There comes a time in every student's life, whether it be high school or college, where we ask ourselves, “How is this going to help me in the real world?” I remember taking calculus in high school and wondering how derivatives were going to land me a job. Interestingly enough, I ended up in a class my senior year that gave me the real-world experience I had been searching for.
I never thought that, as a government major, I would have the opportunity to sign up for a class like this. The course, “Sports Information Intern”, allowed me to receive class credit while completing an internship on campus. In this internship, I researched statistics about SLU sports teams, their opponents, created highlight tapes, and (my favorite part) broadcasted games. I never realized how passionate I was about broadcasting until I got the mic in my hand for the first time. I have always had a love for sports and this opportunity allowed me to combine my love for public speaking with sports to create a story because, in reality, that is what broadcasting is: storytelling.
Broadcasting is all about painting a picture for listeners so they feel like they are at the game seeing it first hand. It takes a lot of preparation before the game to memorize the names for both teams and research pertinent statistics to fill the time when there is not a lot of action going on. This class has given me a little taste of what it might be like to choose broadcasting as a career and has made me realize that even though SLU is a small liberal arts university, there are tons of opportunities for students to gain real world experience. Some people may feel like they do not have enough time to join a sports team in college but also do not want to part ways with something that has been a part of their life since the get go. It is hard to give up playing a sport, but broadcasting is one way athletes can still be involved. I would encourage every student to take a risk and try out a class like this sometime in their college career to get some job experience.
Why not take a shot? Maybe you’ll score!