I was very excited to take the opportunity to attend the National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association. These conventions are very beneficial because they allow students like myself to network with other college students and discuss various media topics, but also have the chance to meet with professionals in media and journalism fields as well.
During my time in Louisville, I had the chance to attend numerous sessions. Each session was very informational. I learned about reporting from a private school angle, how private school can advance your career, learning about the benefits of using social media to reach students, covering controversial topics in a school setting, international journalism, and the difficulties and frustrations of reporting at a small school. It was a very good experience. I not only got to interact with students from small schools but also with students who attend larger universities. With all the information I have gained, I can not only apply that to myself but also share my ideas with other students on campus.
While I was there, I also got to experience some of Louisville’s tourist attractions. One of which was the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. I was very fascinated by the tour. It allowed people to see that by many technological advancements, they produce almost 2 million baseball bats per year! I also was able to walk through the factory and view the step-by-step process in which the bats are made.
Aside from the Louisville Slugger Museum, I got to attend the USL Eastern Conference Semi Final soccer game against Louisville City and Bethlehem Steel. Louisville City is the only fully professional soccer club in Kentucky! It was an exciting game to watch and Louisville City is now headed to the Eastern Conference Finals.
I am very thankful that Wilson allows students like myself to experience trips like these. They are a great educational experience. With experiences like this one, I can apply the skills that I have learned not only to my college academics, but to my future field of occupation as well.