Freshman Experience 2

I’ve been here over a month so far at Washington State University and I have loved every single minute of it! Yes the school work of course is rough compared to high school, but as I continue to progress as a college student, I am starting to adjust. Taking 18 credits this semester is a lot of work, especially taking a sophomore (4 credit) level spanish course and a history 105 class that is insane. When I mean insane, I mean being assigned every week an average of 50 pages of reading and a discussion post online every Friday. The great thing about that class is there are no tests, but instead essays, which in my opinion is not as bad.

Classes so far that I enjoy would be the communication classes (Com 101 and Com 102) because they are helping me with the major I want to achieve (Journalism). I am also taking a class that isn’t worth any credits or doesn’t require any money, basically getting hands on training with Journalism. The professor teaching this class is former CBS journalist John Paxson, who was trained by three of the best journalists in the world during his time. Those three journalists that taught Paxson were trained by WSU Alum and one of the best journalists ever, Edward R. Murrow. Basically you could say what I am learning from Edward R. Murrow about Journalism.  This is the class I am most excited about because I am not sitting in a classroom hearing a boring lecture from a professor. Instead, I will be a journalist, doing television broadcasting, radio broadcasting, and learning what it takes to become a journalist physically, visually and mentally. It even gets better, this Thursday, one of the best journalists of our generation, Dan Rather  will be visiting WSU and talking to our class about the world of journalism. Now I know why the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University is nationally ranked.

Sept. 22, 2012; Pullman, WA, USA; Washington State Cougars mascot Butch starts a chant against the Colorado Buffaloes during the second half at Martin Stadium. Colorado won 35-34. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Now that I’ve talked about school, let’s move over to the fun side of being a student at WSU. Being in the student section at a Washington State football game is one of the best experiences you can imagine. High fives every big play, constant cheers of “Go Cougs”, screaming at the top of your lungs off, etc. Yesterday was a tough loss, but as a program we’re heading in the right direction. Besides Cougar football, there’s always events going on here at WSU; concerts, up-all night events put on by SEB (Student Entertainment Body), Intramural games, and a lot more. With last week being Homecoming Week, there were events happening almost every single day, and is a really great way to get the students involved.

Finally two of my friends and myself have our own sports radio talk show called Wild Fire on Sundays from 2-4 p.m., where we debate WSU athletics and National sports. You can access our show by going here or by going to google and typing in KUGR radio WSU. When you get to the site there will be an option to listen to the live broadcast. We encourage people to not only listen but to call into the station and either debate with us or gives us some topics to discuss. Stay tuned for the Freshman Experience 3 where I’m sure there will be plenty of more exciting events at WSU to write about. Go Cougs!!

-Evan Baron (Follow me on twitter @BaselineBaron09)

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