My name is Meagen Matuszyk and I am currently a first-semester sophomore from Little Rock, Arkansas. I’m taking this course to further my academic career in my chosen field of journalism. Throughout the course, I expect to learn the proper way to communicate effectively with an audience of one person to a million persons. As I am new to the concept and processes of professional journalism, I believe that this course is important in its ability to introduce me to proper technique and the different ins-and-outs of broadcast journalism. An emphasis on reporting should allow me to learn the many ways of journalistic communication (i.e. print, broadcast, etc.) which will not only make me a better student, but more advanced in my strive to be a news anchor. To be a good student, one must not necessarily get all the answers right or be the most knowledgeable or talented, rather to be a good student, you must strive to achieve. You must strive to know more, to be better. A good instructor encourages his students to do just that—to be better, to want to learn more, to want to succeed. I have that drive and determination that gives me the confidence to say I will finish this course with an A.

When evaluating my motivation to study the field I’ve chosen, I’ve realized I share forms of two motivations: deep learner and competitor. I want to master journalism; I want to find myself in a position that others can rely on for guidance. Performing a task or job without true clarity of my subject is aggravating. I want to know everything. I also want to prove to myself and others that I can achieve something great. I want everyone to know that I am capable of succeeding in whatever I set my mind to.

I am a hybrid learner of Procedural and Commitment Knower. To be a part of any team, group, or society, you must learn the ins and outs, the do’s and don’ts, and learn how to “play the game.” You must know what works and what doesn’t, what you can and cannot say, and what you can and cannot get away with. However, in learning the dynamics of this field, I also want to bring in past experiences and knowledge to help develop my own personal way of thinking and delivering information while still following proper etiquette.

On a fifteen-hour semester schedule, I am scheduled to graduate in May of 2019, however, I may lengthen my schooling a semester to give myself enough to truly grasp and understand everything I need to learn without feeling rushed or moved along, by only taking twelve hours each semester. At this moment, I have no plans of pursuing a master’s degree or doctorate.

My everyday schedule remains very busy with little wiggle room. While being a full-time student, I also have a full-time job as a server at the local Outback Steakhouse. I work roughly 30-35 hours a week which is considered full-time in the restaurant industry. Although I make decent money as a server, this is not the kind of job I want later in life; it’s demeaning and requires immense patience that is often hard to maintain. In 10 years, I’d love to be a news anchor in a large city, ultimately hoping to work for CNN.

The last good movie I watched was Pulp Fiction. It’s a classic that deals with many real-world issues that aren’t always brought to the limelight as they’re not easy subjects to talk about—rape, drug abuse, etc. The last two pieces of music I bought were from iTunes, and they were two songs from Drake’s most recent album “Views” called “Feel No Ways” and “Fire & Desire.” The two most memorable books I’ve read are Identical by Ellen Hopkins and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. These books stand out to me because like Pulp Fiction, they discuss difficult, scary topics and with younger generation characters to bring the story into perspective with a younger audience. Identical is about a teenage girl with an identity disorder who unknowingly lives two different lives. TFIOS is a book about two teenagers with terminal cancer that fall in love, ultimately ending a tragedy. These books are more realistic in that both books defy the ideal that all stories must have a happy ending.  I admire USA Today because in a world where society thinks you must either identify as liberal or conservative, USA Today maintains a diverse group of readers without its content leaning too far left or right. They offer a lot of unbiased factual information.

I’d rate my internet skills an 8. I am quite familiar with the internet and how it works, but there are often times when I find myself lost when needing to know certain Web jargon or knowledge. I can’t remember the exact time in my life when I was introduced to the internet. I grew up during the time when wide-access internet was a new concept, so I grew up adapting to internet access’s extraordinary growth potential. Now I can access through my laptop, tablet or cellphone which is my preferred way of surfing the web. My email address is meagen.matuszyk@smail.astate.edu,and my personal web address is meagenmatuszyk.wordpress.com.  I use social media outlets such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to stay connected with everyone in my life. As stated before, I live a very busy life and can’t always devote time to calling friends and family. Social media allows me to keep in touch and stay up to date with things happening in my friends’ and family’s lives.

Some personal strengths of mine include being an easy learner, a natural born leader and an ability to communicate effectively. I believe my writing and speaking abilities will get me pretty far in whatever career choice I find myself. Some improvements I could make are confidence level, as I often doubt myself and my ability to succeed; my compliance with authority, as I am slightly stubborn and question authority from time to time; and my ability to adapt to new things as sometimes I find myself stuck in an old routine.

If I only had $50 to spend on groceries for two weeks, I’d first start looking at meat products. You can buy a $10 package of chicken or pork chops that can be used for several days for several meals. I’d also look at things such as potatoes, carrots or other vegetables that can be well paired with whatever meat option I choose, as they can also be good side items for other dishes. Rice is also a good choice because it’d cheap, filling, and can be used as a side dish or even a main dish with some added ingredients. I usually don’t have time to make a three-course meal, so some quick and easy frozen entrees would also be a must-have. Snack items would be a good idea as they can hold you over while waiting for lunch or dinner time so that you are not eating all the groceries.

“Discover a purpose that gives you passion. Develop a plan that makes you persistent. Do it because you love it!”