Archives for the month of: February, 2013

Since I want to be a music and entertainment writer, I decided to do a review about the famous celebrity news gossip forum, http://www.tmz.com. Most people wouldnt think of TMZ as real journalism, but I think this is a perfect example of it. TMZ has daily blogs and stories that are interesting about what is going on in celebrities lives. Many fail to realize that TMZ was the first to launch some of the major celebrity gossip stories, such as actor, Mel Gibson drinking and driving, and pictures of singer, Rihanna’s face after getting beat up by her boyfriend, Chris Brown.

When I first watched TMZ, I was already a fan of celebrity gossip news. It has always been interesting to me to see what is going on in celebrity’s lives, and to know that they go through things just like any other normal person. TMZ is very factual, and they go above and beyond in order to get a story out. Nothing is going overboard for them, the sky is the limit. This way of thinking is a perfect example of good journalism.

I enjoy the stories and I commend TMZ for all they do. Their willingness to overcome the obstacles and still manage to get a factual story to the public is applaudable. The fact that humor is also added to the mix is a good factor as well, and helps to keeo the stories readable.

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What does one think when they see a veteran? Crazy, probably on drugs, a for sure alcoholic; all of these preconceived notions about veterans are often talked about, but nobody really speaks about what are the causes of these challenges. Post traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is one of the number one psychological disorder that most veterans face since coming home from war.

I had the pleasure of speaking with Kenneth Bowen, an EMU journalism student and a young Veteran. Ken won a purple heart for his duty in the Marines. He was a Sargent, but was medically retired in 2010 due to an injury that prevented him from serving. He did two tours, the first was noncombat, and the second was in Afghanistan where he was wounded. During active duty, Bowen witnessed many deaths of, not only his comrades, but his old self as well.

“The pain of war was a lot for people to deal with” said Bowen. One cannot imagine what these soldiers witnessed on a day to day basis. The media can only cover so much, yet actually experiencing it is overwhelming. Bowen also was aware of many suicides and PTSD that was happening amongst the group of soldiers he was around. He said that “the damage soldiers did on themselves were apparent and suicide seemed like an undertone”. Of course war affects everyone differently, but the high rate of suicide during training is a little intense. Most could not handle it. Bowen explained that the men he was working alongside were only 18 and 19 years old, a huge responsibility given to such a young person. The legal drinking age even starts at 21, yet an 18 year old is given the responsibility of someone’s life in war, it is a hard pill to swallow. Ken was 21 when he joined the military, and 24 when he was wounded. He was considered one of the older soldiers. He says that his age definitely helped him deal with things a little better.

So how did Ken overcome the pains of war? He says that his accident was one of the main reasons. He was wounded because the truck that he was in ran over an explosive and blew up, he was the only survivor. He explains that he had to prove that God didn’t make a mistake keeping him alive. He said that he “didn’t want to be labeled as a disabled veteran”, so he had to get better. In recovery he met the families of the deceased people that were in the truck with him. He felt guilty and didn’t want them to think he took his life for granted. This helped him recover and finally go back to school. Attending EMU was also a great outlet for him to get his mind off of things. Being involved and getting homework done helped him feel accomplished.

Ken definitely experienced so much in such a short period of time. He says that transitioning to civilian life was not easy, but he would do it all over again. Throughout all the suicides, and PTSD that he has experienced, he still manages to remain positive and tell his story. He says that “PTSD affects people differently”, and that he is more open to talking about it than most. Ken said that serving in the war changed him. He used to be playful and a practical joker, but these days he is more serious and felt that he had to be. He wants to stop all the assumptions that people have about veterans and war in general. Ken said that you never know who is a veteran. These men and women have literally risked their lives for our country, and speaking with Ken I have a new found respect for all veterans and all soldiers serving our country.

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There are many assumptions when it comes to earning a bachelor’s degree. Some believe that you will automatically get employed, but that is not always the case. There are many assumptions that come along with a college degree, but the fact is that it is what you make it. You have to put forth the effort after receiving the degree to get a job and possibly get a higher education to get a masters degree, or a Ph.D.

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There are many assumptions when it comes to earning a bachelor’s degree, but the fact is that it is what you make it. Some believe that you will automatically get employed upon graduation, but that is not always the case. A helpful tip would be to try to get an internship in your specific field while you are already in college. This helps to get your foot in the door and have real-world experiences in the job market, your employer may even hire you for a full-time position. It is your responsibility to put forth the effort after receiving your degree to get a job and to possibly obtain a higher education such as a Master’s degree or a Ph.D.

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Topic: Is earning a bachelor’s degree a worthwhile investment?

I believe that earning a bachelor’s degree is a worthwhile investment. It is one of the number one ways to ensure a job. Without a bachelor’s degree, it limits you to certain experiences that you receive while attending college. College, overall, makes you a well rounded person, and that is what most employees look for when hiring.

There are many assumptions when it comes to earning a bachelor’s degree. Some believe that you will automatically get employed, but that is not always the case. There are many assumptions that come along with a college degree, but the fact is that it is what you make it. You have to put forth the effort after receiving the degree to get a job and possibly get a higher education to get a masters degree, or a Ph.D.

Another thing to acknowledge is how beneficial online higher education is. In the Freidman article, it states all the positive things dealing with online education. It even helped disabled kids and adults, as well as international. With options like online education, it makes college seem less stressful and more of a worthwhile investment.

In conclusion, college is what you make it, and earning a degree can benefit you in many ways, only if you put forth the effort to acheive your goals. It is a worthwhile investment, because it introduces you to real life and real life working experiences. Students have an opportunity to earn an internship in their specific job field, as well as many other things that can end up being beneficial in your lifelong career.