz ensemble

Glee Club

Herald Trumpets

Men in Grey a cappella group

Pipes and Drums

Progressive Music Club

Brass Ensemble

Regimental Band

Timmins-Gentry Music Society

Theatre

So overall, no matter what your interests are there are tons of choices for clubs and if we don’t have what you like then you can always start one yourself! However, I think you can find at least one that can occupy the rest of your time at the I.

Considering Communication Studies or German?

November 21, 2014 in Academics, Career, Colleges

Longwood public speaking class in CSTAC.

Longwood public speaking class in CSTAC.

I major in Communication Studies: Mass Media.  I also have a minor in German.  My studies at Longwood University are some of the best in the business.

My major in Communication Studies: Mass Media and I absolutely love it!  I want to become a journalist one day, and if you are considering any profession in the field of mass media, this is the right major for you.  We get to do a lot of fun, hands-on field work.  We work a lot with cameras and editing software and also dip into many different topics like news broadcasting, opinion writing, digital page design, media law, and more.

For people who think that they have to be the prettiest, or the most technologically smart to be in the major, you are wrong.  People who major in Mass Media, are diverse and come from all different backgrounds and experience levels.  We get first hand experience on how a newsroom would operate, and also how it would be working in the real world inside of a communications department.

Communication Studies in general at Longwood has two different concentrations.  We have Public Relations and Organizational Communication, that goes along with Mass Media.  The two will give you valuable experience in the classrooms in the beautiful building called CSTAC on its campus.

Also, especially for Mass Media concentrations, across campus from CSTAC, there is a building with a full television studio and a radio station that are both student run.  Communication Studies majors are also some of the most involved on Longwood’s campus.  They are involved in internships and job in the public relations office, on The Rotunda newspaper, do social media marketing and management for various offices, and have radio shows on WMLU 91.3FM.

I am also a German minor at Longwood.  For all of you who hate languages, I did too at the beginning.  I really thought it was going to be a 4 semester journey, just to knock out my general education goal.  But, I found that German taught me a lot about diversity and learning in a completely different way, so I decided to make it my minor.  I enjoy the small program, and learning in fun and unique ways.  I also think that it helps me with my journalism aspirations, because it is helping me learn a language, and making me more marketable.

I also enjoy both of the programs that I am in because of my awesome and fun professors.  They are very hands on and know all of the students in the major/minors name.  They make your experience in the program really interactive and more flexible, and I really enjoy that aspect of my major and minor at Longwood.

If you are looking for a major or minor with that will give you real life experience, that broaden your horizons, with small class sizes, and motivating professors, Communication Studies or German would be a great fit for you.

My advice to potential students who are looking to find a major or minor that is fit for them, I would just tell them to be passionate about their future and their career aspirations!  Also, I would tell them to challenge themselves.

Want an iPad? Take this class at UMaine!

November 1, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Career, Colleges

UMaine iPad

The University of Maine is one of the best colleges in the state with innovation and integrating technology into the classroom. With the communications and journalism department here at UMaine, there has been an emphasis to be a leader in these categories. Here are some of the coolest classes to take:

Multimedia production – Who doesn’t want an iPad for a semester? Of course every student does. In multimedia production the integration of the iPad has really been a game changer for the entire structure of the class. Before, students would have to check out  cameras, audio equipment, etc. because there wasn’t one device that could do it all. The CMJ department purchased an iPad for each student to use in the class and it’s a great experience. Want to edit some of your audio interview right away? You can do just that with Garageband. This only helps students because mobile journalism is becoming even more prevalent and building this experience, while creating skills using different programs will only help you when looking for jobs. Even though this is a required journalism class, you will enjoy yourself while taking this class because you can also use the iPad in your free time. For four months you receive a iPad, who wouldn’t want that?

Opinion writing: the blog age – Interested in sports, fashion, or technology? You can write all about these topics or any others you have interest in while taking this class. Learn how to build a WordPress site and manage posts are great skills to have because WordPress is becoming extremely popular to use for many sites. It teaches the students to really go in depth with these topics, because by the end of the semester each student has to have roughly 40 posts. It also simulates a beat that reporters have to cover, which is a great learning experience. The opportunity for students to write about something for an entire semester that interests them will really produce some quality content. That content can than be used to show employers your work that you have done while in school.

Media ethics –  Some may be reading this and thinking how is this class interesting seems like it would be a snooze fest? Well, it was actually the opposite. Many of the issues that were discussed in this capstone class were extremely engaging and recent which helped students relate to the topic matter. After discussing these issues it is great for your career because then you can think about these ethical issues in every situation that you may be in. This will become second nature for some and will help you solve and manage huge ethical dilemmas that may be problematic for you in the future.

Sports in journalism – Probably one of the coolest classes that the University offers. Each student was issued a college football team at the beginning of the year and to help some students that have used social media each student had to tweet about their team a few times a week. Social media is a huge part of journalism and helping promote your work. Great class that was fun to take and learned a lot of techniques that can be used in writing sports stories.

Those are some great classes at the University of Maine, if you are looking at becoming a journalism major make sure you have these on your wishlist!

Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Change Your Major

October 1, 2014 in Academics, Campus Life, Top 10 Lists

Last time around, I gave some reasons why you should switch your major. Generally, I would say rely on your gut feeling and do what you know in your heart will suit you. But sometimes, people let their judgment get a little too cloudy. I’ve given you the Top Ten Signs It’s Time To Switch Majors, this time I’m giving you the Top Ten Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Change Your Major!

1. You want the cute girl/guy down the hall to be in all of your classes. The chances of you even ending up in any of his or her classes if you do switch is too small to even make this something to actually consider. More importantly, this is just an absolutely silly reason.

2. You’re the only one in your friend group that’s in a different major. Seeing friends in classes is cool, but DO NOT switch majors for this perk. Your friends (hopefully) chose majors that they love. You should do the same and realize that what they love may not be what you love.

3. You got your first C and now you’re panicking. Things like this happen. This doesn’t make you incompetent and this isn’t a sign that you are set to fail every class your major lines you up with.

4. You like your major, but [insert other major here] looks kinda cool too. Don’t let “kinda cool” sway you so easily. If anything, do the research first before jumping to see if that “kinda cool” major is a good fit for you.

5. You heard people in [insert major here] don’t get homework. As much as homework stinks, it helps you learn. As much as you may hate homework ( And I feel your pain. Really, I do!) this is no reason to switch.

6. It’s been proven: People in [insert major here] party harder. Stop right here and please re-evaluate. It doesn’t matter how hard they party. There’s a time and place for everything. You can party no matter what major you are. Don’t let something as trivial as this sway you.

7. Your mom or dad thinks you should switch. Yes, family expectations exist. And they can be so restricting. But you have the choice, whether you think you do or not.

8. Your boyfriend/girlfriend thinks you should switch majors. You love this person, yes, but you shouldn’t let them dictate how you live your life. Ultimately, you are in charge of your future.

9. You can’t help but think of all the swag that would be dripping off of you when you’re in that lab coat. I understand the struggle, but this is definitely not a reason to switch. Please trust me on this.

10. Certain class requirements get you down. So you walked out of your first class of the day, and your teacher expects you to read 100 pages! Reason to switch majors? Not even by a long-shot. There will be classes that have requirements that you won’t be so thrilled about. You’ll get through it.

Should You Switch Majors? Maybe Not!

Should You Switch Majors? Maybe Not!

“Core” Courses are Off Course

September 30, 2014 in Academics, Alive Campus, Career, Colleges, Reviews

Boston College Core Curriculum

Boston College Core Curriculum

Colleges and universities around the nation and in other parts of the world all structure their classes and academics differently. Boston College requires each student to take classes from a “core curriculum,” which includes two semesters of science, two semesters of philosophy and theology, language, one arts class (music, theater, painting), an English literature class, social science, history, and math. As you can tell, this core is quite extensive; it touches upon virtually every discipline, however briefly. I think that for people who have not been exposed to certain disciplines, or want to learn more about a particular one, this is a very beneficial set up. Those who have not declared a major can get a little taste of each subject and decide what intrigues or fascinates them most.

On the other hand, however, it is quite tedious and can even get in the way of classes taken for one’s major. For example, I wanted to take a particular science class to fulfill my second credit, but it coincided with a class that I needed for my major, so I couldn’t take it.

The bigger issue for me, however, is that the distribution of these core credits is incredibly swayed and focuses more on certain disciplines than others. Coming from a musical background, I advocate strongly not only for all of the arts, but also for music in particular. Music is pushed aside starting from grade school. What was cut first from school curricula when the economy plummeted? The arts. The arts are continually pushed to the side because they are not as valued as science, math, history or english. We study all four of these subjects (and various denominations within them, such as physics or American history, algebra or Russian literature) from the first grade until 12th grade. So why must we take a class about the same thing we have learned for at least ten years?

Don’t get me wrong – science and history are vital subjects, but two semesters of each is overkill, as is two semesters of philosophy and theology. Those are two years of core right there, on top of what you have to fulfill for your major. Instead of taking yet another class about American history or chemistry, we should be advocating more for the arts. People shove arts to the side because they are not moneymaking disciplines. Most artists, musicians, or theatre actors (I’m not talking Hollywood) make very little money, and often have to teach or have another side job in order to support themselves. Business and technology are always relevant and necessary, but they are not more important than the arts. Business, economics, tech are all fields that are relevant right now  but they won’t be important 50 to 100 years from now. Think about it: how many businessmen are spoken about in the course of history, versus how many writers, composers, artists, etc. are crucial, influential components of our world’s past?

Because society shoves the arts to the side and deems them less important than other subjects, people don’t go into these fields. Rather, people may have an interest in music, but realize that they won’t be able to support themselves by simply playing an instrument or painting, so they pursue other careers. This, in turn, causes the four core subjects to dominate and overshadow the arts even more.

It’s not good to ignore any discipline, but the arts are a vital component to our culture and society: maybe it’s time to make the arts a more dominant part of our education, rather than the other way around.

Arts are pushed aside

Arts are pushed aside