Kick Your Stress and Worries Away with Kickboxing Group Exercise Classes at Towson University

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Alyson Fitzgerald demonstrates an exercise she incorporates during her group exercise class.  Fitzgerald instructs kickboxing and tabata at Towson University through Campus Recreation.
(Photo by:  Brittney Everett/TU Student)

 

Left, right, up, and back!  The commands echoed off the studio walls as Alyson Fitzgerald, a student at Towson University and a group exercise instructor, teaching kickboxing and tabata for Campus Recreation, shouted them to her class.  Heavy breathing and drops of sweat from the class answered her instructions.

With flushed faces and rapid heartbeats, the class followed Alyson’s every move, pushing themselves to work harder.

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Learn the Importance of Student Involvement on Campus

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Brandy Hall is nothing but enthusiasm and smiles as she answers questions about her job.  Hall is motivated to get students involved with campus activities at Towson University.  (Photo by:  Brittney Everett/TU student)

Students go to college to study several different subjects, but something that brings everyone together are on-campus clubs, activities, and organizations.  Listen to Brandy Hall, former Towson University student and current Assistant Director of Student Activities, discuss the importance of involvement on campus.

Study Abroad Scholarships

 

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Studying abroad can be expensive, but thankfully there are a ton of scholarship options for anything and everything that will get you where you need to be!  Paying for study abroad can sometimes be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be.  Going abroad is encouraged, therefore travel companies and college programs are more than willing to help out. Study abroad scholarships go towards funding for travel, lodging, course credit and book expenses.

There are five different ways to obtain a study abroad scholarship:

  • Merit-based:  Focused around a student’s extracurricular activities and/or community service.  A student’s academic, athletic, or artistic abilities.
  • Student-specific:  Based on gender, race, and religion.
  • Destination-specific:  Awarded by the desired country being traveled to as an incentive for students to come study at that specific country.
  • Program-specific:  Normally distributed by the student’s college or the univeristy they will be attending abroad with the basis or academic and personal achievement.
  • Subject-specific:  Given based on the student’s major.

There are also grants and vouchers which can be obtained.

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Application deadlines are approaching quickly!
Fall 2017 – Apply by May 10th
Spring 2018 – Apply by November 15th

“It was nice not having to worry about finding my own housing arrangements, choosing classes, getting transportation passes, and coordinating excursions. CEA helps with all of that and makes it so much easier.” McKenzie McClanahan |
Concordia University Nebraska | Summer 2015, Berlin, Germany

After applying for money and budgeting the books, there are payment plans that can be set up to help pay for study abroad in the timely manner that’s suitable for your lifestyle. It doesn’t hurt to apply for as many shcolarships and grants as possible; the more money in your pocket means less stress of affording study abroad.

Scholarships are anywhere and everywhere, all you have to do is contact the study abroad representatives at your college or conduct a web search for a large variety.

I cannot fully express my gratitude for the IES Abroad Scholarship. During a time of economic uncertainty, when my father lost his job and my college education became increasingly more burdensome, IES Abroad helped me go on a life-changing adventure.” Hope Nardini | IES Abroad Buenos Aires

Take the time to do some research and make your dreams of going abroad a reality without working about the trip burning a hole in your wallet.

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Students Gathered for 15th Annual TUjday

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Towson alumni sit on stage, awaiting the discussion to begin.

(Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU student)

Towson University recently hosted its 15th annual TUjday, a panel discussion held by Towson alumni as they exchanged stories about their current careers in the field of journalism and multimedia.

Several journalism students gathered in the University Union, eagerly awaiting to talk and listen to the former Towson students.  Within the panel were broadcasters, public relation and marketing columnists, and news anchors.

Amongst the mix of seven sat Erika Shych, a graduate in the class of 2013.  Erika is currently a general assignment reporter for CBS 21 located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

“I am primarily in our 10 and 11pm news casts, but if there is breaking news or meetings we are going to preview I will do those as well,” Shych stated when asked about her daily routine.
Although the late night hours can be daunting at times, Shych loves her job and one day aspires to work for a news station in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania doing on-scene news reporting.  Shych stresses the importance of internships and getting your name out to employers as soon as possible.  She did so during her college career by involving herself with the campus television station, WMJF-TV, two years as a sports reporter with Towson Sports Network (TSN), and three years as the “In-Stadium Host” for Towson Football.

Sitting in the crowd, current Towson student and aspiring news reporter, Amy Phillip’s ears perked up as she heard the words “Towson Sports Network.”  Phillips has had an internship with TSN for two semesters.

“Hearing that she started at TSN really got me pumped because I am on the right track for my future career and I feel a bit relieved,” Phillips said.

The Resurgence of Records

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Peter McKibben, assistant manager at Record and Tape Traders in Towson, Maryland receives a shipment of record to the store.  (Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU student)

There is always that one box people have in their attic that has gone from collecting memorabilia to collecting dust.  Recently, people have been opening the box, revealing a forgetting treasure.

Vinyl records.

A trend surfacing within recent years has begun exploding and attracting the interests of people all over the world.  Whether a long time vinyl collector or a person in love with vintage, vinyl records are making a comeback.

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Studying Abroad in College Future Benefits

The typical student who studies abroad physically comes back with souvenirs and a camera full of photos.  What many don’t realize, is the amount of cultural knowledge they are carrying with them in their minds as well.  Studying abroad creates long-lasting memories, but what are the future benefits for students?

A study was conducted by The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) which surveyed study abroad alumni who participated in programs across the globe from 1950 to 1999 to measure the long-term impact people have from their time abroad.  Most respondents agreed that “studying abroad is usually a defining moment in a young person’s life and continues to impact the participant’s life for years after the experience,” said Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President & CEO of IES Abroad.

Studies found that studying abroad provides:

  • Personal growth
  • Intercultural development
  • Education and career attainment
  • Lifetime of benefits

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“When asked about personal growth, 97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view,” Dwyer stated.

 

Future employers are also big fans of students who have ventured around the world.

Students who have studied abroad have notable differences in the working community:

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  • Jobs secured more quickly after graduation
  • Higher starting salaries
  • Higher acceptance into grad school

“We believe that more and more employers are realizing the extraordinary benefits of study abroad, and are seeking out graduates who have study abroad experiences,” Dwyer said.  “Key jobs skills such as adaptability, global understanding and tolerance, leadership, and independence are directly fostered by learning and living abroad.  For parents concerned about the return of their investment, studyabroad offers some very clear benefits for graduates.”

So go!  Get an education and experience, it can only benefit you in the long run!

Feel free to leave a comment.  I would love to hear from people who have had their careers impacted by their study abroad experience.

Student Traveling Through Virtual Reality

Behold!  The world at the click of a button.  Technology is rapidly advancing and recently, virtual reality has become a technique incorporated into classrooms for student learning.  Initially created for gamers to have the ultimate experience, companies have quickly increased their consumer market by providing other uses.

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Pictured above are Google Cardboard virtual reality goggles, easy to use and affordable for people of all ages.  All you need is a mobile device, such as a smartphone and the application that works hand-in-hand with the goggles.

 

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The goggles work by making a duplicate of the same image, one for each eye, and they come together to create a 360 degree appearance.

Foreign language departments are taking full advantage of this new gadget in order to enhance a student’s understanding of culture.  Traveling can be quite pricey, so this solution can be utilized by many.  The goggles allow students to put context to the information they are learning in the classroom, instead of theoretically imagining a place where the language is spoken they can witness it “first-hand.”  Since the induction of the goggles in class, teachers have noticed a higher confidence level in students as they learn new languages and more willingness to speak in class.

The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad) have also capitalized on the opportunity to go virtual reality, offering virtual tours to specific places:

  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • London, England
  • Nantes, France
  • Paris, France
  • Rome, Italy

“We already use Google Street View when planning to visit a location for the first time, since it enables us to get our bearings before we embark on the journey. The latest virtual reality headsets are now giving users the ability to sample a new experience via 360-degree immersive videos that transport the user to anywhere in the world.  This technology offers an opportunity to walk around any destination and soak up the sights and sounds of the surrounding area, making it much easier to decide where you would like to visit…” said representatives from IES.

These goggles have the ability to change how people view the world and gather a better understanding other than looking at pictures in textbooks.  Schools and study abroad organizations are taking the idea and running with it, constantly brainstorming new ideas.

“The idea is to try to make this experience more real, to bring experiential learning into a classroom that traditionally uses textbooks,” said Nitocris Perez, an emerging technology specialist for University Information Technology Services, who was interviewed in an article regarding virtual reality in classrooms.

Through virtual reality, students are more susceptible to wanting to discover the world, becoming more interested in foreign culture and studies.

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Study Abroad in London, England

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The lighting was dim, the music was loud, the smiles were big, and the beer was endless. Newfound friends sat around an old wooden table, talking as if they had known each other for years, as the drinks flooded over to them from behind the bar.  The Stags Head pub was located in the heart of London, directly around the corner from the hotel Alex and her friends were staying at for their two-week study abroad adventure.  A bit ironic to be making new friends in one of London’s oldest pubs, but we all know the power of beer and friendship.

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“One of my favorite memories was one night eight of us went to a pub around the corner from where we were staying and sat there and talked and casually drank for hours,” Ullrich said.  “I had some really in-depth conversations with the people I was with and I will never forget that.”

Books.  Beer.  Buddies.  Some of Alex’s fondest memories while studying abroad.  Alex is a sophomore at Towson University majoring in mass communications with a concentration in advertising and a marketing minor.  A major component of studying abroad is seeing amazing sights in different parts of the world and Alex was able to visit a ton of incredible places.

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  • London Eye
  • British Museum
  • The house from the movie “The Parent Trap”
  • Camden Market
  • The Guardian Newspaper
  • Museum of Brands packing and advertising
  • Westminster Abbey

 “My favorite part of Westminster Abbey was a section called ‘Dead Poets Corner’ and it had burial sites and plaques of a lot of famous poets, such as, Edgar Allen Poe, C.S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, and Geoffrey Chaucer,” Ullrich said.

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Whether it was in the classroom, during the day, or in the night-life scene, Alex enjoyed wandering and discovering and unique culture London has to offer.  People have seen pictures of the famous landmarks in London, but nothing compares to physically experiencing them for oneself.  Although Alex was across the Atlantic Ocean, she was able to feel a bit at home while in Europe.

“I thought it was really interesting how fast paced London was and the people too. It really reminded me of New York city because everyone is always going, going, going.”

Just like New York City as well, Alex was able to enjoy beautiful music from a street performer in Westminster Abbey who specialized at playing the violin.

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Ullrich’s advice to students considering stepping on a plane to see the world, experience cups of freshly brewed tea, loads of delectable, savory pastries, and gain an education all in the process:

“Do it. If you can afford it just go for it. Don’t be scared about being away from home or not making friends because you will have the absolute time of your life.  Studying abroad was one of the best experiences in my life. I was so upset when it was over because I had such an amazing time there and I made so many new friends.”

Importance, Impact, and Insight of Internships

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Students anxiously await to showcase their skills and talk to professionals representing public relation, marketing, and journalism jobs and internships to their respected companies.  (Photo by: Brittney Everett/TU Student)

 

Internships are a powerful resource for students to gain hands-on experience and impress future employers with their in-depth knowledge in the career field.

Many students congregated in the University Union on the campus of Towson University this past Tuesday to participate in the MCCS Networking Fair.  The fair was held by Towson’s Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) group, featuring roughly 20 companies for students to connect with professionals.  Students were able to ask questions about internship and job opportunities, as well as give future employers their resume and “get a foot in the door.”

“Students that have internship experience, research shows that they are far more likely to be hired for a position,” said Emily Tipton, internship counselor and career advisor at the Towson Career Center.  “Based on surveys that are sent out to thousands of employers every year, experience far out-weighs other things like grade point average (GPA), especially in the communications industry.  They want students who have hands-on experience creating content, marketing, doing all the things they’re doing already.”

In today’s job market, employers look for candidates with good grade point averages, but more importantly, a great internship on their resume.  A student can learn a lot of important concepts in a classroom and it is key to be able to take those concepts, mix them with hard work and dedication, and apply them to real-world experience.

“An internship is really important because it’s basically your first get your foot into the door, out in the real world, your name is out there, and professionals know what your work ethic is,” said Jennifer Ragusa, a sophomore mass communications major with a dual track in journalism and advertising.

Jobs stress the benefits of internships, so it is crucial that students know where to find them and what skills and characteristics employers look for in a potential candidate.  The Career Center at Towson offers free services to connect students to their career goals and help build their resumes, according to Tipton.

“Definitely apply to anything and everything you see, don’t be discouraged when you don’t get calls back,” said Travis Cahill, research director at Fox 45 WBFF Baltimore television station.  “One of the worst things you can do is defeat yourself before you get defeated by one of us employers so just go put yourself out there.”

A job that seems challenging is often the most rewarding and beneficial in the long run.  Students should present themselves in a way to show they are not afraid to step outside their comfort zone and think outside of the box.  A valuable skill students can offer an employer is individualism and creativeness, as well as passion and perseverance.

“I think internships are very important to get overall, they help you develop professionally and personally, and help you network as well,” Cahill said.  “Always dress for success, we look for someone who is composed and outgoing.  You are coming to them [employers], they are not coming to you.  You have to be a go-getter and very humble.”

Contact Information:

Emily Tipton

Towson Career Center Internship Counselor and Career Advisor

etipton@towson.edu

 

Jennifer Ragusa

Student at Towson University studying mass communications with a dual track in journalism and advertising

jragus1@students.towson.edu

 

Travis Cahill

Research Director at Fox 45 WBFF Baltimore

tjcahill@sbgtv.com