A rant about Herkimer College’s decision to remove the Radio/TV Broadcasting program which I took as a student there. They’re also planning to get rid of the New Media program where I got my degree in earlier this year.
My vlog series returns where I talk about my graduation from Herkimer College and how I upgraded my site to a dot-com site.
Well, folks. After a little over a year of waiting and a little over a year after I officially finished classes, the wait is finally over. I am happy to report that I finally got my Associates Degree in Communication Arts New Media from Herkimer College in the mail this morning. So I am now officially an alumni from Herkimer College and finally starting to move up in the world.
Twenty years ago, I never would have thought that this day would happen. I was pretty much convinced that I didn’t need college but rather rely on real world education. However, after years of working in retail and especially after getting started on the Internet, I realized that my earlier attitude toward college was actually just me overreacting.
By the time I actually decided to go back to college around 2010-2011, I had the benefit of online financial aid which did not exist when I graduated from high school in 1997 because the Internet was still in its infancy back then. And in fact, I actually did better in college than I did in high school. Sure it took me four and a half years (partly because I changed my major from Radio/TV Broadcasting to New Media and the fact that I was a part-time student because I was still on overnights at the time) and I was probably older than a majority of my peers, but I stuck to it and I probably also had the advantage of being an established Internet personality. So in short, I have my life as Blackcatloner to thank for this.
And college in turn really helped me out with my Internet career, especially with YouTube. In the two years I spent in Radio/TV Broadcasting, I learned how to edit which was something I never actually paid attention to in my first few years on YouTube. My writing was not really a problem but even that got better. In fact, that’s what sort of led me to create the Tales of the Blackcat site. But my college career was still not without its challenges, especially towards the end of my college adventure. But in the end, I graduated with a GPA of over 3.2, which again was way better than I ever did in high school because in high school, we did not have the advantage of the Internet.
Now that I finally have my degree, I can only hope that this is a start of better things for me. I guess you can say that I’m living proof that good things can happen later in life. Like I said, I never thought that I would be at this point when I was in high school where I pretty much dismissed college as a waste of time. But now, I realize that I made the right decision.
And there’s a good chance that I will be posting a new video sometime next week.
A quick vlog about why I’ve become so active on YouTube lately, some more college updates and a couple shout-outs and some subscription suggestions for you on YouTube.
The Retro Ave.: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-axZxHmj7kpc1O7BbeK2w
John Davern: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOHTIKRbiDSloB-Ckw3jGhA
Well my third year at Herkimer College has come to a close and my first year as a New Media major which now means that I have one year left before I graduate next year.
It was by no means an easy task especially since my laptop needs a new battery which hurt me as far as my online classes went but I still managed to get everything done even if it meant I had to use the library to finish up everything including my Communication Arts Portfolio which you hopefully saw in my last post. As far as grades go, all I know is that I passed Communication Arts Portfolio and I’m looking at either an A or an A- in Social Media for my work on my social media platform in an attempt to raise awareness for Net Neutrality. If you want to check out my blog for that the link is here:
So with my laptop troubles, that also means that I won’t really be making any new videos for a while until I can get a battery. So that means that I will have to go back to old-school blogging for a while. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have any new projects in the works. For a while, I have been considering creating a short story blogsite where I can post my short stories. I actually came up with that idea when I was tweaking my Social Media Stranger short story that I wrote in my English II- Lit class and that I later posted on here for all to read. I’ll have more on the short story site as the summer continues. And as soon as I get my laptop working again and start working on videos again, I will let you know.
And speaking of which, I am enjoying the lovely weather that we have been having for the last two weeks which is proof that summer has arrived at last and you know what that means: Another year of “hot weather, hot chicks,” which is my philosophy as far as summer goes. So hopefully the summer will be successful.
Well that is kinda all I have for now. I just wanted to keep you up to speed on what I have been doing and hope to see you all soon.