Professional Reflection

Hunter Merck

Dr. Heidi Campbell

Senior Seminar/Capstone

January 30, 2018

Media Reflections

Media experiences outside of the classroom are important for future career aspects and goals. It gives a person knowledge of what they like and what they don’t like to help them to consider what they are good at and what they would like to spend the rest of their lives doing. I have had my fair share of media experiences over the last couple of years during my time at North Greenville.

My most significant time spent with media has been working for the Media Ministry team at North Greenville. While it is still at the school, it has given me opportunity to learn new things about audio engineering and has allowed me to learn and grow in my skills related to social media. I also have experience in church media with my home church, got to serve as an assistant editor for the Vision Online and have worked with my personal social media accounts to learn more about the field with an Instagram and YouTube accounts. With YouTube, I have learned so much about social media marketing, how things work, how to get found, keywords, analytics, creating content and making relationships with people on the Internet.

Over my time working with media, I have learned so much about people, behaviors, analytics, interests, service, music, pop culture, and so many other things that are considered important in this field. I have spent time researching and growing into a qualified media professional.

           

 

Educational Reflection

Hunter Merck

Dr. Heidi Campbell

Mass Media Senior Seminar/Capstone

January 25, 2018

 

Educational Reflection Essay

            As a student over the last three and a half years at North Greenville, I have transformed into a different person academically and personally.

            Personally, my confidence has soared. As a freshman, I was shy and didn’t want to talk to anyone. I would not let anyone read anything I wrote, made, worked as talent in or any other work I could have been apart of creating. I was afraid to show the world who I really was, afraid to be myself, and afraid to make friends for fear that they would judge me and what I thought were weird tendencies. Being in smaller classes has helped me to branch out into a world of my own because I don’t feel like everyone in the class is judging my every word. I also gained the confidence to start my own YouTube channel. It’s come with lots of challenges with confidence, but I’m finally getting to the point where I’m not scared of what other people think of my content.

            Academically, I have also grown more confident. The idea of having anything I put work into critiqued in front of a group of people was terrifying to me. I remember once my freshman year, we were sharing a project in class (not for a grade) and I skipped my first class ever because I was terrified of being humiliated in front of my classmates. Through my graphics classes, and The Vision Online, I have grown to not cringe at the idea of classmates looking at my work. I now can post videos on the internet of myself and not want to hide, and filming and showing “What You Need to Know” for chapel every week is just another thing, because it has gotten so much easier.

            I believe this will help me in my intended future career because confidence is key in this industry. Being able to show people your work is an essential part of getting hired and knowing how to take criticism will only help me continue to grow as a creator, communicator and overall human being.