My apologies for not writing since Christmas! Honestly I have no legitimate excuses except for my laziness. I completed my first January term and am now at the start of the spring semester. In January, I took Photojournalism 2 and Opinion Writing. So while I only had those two classes for the month, I still had a constant pile of homework. I ended up getting some pretty good photos taken in my class. My trusty new camera is great! Feel free to check out my Flickr page to see some of my work.
I am in my second week of the spring semester and I already have a LOT of work to do! I am now a page editor for the A&E section of our school's publication, Cardinal & Cream. While I'm excited for the opportunity to be in this position, I cannot help but be a little nervous and intimidated by feeling like I have a lack of experience. I know that God is in control, and these negative feelings will go away as I continue and get used to it. My professors and the staff are all great and have been more than willing to help me out which is such a blessing. I have written two articles already. Even though it is busywork, this issue was such a treat to write. One of the articles was about the upcoming concert at our school. I even got lucky enough to be in contact with the artists! For those of you that may not know, I am a huge music and movie buff! Even better, my second article was a review piece about the Academy Awards. Every article I write may not get to be that fun, but I am sure glad I got these two articles.
On top of article writing, I have a full course-loaded semester that I am sure will bring my sleep deprivation levels to greater heights. I am probably most excited about my two photojournalism courses - photo editing and social documentary. I have come to really look up to my professor and cannot wait to continue learning new things about photojournalism from him.
Some other great/scary news I have just received is that the editor-in-chief of the newspaper has asked me to go to the Southeastern Journalism Conference in Alabama. It may not seem like a big deal, but as a new student in this department, I am honestly pretty nervous about it. There are competitions involved. Our newspaper is up for awards that we have already submitted entries for, but there is also an on-site competition. There are 13 possible categories and only one student from your school group is allowed to do each category. If I do participate in this event, I do not know which will be assigned to me. EEK! Anyway, the conference is Feb. 17-19. Pray for me.
All in all, it's good to be on campus. We have a snow day today which is partially why I am making time to write.
I do have one urgent prayer request. My Great Uncle Mario (who we call Tito Mario), is having open heart surgery in St. Louis as I write this. He suffered a heart attack last Thursday. I do not know any other details at the moment, but I do ask that you join me in prayer for my great uncle and the surgeons who are working on him at this very moment.