Networking

It took a while for me to realize that I wanted to be a journalist but what really made it dawn on me is my love of networking and getting to know people.

There was an event on campus in October that was more political in nature since it was my one Political Science professor who invited us to attend but to me, I went for the networking. The event was covered by the local papers and the CBC so it was the perfect opportunity to meet new people in field. The funny thing was that the event started at 6:00 am. I was taking an 8:30 am Math class that term that I always had trouble getting up for but that morning I had no problem getting up at 5:30 to make sure I got to the event on time.

It was all worth it and went even better than expected. Not only did I end up with a stack of business cards, an invite to tour the local newspaper and pictures with people who have been in the business longer than I have been alive and who I admire greatly, but I also caught the attention of my prof.

Costa and I
Taking the Pulse event
2012-10-29 20.41.42
Costa Maragos, a now retired CBC new anchor who I’ve been watching for a while
Sheila Coles
Sheila Coles, who has been on the radio since I was little and is an amazing personality.

My professor noticed my passion for journalism that day, first by beating her to the event and then by discussing my passion for journalism with her. This is one of the reasons she did the most incredible thing; she helped me network.  On top of everything she had to do that morning, like her own networking and even get interviewed (since it was her project that was the reason for the event), she took the time to help me by practically dragged people to come meet me, everyone from reporters to producers to university officials.. She didn’t have to but she took a personal interest in my endeavors, saw my interest and decided to help. This is the true definition of a professor doing their job right. When I asked her for a reference for my applications to Journalism school, she did not hesitate and make sure to tell everyone of the passion she saw that day.

It angers me when people complain about professors and university and complain that it was not worth their time and effort. Granted, professors do not have to help you but they are more likely to give you a hand if you show them you are passionate about the topic. On top of that, if you are passionate about the subject, you are more likely to succeed. By showing your professors that you are passionate, the more networking opportunities you will have since they will gladly invite you into their circle of professionals. Therefore, piece of advice to all university students #1; whether you’re in medicine, science, engineering, computer science, ANYTHING, no matter how busy you are, take the time to network, even if it is just getting to know your professor.

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