The Beginning of the End

(Originally posted: September 20, 2014)

LEHMAN COLLEGE, BRONX, NY- I started my first day of class about three weeks ago at Lehman College. Now why is this so important? This was not a regular day for me. As I walked through the gate of the Kingsbridge entrance, I realized “this is my last semester here.” That’s right, I graduate in December with my bachelor’s degree in multimedia journalism. Whoa! How did two years go by so fast?

I remember how I fell in love with this campus while I was still trying to earn my associate’s. I went to see Prince Royce at the concert hall with my mom and godsister.  The campus was so big and seeing all the activities being planned on the boards caught my attention. When my acceptance letter arrived the semester I was to leave Hostos, I celebrated.

Adjusting to life at Lehman was challenging. I had to figure out where all my classes were located, make new friends, familiarize myself with my Lehman email, and learn the underground tunnel system. Thankfully, I had some friends who transferred from Hostos like I did to show me around. The hardest part of adjusting was figuring out where I belonged on campus. Eventually I discovered that my second semester.

The multimedia center became a safe haven for me. I met amazing people there, while taking classes and built a professional relationship with my professors. I gained experience in camera work, writing news articles, producing television segments, editing videos, blogging, expanded my skills in audio engineering, and developed interviewing skills. My internship with the multimedia center was epic. Not only did I advance my sound design techniques, I got a behind -the- scenes experience on running a theater production. The live sound in the theater production went so well that BronxNet hired me for the 2014 graduation commencement.

Lehman College baseball field.

Lehman College baseball field.

Now it’s my last semester. I won’t be focusing on journalism courses. My liberal arts classes are more for improving myself. American sign language, fiction writing, business writing, art and observation, and Bronx- beats are all classes I chose to give myself better advantages. Recording has begun for the Lehman College Underground Radio station, so I will be producing my own radio shows soon (might as well end the semester with a bang). Will I do commencement in 2015? No. I had that experience already helping BronxNet. I intend to celebrate my graduation with close friends and family.

Photos: Rosa Elena Burgos

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