Monthly Archives: December 2011

My New Year’s Resolution For 2012

2011 is coming to a close, and it’s time for us to prepare for the next year. What better way to begin than make goals for the next one?

I, however, have decided that one is not enough. I have many goals, so I’ve decided to outline a few for my resolutions.

#1

I WILL start my career. This will happen. Hopefully way sooner than later, of course. I fully intend to be entrenched in my work throughout the course of the year, and God willing, continue to do so for the rest of my life.

#2

I will organize and clean my room and car. Both are, as of now, a cluttered mess. This annoys me, and I now finally have the time to address this issue. There is far too much clutter in my room, and my book collection needs much organizing. All of my music equipment takes up a lot of room, so I need to do something about that. Also, I have decided that it is time to part ways with my old bass guitar. It just sits in the closet, gathering dust. It deserves better than I give it, but the fact of the matter is my Fender bass spanks it. Selling it is a must this year.

#3

Improve my skills in my chosen field. I will explore photography more and try to write a post at least once a week. I will also shoot some video to work with. I will continue to explore every possible facet of my field, and experiment in a few different ones.

#4

I will try my hand at archery this year. Enough of my friends have talked me into it, and it’s time to give it a shot.

#5

I will produce a video with one or both of my siblings which will showcase their musical abilities. Zach and I have talked about it before, but now we actually have the time and means to do so. If all goes according to plan, I should attempt this before Zach returns to school.

So there you have it. These are my intentions, along with my everyday goals of being smart, funny, and a good person. Everything in life is a struggle, and all that matters is that you take it head on, give it your all. If you do that, then you shouldn’t have any regrets. I wish you all a happy new year, and best of luck in the year 2012. It’s going to be a big one!


My Year In Review

Well, it seems the year is almost over, and 2012 will begin. What does this year hold in store for us? Maybe the apocalypse, maybe not. Either way, my goal is to get that dream job.

Looking back over the past year, I see that I’ve come a long way from 2010. In 2011, I feel that I proved myself, finally. I put my money where my mouth is, and I think it paid off. I took chances, and am glad that I did. I grew up and became responsible for myself and my actions.

I discovered that I do have what it takes to be a writer. I handled my first real stories this year, and arguably some controversial ones. I’m proud of the work I have put forth, in both my efforts with the Standard and Ozarks News Journal. I discovered that I can handle interviews, that my mouth and brain can work together to ask the right questions.

I’ve learned a few things to add to my list of skills, thanks to some new friends, especially thanks to Michael Gulledge and Steph Anderson with their help in photography. My video work has gotten better, simply by watching Tyler Beck and Ryan Paxton’s works. And I can now work with HTML and CSS, thanks to Colby Jennings’ class. Finally, I’ve cleaned up my writing, thanks in large part to my editor, Amanda Hess.

I’ve figured out the kind of job that I want. I’ve figured out that I am capable of handling a workload of large proportions, and doing it in a timely manner. I still feel I have yet to push my limits, and I find that very comforting.

I’ve learned quite a bit about myself over this year, and I can honestly say I like what I have become. I see myself becoming the man who I’ve always wanted to be, the person that my parents knew I could be, and the man people expect me to be. All in all, I’m content in my lessons learned over the last year.

Thank you to all of the people who have been there, and I look forward to meeting the new people of what has yet to come. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and have a safe and Happy New Year.

-Ben


Learning From The Past

I was recently asked why I had decided to get a history minor along with my media studies degree. “Well,” I replied,” I’m required to have a minor with my degree program.”

But that explains why I have a minor, not why I have a history minor. History, in my opinion, is one of the most important subjects a student can learn. Not only do we learn where we have come from, but we learn the lessons of those who lived before us. We’ve all heard the saying about how someone who doesn’t pay heed to history is doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I believe this with my whole being.

History plays a pivotal role in our lives. Everything we do is rooted in our past. Our students read books by men long gone, our military studies tactics used in past battles, and law is all based on precedents laid out before. The future for us is laid out by studying the past.

The next inevitable question, however, provoked a little more thought. “How does that factor in to your media studies?”

I had to ponder this one for a bit, before I realized that my answer goes back to the founding of our nation.

“One thing that I love about what I do is that I can cover a great variety of events.” I replied. “I can explore anything that is news-worthy. But more importantly, journalism offers me the chance to write about history as it happens. It’s plausible that one day, my words could be how an event is remembered. Besides, our founding fathers all had a background in writing. Journalism is one of the oldest professions, evolving through history. Benjamin Franklin worked in the industry, and look at all he did. He wasn’t constricted by job titles, but did anything and everything he could think of.”

I feel that my background is one that gives me what I need to be a good journalist. I tried my hand at studying law, and could have gone further, but I wanted a job of excitement, which is what this industry gives me. My background in history is one I believe should be necessary for any journalist. My studies in the area not only increased my reading, but my knowledge of other cultures. I believe the best journalist has a variety of skills, but isn’t an expert in any of them. I also think that the man who claims to have mastered a skill is in for a rude awakening. History has shown us that there is always room to improve, to learn.


It’s Snowing!!!

I woke up this morning and looked out my window, like I do every m0rning. Every person who has lived in Springfield knows to look outside to see the weather. Springfield is notorious for raining.

To my surprise, a different type of precipitation was falling. SNOW!!!! I love snow. There’s nothing that makes me happier than snow in December. (My favorite Christmas movie is White Christmas, so go figure.)

Needless to say, there isn’t too much of it, though. What is falling is the wet packing type of snow, which makes for slick roads. I’ve already heard a few people’s stories about accidents and issues caused by the weather, so everyone, please, drive carefully, and make sure you give yourself enough time to get where you’re going. Stay safe, and here’s to a White Christmas!