Dear MJ-School

(I recently posted a similar blog about UNC Basketball. Check it out here.)

Dear MJ-School,

As I approach my last LDOC, I just have one thing I need to say: thank you.

Thank you for three wonderful years of learning, life experience, and most importantly, memories to last a lifetime.

When I first started in the school, I literally had no idea what I was doing. Just recently switching from an exercise and sports science major, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to write.

For my first MJ-School class, I took the typical route of taking MEJO 153: Writing and Reporting. Some of my friends guided me in the right direction on which professor to take the class with, but I really just ended up taking the time that worked best with my schedule. I, like all MJ-School students, was absolutely shocked on the first day when our professor told us her grading scale.

’50 points off for an incorrect proper noun?’ We all thought, seemingly in unison. As we grew as writers and journalists, the need for that rule became increasingly more apparent, but there was always the slightest bit of panic before turning in an assignment to quadruple check our proper nouns.

I think that’s one thing us MJ-School kids can all agree on — the 50 point rule will slightly haunt my dreams, but really it’s for the better.

Thank you for preparing me for the real world.

Throughout my time at the MJ-School, the practical experiences I’ve been afforded are unparalleled by any of my previous experiences, and incomparable to some of my friends’ experiences in other majors.

Every class I’ve taken at the MJ-School has had some sort of practical component, with the syllabus always including a tidbit on professionalism and how “real journalism” works. But really, I can whole-heartedly say I have more experience than most in different facets of media and journalism, and that’s all thanks to you, MJ-School.

Sure, we’ve had our ups and downs, who hasn’t? Staying in the library until the sun starts to rise working on my final report for PR Case Studies, seeing the same presentation from our lovely ladies over at the Park Library half a dozen times — at the time they weren’t the best experiences, but I’m sure they’ll help us all down the road.

But most of all, thank you to the incredible professors I’ve had along the way. None of my general education professors even come close to the amount of care and investment every single one of my MJ-School professors put in to their lessons and their courses.

Every professor is extremely passionate about teaching the subject matter in a way that is so apparent to us students that we want to have that passion as well. (It doesn’t always work out that way, but it’s the thought that counts.)

And every staff member, ranging from advising to career services, is equally as passionate about the MJ-School.

There’s really no words for how much I’ll miss being a part of the MJ-School community, but in the famous last words of Carol Folt (quoting Dr. Suess, duh), “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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