After College

Women outnumber men in MFJS

Written Reflection

          The power point assignment that built off of our Issue Story #1 was satisfying and even a little fun to make. It was rewarding to go around campus and peek a little bit more into the lives of the community of the University of Denver. I was very interested in convering the topic of the representation of women in the media studies department at DU because as I have gotten into higher level classes in my major, I have noticed more and more that my classes are overwhelmingly made up of females. This was remarkable to me not just in the fact itself, but because I never really saw journalism as one of the programs that is known for attracting females more than males. I am also taking a class (in the MFJS department) that focuses on gender relations especially in different industries. We just finished an introduction to feminism, which I think is what got me thinking about the disparity in general. I thought that this would be a unique and relevant topic to cover because it is very apparent but it is not talked about very much. Continue reading

University of Denver seniors and the ticking graduation time bomb

Imagine DU: Creating Our Future Together

Imagine DU: Creating Our Future Together

The question is everywhere. It is an inevitable, haunting, yet exciting annoyance for students approaching gradaution.  Come this fall, about 1,500 University of Denver seniors will be entering a new life chapter. And so many of us ask them, “what will you do after graduation?”

Graduation and “the question” should not mean that it is time for panic. Post-college is a special time for opportunity and self-discovery.

As there are many post graduation paths, most DU students are on a serious job hunt the duration of their senior year. “Most of my friends are either planning on higher education or have been actively looking for jobs all of senior year. The majority of my roomates have set up jobs for June. This adds pressure, but it’s an exciting kind of pressure,” says Sid Warsinske, senior marketing major.

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Women’s presence dominates that of males in the MFJS department

The Media Film and Journalism Studies Department at the University of Denver makes up a significant portion of the DU community. It has about 250 students in four different majors, Media Studies, Journalism Studies, Film Studies and Production and Strategic Communications.

For many students in these majors, it is a great mystery as to why the vast majority of their classes are dominated by women, especially as they progress to the upper-level classes in these majors.

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DU Global Medical Brigades going to Honduras this spring break


DU Global Medical Brigades student organization has been fundraising for their trip during spring break to Honduras, which is going to provide medical and dental care to the people and training to local communities in Honduras.

 

Fundraising

 

So far, the organization has received generous support from the community. Popular campus food venues such as South Philly Cheesesteaks and Beau Jo’s have agreed to donate proceedings towards the organization’s mission. Continue reading

DU music students in the limelight

The topic of my slideshow is Lamont music students at DU. I am seeking to tell a story about the time constraints and commitments that the music students have in order to achieve their degree and their dreams of becoming working musicians. Due to most of the music students full schedules, I was unable to photograph a lot of people, however the interviewees from my issue story allowed me to photograph them, and I got a few shots of their closed rehearsals. Continue reading

DU seniors gear up for new challenges

This slideshow focuses on what University of Denver senior students plan to do after graduation. It displays the different avenues that students can take. The goal of these photos was to capture the University of Denver in a broad sense. I didn’t want to only focus on seniors planning to go to graduate school. Having different perspectives played an important factor in my story.

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The danger of practicality: DU business students prepare for ethical dilemmas

Alma Limon, a DCB graduate with a double-major in Marketing and Communications

Alma Limon, a DCB graduate with a double-major in Marketing and Communications

They say money doesn’t buy happiness. But maybe it can provide a good down-payment.

After spending thousands of dollars on higher education, it seems the most practical thing for students to do is invest in self-preservation. And so, they choose a money-making major like business, regardless of how passionate they are about the subject. Students concerned with practicality are willing to endure years of dissatisfaction for a sizeable paycheck promising financial security for them and their loved ones. These students often formulate such plans: major in business, make as much money as soon as possible to pay back interest-accumulating loans, buy a house for a future family and build up a savings fund for aging parents. After fulfilling this string of heavy responsibilities, the students then return to college to pursue their true passion. Continue reading

DU seniors gear up for new challenges

University of Denver seniors take advantage of their time left on campus.

University of Denver seniors take advantage of their time left on campus.

University of Denver seniors are entering down unknown paths ahead. Some students seem to have it all figured out when it comes to what is next. However, others dread the constant “question” from relatives, friends and acquaintances about what they plan on doing after they take off their cap and gown.

Employment after graduation

The Career Center at the University of Denver offers an “At-graduation employment report” which displays the statistics for the undergraduates of Spring 2012. It showed that at the time of gradation:

42.6% of students have accepted employment

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Preparing for ‘higher higher education’

 

 

With this story and slideshow, I’m trying to help current undergraduate students think about what they need to do  in order to get into graduate or medical school, specifically focusing on test-taking and volunteer/club participation. I cover preparation for these tests, as well as use advice from professionals to explore what applicants can do to enhance their applications to medical and/or graduate school.

I decided to take photos of the subjects whom I interviewed for several of my photos while they were studying or otherwise preparing for their higher higher education. I also wanted to do several photos of the school to signify both undergraduate and graduate studies. I took a few photos of books and still objects to convey things like financial strain and the amount of time and money that students put into preparing for these tests.

DU students utilize Career Center, networking to prepare for job market

This slideshow is meant to tell the story of how well University of Denver graduating seniors do when it comes to finding a job after they finish their respective undergraduate programs. The slideshow is meant to correspond closely with how students utilize what resources are available to them to find employment when they graduate. These resources include DU’s Career Center, job databases and job postings on pin-up boards.

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