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WHAT ARE MISERICORDIA COMMUNICATIONS GRADS DOING? 

While our Communications Department has only been in existence since 2000, our recent grads have landed some excellent first jobs. What our graduates will ultimately do will only be limited by their imaginations.

 

 ~~~ My Name is Sarah Hite and I have a problem. I think I'm obsessed with my job. As the staff writer for the Dallas Post, I cover events, write feature stories and attend municipal meetings I really enjoy the work, and four years ago I never would have dreamed of being where I am now.

     Before I went to Misericordia I wanted to go to a university in Philadelphia for film and video. I always had a passion writing, but in my senior year of high school I created a TV show as my final project. It was a lot of work, but it was really fun and I wanted to see if I could make a career out of it. Long story short, it didn't work out, and two weeks before the semester began in 2006 I was accepted to MU as an undeclared student.

     After my first semester, I decided to stay at MU and I chose a major -- Communications. I started writing for The Highlander during the spring semester of 2007 for my mandatory practicum credit. I picked it up pretty quickly and rediscovered my passion for writing, and I came out of my shell as a commuter to propose story ideas and grow into my position as reporter.

     At the end of my sophomore year i decided to apply for print editor. I knew it was going to be a lot of work, but I threw my hat in to the ring anyway. The day I got word that I had earned that highly-coveted position, everything changed. The newspaper became part of my life. That year I wrote two series, planned and hosted a benefit concert, and helped push the limits of The Highlander's design.

     My senior year as editor-in-chief taught me so much about everything -- writing, editing, organization, management, dealing with people, newspaper design. I redesigned the newspaper and won a Keystone Award for a series piece I wrote. I interned at The Citizens' Voice and learned the ins and outs of newspaper design. And I grew closer and closer to realizing what i really wanted to do with my life.

     One of the turning points of that year was the series that staff and I wrote about the growing population of Latino and Hispanic immigrants in Hazleton. We took a chance on reporting about something that seemed so faraway, but the stories we wrote and the people we met made me realize what it means to be a journalist. It energized me to think that I was helping others doing what I loved.

     At the end of my senior year, I was offered a job as a part-time obituary clerk and correspondent at the Dallas Post. It's not a big change , location-wise--my new desk is actually across from my old one because both newspapers work out of the same building--but it's a momentous step for me as a news professional.

     Learning on my own is an important part of how i got to where I am. I pushed aside my fears and took that leap into new territory, and I find there's something refreshing and exciting about letting yourself be in charge of your life's itinerary.Mistakes are great things--as Sgroi says, just one is enough--but you can learn so much by trying new things and pushing yourself.

     I have a new mantra that I follow: "I will do what I need to do in order to do what I want to do." A little wordy, but it's true. Stay focused and make decisions that will put you where you want to be. You'll surprise yourself--I did.

 

To explore whether a Misericordia Communications degree is for you, contact: Melissa Sgroi 570-674-6744; msgroi@misericordia.edu or schedule a campus visit through the Admissions Office: 1-866-770-3202