I’d love to say my time at Wesleyan has been all rainbows and unicorns — that there have been hardly any bumps in the long road of working for The Rambler and completing the post bachelor’s program I applied for in early 2010. However, that’s just not the case.
There have been bumps, hurdles and thunderstorms to withstand. But in the end, they’ve all only made me a a lot wiser when it comes to teaching (the profession I’m going into now) and dealing with other people in this world.
Before coming to Wesleyan, I used to think student media had a tough time getting administration to comment on anything. Throughout getting my bachelors of science in Journalism at A&M-Commerce and serving as the editor-in-chief of The East Texan there, I couldn’t believe the amount of extreme effort and pressure staff members had to put forth to get an administrative comment on the simplest of stories.
At Wesleyan, the administration has been so much more accessible and often will give comments for even the more controversial stories we’ve had to print in my two years at Wesleyan.
The caveat to that has always seemed to be that we get so much negative backlash when we do print the stories not everyone agrees with. But alas, it all comes with the territory of journalism. There’s nothing I’d change about what I’ve written and been a part of at Wesleyan. The Rambler has been a major part of my life for nearly two years, and I’ve gained so many amazing friends and acquaintances through it.
As for the Education Department at Wesleyan, I’ve had my ups and downs. Stuff didn’t always get done in the timely manner it was promised to other education majors and myself. However, there’s been two people who always made the experience a little less crazy.
First, Dr. Robles Goodwin. The three classes I’ve had with her have challenged me to no end. Often times I felt like banging my head on the wall when trying to study for her tests. But over time, I’ve realized that her classes have been the ones I’ve retained the most valuable knowledge from. Because she didn’t make things so cookie cutter easy, and actually challenged us to learn the content we were meant to learn in each class, it has prepared me so much more for teaching students in today’s society.
Second, but not least, is Dr. Kay Colley. Although not an education department professor, and I never actually had her for a class, she’s influenced they way I look at journalism and teaching more than she knows.
I never thought I’d meet a person more blunt than myself about how good (or not good) a story is, and who will tell a person straight up what needs to be improved (In fact, she’s probably thinking I could have added something a little better to this story).
Then, when I became a part of The Rambler, with Dr. Colley as our faculty liaison, I met that person. Even with the intimidating power suits and ball-busting editing though, she’s been a true role model for college journalists at Wesleyan. Even when we haven’t agreed on things (which happens in journalism, believe it or not), she has remained nothing but professional–earning not only mine, but the respect of many others on The Rambler’s staff.
Overall, I think an experience in college is what you make of it. You can hate it to the very bitter end. Or you can muscle through the hard times and believe the old cliche–what hasn’t killed you, has only made you stronger. I chose the latter. I hope that all Rambler staff and education majors continue to do just that too. The journey is not always easy, but it’s always eye-opening and life changing.