While being a sophomore in college you are continually questioned of your capability. Many tend to say you have plenty of time to still truly become something. During my time here at Point Park I continually immerse myself in all opportunities readily available. I am heavily involved with our campus station U-View, which goes on to cover all ends of the spectrum in Point Park news, regional, national, and international coverage ranging from entertainment, to sports, and so on.
Being a broadcasting student here you are told again and again to get involved because our advisors and professors know how hard it can really be out there. Being involved with this has taught me to truly appreciate all that goes into a well-done production. Everything aspires to be live because that’s how it is. There’s no redo’s if you mess up. This goes especially for sports. If you mess something up during a live broadcast, there’s nothing you can do to fix that because it’s live.
Campus media has made me truly appreciate sports on all levels. You wouldn’t think that our university athletics isn’t that dynamic, but it truly is. Being part of the now River States Conference helps make Point Park recognized as a University at a national, but also international scale. And that’s really cool to witness. I’ve assisted peers in live broadcasts for our very own Point Park Sports Network in which we do get live footage of campus sports while also doing play-by-play and color commentary. It really is something else to be part of this. It shows you how dedicated students are to the game. It teaches a whole new sense of discipline and teamwork, something you can’t just learn anywhere.
Although I have not had any internships yet, I see the necessary attributes one must have in order to truly grow and develop. These attributes are very similar to what you may obtain while being part of any team or club, no matter what the scale. You must find the balance between being a leader and a good team member, while being able to truly be creative and innovative and bring more to that franchise. You also must be willing to put the time in, in order to be truly recognized. Just like if you were on any sports team, if you aspire to get better, you show up before practice and stay after in order to perfect that jump shot or work on that left-handed dribble. For internships, you have to be willing to stay after hours to get work done, even if you aren’t getting paid for it. This shows how dedicated you are to the company but also whatever message they hope to send out to the world.
You also have to be willing to handle and tackle any task under pressure. Deadlines are everything and this is especially relevant to sports. Every game has a start time. If everything isn’t prepped on time, not only you but your whole team of co-workers will look bad. Just like hitting a three-pointer at the buzzer, you must be confident in your abilities to make your workplace a better place.