Students balance work with school

Do you ever wonder why college students flock to places that have free food?  What is one common thought that constantly runs through college students’ minds? If you answered these questions with “college students are broke” then you are entirely correct.  The University of Denver is not exactly a cheap school to attend and many students find it hard to financially support themselves throughout their years of studying as a DU Pioneer.

Majority of students, during their four years of undergraduate studies, will at some point complain about the lack of money in their bank accounts.  However, some students find a way around this precarious stage of life and jump into a job to support themselves.

Where students work

Kinsey helps out the Shwayder Arts Building with their Sandy Skoglund book and pipe cleaner installation.

Kinsey helps out the Shwayder Arts Building with their Sandy Skoglund book and pipe cleaner installation.

Various locations on and around the DU campus offer student employment opportunities.  Kinsey Knakkergaard, a junior with a major in Psychology, works in the Shwayder Arts building as a receptionist and second hand to the administrators working in the building.  She has been employed since January 2013 and works around fifteen hours a week. Continue reading

A Day in the Life of the Lambda House Mom at the University of Denver

For my audio slideshow, I interviewed Jane Bryce, the house mom of University of Denver fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. This interview began as a day in the life of Jane, but quickly transitioned into more of an overall profile of her job responsibilities and experiences in her current position, as well on some background on how she acquired this job. My interview went very smoothly; she answered each question with a detailed description and formulated well-articulated responses. I had a bit of trouble offering non-verbal encouragement, as my natural instinct is to say my agreement or interest rather than simply nodding and smiling, but for the most part I was able to edit out my own interruptions and combine her responses in a way that made sense and flowed. Continue reading

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

University of Denver students dress for success to exercise self-expression


University of Denver students expose some skin to soak up the sun and take advantage of unusually warm temperatures on a mild winter day.

University of Denver students are dressing for the occasion as a typical winter of bipolar Colorado weather endures.

From a low of 5 degrees Fahrenheit to a high the next week of 64 degrees Fahrenheit, students must prepare themselves for every possible scenario. Students go from bundling up in their favorite pair of PJ’s on one day to pulling out their shortest shorts to take advantage of the blazing Colorado sunshine the next.

While these clothes may make sense under these ever-changing weather conditions, they may not always be entirely appropriate for the classroom environment. Continue reading

Unknown clubs at DU will forever impact the greater Denver area

Produced & Written by: Brenda Rohn, Carly Ann Moore, and Samantha Selincourt

“A private university dedicated to the public good,” is the mission statement of the University of Denver (DU). This mission pertains to more than just DU itself as it is echoed by the goal of most of the student organizations on campus.

DU has 40 active intramural and club sports and more than 129 clubs based on academics, culture, religion, politics, service, and Greek life on campus.  Clearly not everyone can know everything about all these organizations; therefore, many successful organizations that make a huge difference on campus are sometimes over shadowed or even unknown.

When students are asked what kind of clubs are on DU’s campus, usually the answers are Alpine Club, DU Grilling Society (D.U.G.S.), the Clarion, intramural broomball, etc.  Although these clubs are composed of quite a few students, there are a number of organizations that make a significant impact on the DU and Denver Community, but may not be the first to come to mind.

Catholic Student Fellowship (CSF), DU Service and Chance (DUSC), and Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) are among those organizations that reflect the vision of the University of Denver.  All of these organizations make a difference to DU students themselves, and to the greater community around them.

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Art at DU: real major for real students

My Issues Story focused on the life of art students at DU, from the stereotypes placed on art majors to the academic requirements of DU art students and why many students chose to major in art. Because the entirety of the article would have been difficult to represent in only 12 – 18 photographs, I chose to focus more on the art students themselves, briefly mentioning the stereotypes, the work load, DU’s art student community, and the decision to major in art. The photos, I think, allow the viewer to look at the story from a more up-close-and-personal perspective. Images of students at work and examples of their studios and finished products make them real, more than words and statistics. You can say people work hard, but it doesn’t become real until you see it. As an art major I already knew the hard work that goes into projects, so photographing my fellow students didn’t change my perspective really, but it did inspire me to document what goes on in the art school, and elsewhere on campus, more, because things do become so much more real when they can be seen.

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How to deal with Social network checking before hiring?

Be wise on using your own social network

Jenny Li's Facebook page. According to Jenny, she had almost hundreds of pictures on her page.

More and more people have been asked for their personal social network accounts or even the password during or after the hiring process. Employer will check on your social background before him or her make the final decision. Social networks such as Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter. Continue reading

College students have mixed feelings about life post-graduation

College is supposed to be the key to success, right? It’s supposed to make students attractive to employers by providing with the necessary tools for their future career. It used to be that if students graduated from college, they were guaranteed a job post-graduation. No questions asked. The job market is tough and students are struggling. Now, things are different.

It’s highly debated whether particular majors or programs of study leave students better off after graduation. Three students from a range of majors have conflicting views on life following graduation. Some see a bright future and others are skeptical about the job market and the education they are receiving.

 Deanna Metropoulos, 20, is a criminology and sociology major at the University of Denver. She is incredibly nervous about the future.

 “The job market right now sucks. You have to have connections and graduate from a good school with a good GPA to be successful. I dont really feel like my education is preparing me, its mostly just helping understand concepts. In the real world, people aren’t going to be asking me questions like they do in school. The only good job I’ll be able to get is with the CIA or FBI  and how likely is that? I’m nervous for the future.”

 A study done recently by Price Waterhouse and Coopers claims that 85% of post-graduation professionalsuccess is attributed to people skills and only 15%  to the actual technical skills colleges insist are necessary for the job market. Some colleges realize this trend and are lending help to students with skills like networking while in college and the perfect interview technique.

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Unpaid Internships Cost- and Benefit- DU Students

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For this slideshow, I tried to capture images of DU, places mentioned in my story, and people I interviewed. Since students work at their internships, it was difficult to actually find people working on the job- I had to stage images of my subjects working outside of their jobs and more at homes. It was difficult to get action shots about the actual subject of work and internships, so I had to think creatively to capture and find other images to illustrate my story.
On my next slideshow, I’d like to start documenting photos while I’m interviewing, as it makes it much easier to illustrate and interview in one take. I plan to take a lot more photos next time, even of the same subject, just to make sure I have a good shot. It never hurts to have too many photos to choose from, and I would like to have people in all my shots rather than having to resort to screenshots as I did with one of my slides.
But overall, I feel like this is a good slideshow for my story, as it covers a lot of details not necessarily mentioned in the story and gives visual images of daily college life surrounding the topic of unpaid internships and college credit.