The overwhelming joy of graduation day

The overwhelming joy of graduation day

Each morning and each night I look at my journalism degree from Temple University, I remember the challenges I overcame to get it, including the fear of never receiving it at all. The overwhelming euphoria I felt when it finally arrived in the mail is something I still carry to this day. It can never really be replicated or taken away. In the beginning, I never saw myself attending college. I never saw it as the important factor it would become in my life. I grew up in and still live in North Philadelphia. A college graduate is something not often seen coming from a low income household or an impoverished neighborhood. I remember walking through my neighborhood on graduation day, a cool spring day, twiddling my fingers as my gown blew in the breeze. This would actually be my second degree. The first came from the Community College of Philadelphia just a few years prior. Though I was older, and some things...
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Reflections Of A Temple Grad

Reflections Of A Temple Grad

  Even though it happened just a few months ago, graduation for me was almost a complete blur. I do not remember much of what was said to me on that day except the word "congratulations." That word was repeated a lot, especially by those who saw me walking to school wearing my cap and gown. I remember arriving somewhat early to the ceremony, so early that there were not too many graduates in attendance yet. The final touches were still being taken care of and I was told to simply wait. Later, as the ceremony began and I sat amongst my graduating peers and scrolled through my phone, I could not help but think of how far I had come. It had been a rough couple of years. There was still one class that I needed to complete for my major. The class was statistics, and it would start the following week and continue for five more additional weeks. Click here to read the...
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Summer Teaching

Summer Teaching

Can't remember if I posted this or not, but I worked on the above video for the majority of the summer while assisting with Temple University's High School summer journalism program, otherwise known as Prime Movers and Shakers. It's led by Professor Maida Odom, former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer and one of my former professors. The goal of the summer program is to teach the students, who are from different Philadelphia area high schools, about journalism and the different aspects of the field in a few short weeks. At the end they produced a newspaper that is printed by the Philadelphia Daily News. This was my second time working with the program and this time my main responsibility was putting together a video of the students experience with the program. It's not the best, but I was proud in the fact that I was able to put this together after not working with FinalCut Pro for a a few...
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Documenting The Faces Of Temple

Documenting The Faces Of Temple

Pramanik created “Humans of Temple University,” which she said tells a variety of stories through pictures and short interviews as a way to showcase how diverse her peers are. Her efforts started out as way to showcase some of her own work. Pramanik began taking pictures for Humans of Temple University in January of this year, but posted the photos later in February because of what she called her hectic schedule. “Just within two weeks, I think I had around 200 followers,” Pramanik said. “I was like, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’” Pramanik said she has been interested in photography since high school when she took a black and white photography class. She said she loved being able to develop pictures in the school’s darkroom and manually manipulate the photos. Not being able to afford the equipment to have her own darkroom, Pramanik decided she would explore the digital realm of photography. She bought a camera and began taking pictures, posting them to her Flickr...
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The Transformation Of AJ Young

The Transformation Of AJ Young

There was never a particular moment when AJ Young felt that he was supposed to be a guy, but it was more of a continual questioning why it was he felt uncomfortable around friends and family. Not just generally, but socially. Young was born Catherine Rebecca Young. He grew up in Elgin, Illinois where he realized early that people didn't really recognize his gender identity the way that he wanted. AJ stands for Andrew James, a name Young would have been given had he been born a male.   "There was never one moment when I was like, of course I'm suppose to be a guy. It was more of figuring out why I had felt uncomfortable and off a little bit, not just in my body." It was around the time that Young was a sophomore in college at American University in Washington, D.C. and taking women's studies courses that he had become aware that trans people existed. Young started to realize that he...
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NABJ Announces Three Chapters as Finalists for NABJ Student Chapter of the Year

NABJ Announces Three Chapters as Finalists for NABJ Student Chapter of the Year

Earlier today, The National Association of Black Journalists announced the finalists for NABJ Student Chapter of the year. I'm proud to say that my student organization, The Temple Association of Black Journalists, is one of the three finalist. We worked very hard this semester at Temple and are very excited about this great opportunity. Read about us below and check out the other two chapters that are also finalists. Learn. Network. Succeed. Those three words can be viewed not only as Temple Association of Black Journalists’ brand but also its motto. "Usually most all of our events we try to incorporate our mission Learn.Network.Succeed,” explained TABJ’s president Haniyyah Sharpe, "We aim to provide an opportunity for the students, making sure we put our members and our students next to the professionals who are already working in the industry.” In 2012, TABJ stepped up its involvements on campus, in the community, and industry. "We have a relationship with Chosen 300, which is a homeless ministry...
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I Dream For A Living

I Dream For A Living

Turning over her wrist and pulling up her shirtsleeve, the Steven Spielberg quote "I dream for a living" is tattooed in bold ink. Michele Hannon, a Temple University senior, described the day when she decided how she would spend her first paycheck and her career. She would use it to purchase a handheld Sony MiniDV camera to make a few small films, and begin to follow her dream. While in high school, Hannon figured that if she was attending college for film then she should have a production company name to go with her work. "I wrote down a bunch of different names and kind of came up with the name Mirrorwall," she said. "It was in 2008, by this point I knew I wanted to go to Temple I knew I wanted to do film and knew that I needed to get serious." Hannon spent her first two years in Temple trying to learn all she could about film; she was finally...
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Transfer Students Reflect on The Process

Transfer Students Reflect on The Process

Not all college students choose the path best for them immediately after high school.  Some decide to take time after graduation to gather their thoughts about what to do next, and others realize after attending a particular college that they would prefer to go elsewhere. Katie Ferrello transferred from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) after her freshman year. Even though she chose UCLA after high school, Ferrello said she has always wanted to attend the University of Notre Dame. While she enjoyed her time at UCLA, receiving the news of her acceptance as a transfer was an opportunity Ferrello could not pass up, she said. “I loved my freshman year at UCLA and looking back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing,” Ferello said. “My dad, sister, and brother all graduated from Notre Dame and I’ve been coming to campus since I was born. It is truly a special place filled with tradition. When I got accepted, I just couldn’t pass up...
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Reflections of a CCP Grad, Part IV

Reflections of a CCP Grad, Part IV

So, how’s Temple? Funny, last year at this time, I graduated from the Community College of Philadelphia and asked the same exact question of students I knew at Temple University. Now, when I visit CCP, I get asked the question. So far, Temple has been great. It is challenging at times, but I wouldn’t change it. CCP prepared me to know what to expect of college-level work and how to best tackle it. CCP taught me those skills I was lacking a few years prior. The transition into Temple was smooth, even smoother than I had expected. Perhaps it was because I had visited Temple before and remembered some of the university’s layout. Maybe it was the enthusiasm and excitement of my orientation and then convocation, where I was able to learn Temple’s pep rally chant. One day, I’ll actually make it out to a game and will be able to proudly chant along with my fellow Owls. I knew that in my first semester...
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Commencement: Kathryn Knauth

Commencement: Kathryn Knauth

Graduating senior Kathryn Knauth said she did not know what to expect during her first few interviews when applying for a position with Amazon’s A2Z Research and Development group. The mathematics and computer science major said that it took time to get over her nervousness, but received great advice from the professors and mentors who assisted her at Temple. “I certainly didn’t expect to get such a great job right out of college,” Knauth said. “At one point, I was considering graduate school. I’d still like to go back at some point, but for now I’m really excited to explore what’s going on in the West Coast technology sector.” Knauth grew up in Reading, Pa., but has been living in Philadelphia for eight years. Originally a computer science major, Knauth decided to change last year. “I chose computer science because I enjoyed programming a lot, and it seemed like there were many different career paths in the field,” Knauth said. “I switched to math...
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