Ariana Hernandez

Ariana Hernandez

My name is Ariana and I am a junior at the University of Denver. I'm majoring in Journalism and minoring in English. I enjoy reading, shopping, working and being with friends in my free time.

CAC raises cancer awareness at DU

For my Final Cut Pro Audio Slideshow, I chose to feature the club DU Colleges Against Cancer (CAC). I wanted to let DU students know about this club so more people can get involved, whether it be because their lives have been affected by cancer in some way, or they simply just want to help a great cause. The photos that make up the slideshow are a mixture of some of the people already involved in the club, as well as events that the club has had in the past and hopes to continue in the future.

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DU students endure costs of college

Receiving their acceptance letter to the University of Denver is a very exciting time for students as they embark on the journey of obtaining their degree and entering the real world beyond school.

University Hall at DU where Financial Aid office is located

However, this time may also be a stressful one as DU students begin to start thinking about how they are going to pay for the next four years of their undergraduate education.

An average DU student will expect to pay yearly tuition and room and board fees as well as for student activity and health and counseling fees. This does not include indirect costs, which include books, transportation, parking, food, health insurance and personal necessities.

As these costs rack up, the average college student might find themselves having to work a part time job (or two), apply for financial aid, student loans and scholarships as well as seek help from their parents in order to pay for their education. This can be a large financial burden on many, especially if they or their family are not as financially stable as others.

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DU community encourages students to study abroad

My slideshow is about the study abroad experience many DU students have during their time in college. It combines a brief overview of the process in which students must follow in order to apply to study abroad with facts and stories from students who have been abroad. I thought the combination would be a great informational source for students thinking about going abroad next fall.

The photos shown in the slideshow are a combination of the International House at DU, where students will go throughout their applying process. Also, there are some of DU students who have gone abroad or are planning to. The pictures go along with the caption in order to help the viewer understand.

The opening photo is the sign at the International House at DU. I thought the sign was a good idea to include at the beginning because it has the address and the name of the place where students should go to start the application process. Others include students who are planning to study abroad and those who have already had the experience. The last photo is of a world globe, representing the world of possibilities that DU students have when they study abroad.

Since this was supposed to be an informational slideshow on the process of studying abroad, I took and included a lot of pictures of the International House. I didn’t end up using a lot of the ones of the inside of the building though because they didn’t pertain to the slideshow. I wish that I would have gotten a better picture of a Study Abroad 101 session. The one that I attended didn’t have many people.

My slideshow links with Issue Story 1 because my issue story was also meant to be informational. I thought that including about students’ past experiences along with the process of applying to study abroad in the issue story would really encourage them to take the step in doing this. Therefore, seeing photos and getting all the necessary information from the slideshow would only encourage them more.


DU students return from abroad

The International House at DU

Many University of Denver juniors are back on campus this quarter after returning home from their adventures of studying abroad in various countries around the world. Studying abroad in a foreign country offers many different opportunities for DU students.

Along with these opportunities come many ups and downs. For example, students have the chance to meet new people and return to their home university having made new friends. But, they may also experience homesickness and culture shock.

As students are working on the transition back to being at DU, they agree their study abroad experience was life changing and rewarding.

They are excited and eager to share their stories about their most important abroad experiences and what they thought was most valuable with the DU community and want encourage others to study abroad during their time at DU.
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