Freshman Year

Hello my name is Mariam Lopez Rosales and I’m currently a sophomore at Elon University. My major is Broadcast Journalism with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. After graduation I hope to obtain a job as a reporter and work myself up to one day be a news anchor. I can speak both English and Spanish fluently, so I would love to work for either an English or a Spanish network. I feel like I have the skills that would help me thrive in both types of markets.

I am currently involved with one of the student media organizations on campus, Elon Local news. I am very proud to say that we won first place for the Best Student Newscast this year. I really enjoy working with this organization because it has allowed me to get out and experience the broadcasting field. Thus far, I have gained experience in conducting interviews, and operating a Sony PDX-10. Along with editing footage and B-Roll on Adobe Premier, which I have used to put together news packages and VO/SOTS. Since junior year of high school I knew that I wanted to be a reporter but coming to Elon has helped me confirm that journalism is my true passion.

Freshman Year

Leaving home and transitioning to a life of independence at college can be a nerve wrecking experience. In college you no longer have your parents to wake you up for class or to push you to do your homework. College is a time where you start molding the adult you want to become.
The first couple of months of college are going to be some of the most awkward and scary months of your college career. Why do I say this? Well during this time everyone is trying to make friends, find where they fit in, and adjust to the college life. It’s an overwhelming process for all first year students so don’t feel like you’re alone alone. A couple things to keep in mind during this transition is knowing who you are and maintaining an open mind. In college you will meet people of different backgrounds, opinions and ideals. It’s okay to be out of your comfort zone and it’s perfectly fine to feel out of place. Use those feelings to break out of your shell and take advantage of everything that college has to offer; don’t be afraid to be you. College is what you make it and how open you are to new ideas and people. The friendships you make in college are long lasting friendships you will have even after graduation.
During those first months of college it’s beneficial to get involved on campus. Join organizations that appeal to you and that provide an environment where you feel like you can be yourself. Those first couple months are about defining who you are and where you feel like you fit in on campus. Getting involved on campus is also a great way to meet new people and possibly establish new friendships. College is a setting that provides you with so many opportunities so don’t be afraid to explore. Join clubs, intramural sports, dance or any organization that adds to your time in college. Each university is different but I’m sure that they all have countless amount of organizations where students can feel welcomed.
Like I mentioned before, transitioning from life at home to a life on your own can be super overwhelming. While you’re in college you are accountable for your actions as well as taking care of yourself. This can definitely be a scary feeling especially if you never have really been away from home. If you are having a hard time adjusting or just need someone to talk to, then reach out to your RA, or counseling services on campus. Universities try to provide first years with a support system so that they can make the transition to college that much smoother. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you need it. Its important that you take care of yourself and that you make sure that you are in a good place, this will ensure that you make the most of your time in college.

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