Saturday, March 22, 2008

Spring Break Fever - or is it just another day in the classroom?


Spring Break 2008 is almost over. Again, it was too short. For professors Spring Break usually means an opportunity to catch up on grading, keep up to date with readings and work on any special projects the university assigns. For university administrators, it's a time to concentrate on all those projects without the constant interruption of students and faculty. For students, it's an opportunity to head to the beach, 6th St. in Austin, the Riverwalk in San Antonio, the Hill Country or even Mexico. Right? Not so fast, Sherlock. Increasingly, students are finding that some, in some cases most, of their Spring Break must be relegated to study. Students use this time to also catch up on their reading or assignments and to put that little something extra into the research paper or assignment that is due at the end of the semester. This is the case for many journalism and RTV students at TAMUK. For example, students in the Advanced Reporting case spent much of Spring Break working on their South Texas feature. Those in Editorial writing are working on specialized columns due in April. The Editing and Design students are starting work on their final projects as they hone their newfound desktop publishing skils. With the time off, many of the Advanced Reporting students have time to travel to destinations they could not fit into their schedules during a regular school day and actually complete their South Texas feature story assignment. Others spent time doing research, writing scripts, planning graphics, doing storyboards for TV commercials and running primary research data through a computer as they prepared for the National Advertising Student Competition sponsored by the American Advertising Federation. One student lamented, "I don't have a Spring Break!" But, then, the realization that students at other universities are doing the same thing. Why? Ironically, most of the work these students do during Spring Break has more to do with the future than the present. The extra hours they spend on their education will mean they will be prepared to compete with others for the limited amount of "good" jobs, in their areas of interest, with others from throughout the state and nation. Why, that dedication is enough to inspire an ol' prof to make it through the end of the year. Oh, I know. I know. Somehow most students found time to squeeze in a couple days at the beach and a night out with some friends. That's "The Way of the Student." Heck, they'd find that time during a school week, any way. Ha. But, this Spring Break I know that many of our TAMUK students actually spent time working on school projects. Congratulations to them. The job market is fierce. This will prepare you for the future more than you will ever realize. Oh, and for more "excellent" reading on this issue please visit http://www.caller.com/news/2008/mar/21/no-break-just-time-to-cram-for-exams/ on the Corpus Christi Caller-Times website caller/com. There you will find TAMUK journalism graduate Adriana Garza's very timely column on Spring Break 2008. Well, enjoy the rest of the "break." See you Monday.

4 comments:

Andi said...

How often do you do political pieces?

Long Time Hoggie said...

In our student newspaper, practically every week. The editorial and opinions page is usally the place for them. Almost every local, national or international issue of importance has been covered in our editorial pages sometime during the 2007-2008 school year. With the elections, there was an opportunity to do even more on our news pages. If you go through this blog you will see other posting showing what stories our students have covered this year. We also cover news events of politicians campaigning or visiting the area or campus.

J.R. Quintanilla - Administrator said...

It was before Spring Break started that I realized that a handful of students were going to spend their Spring Break doing the same--making sure that they allotted a bit of time to their studies. As I was sitting in the reception room for Julio Martinez (harpist from Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan) the head of the PR firm responsible for acquiring sponsorship for the concert portion of the 6th Annual Dia Del Mariachi mentioned that her nephew was at Texas State and planned to spend some late nights during Spring Break tweaking and working on his teams advertising book for the upcoming AAF district competition to be held in Dallas.

It is satisfying to know that there are some rewards awaiting those who choose to set the time aside and make the necessary sacrifices. It would seem, however, a bit unfortunate that those who choose to make this sacrifice will not be able to take advantage of this age-old college tradition of taking a Spring Break--if not for the sake of getting a well rounded college experience, but for the purpose of getting much needed rest and relaxation.

ali23 said...

Although many of my classmates did spend spring break away at South padre and other typical spring break destinations I used spring break to spend some extra time with my family and prepare for upcoming television production projects. OOoo the life of a communications major lol. However, the break was well needed because even though there is always work to be done there was a few extra hours for a little calmness and relaxation with that said, a life with no worries and no work to do is a life not lived right, there is always something you can be doing in order to make your life more beneficial.