My Time at Campus Slate

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It was Campus Media Day during the Fall 2012 semester at Free Hour. Being a student of the NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, my Free Hour routine would lead me to head downstairs to the so called “dungeon” of Harry Schure Hall – to the Engineering labs, and take part in the biweekly NYIT IEEE Old Westbury Chapter Club meetings. We usually would be building robots, and I would be learning to program them. Instead, I informed my club president that I would not be able to make it, and I headed back upstairs. I had a lot of studying to do for an upcoming Physics II exam that same day, but instead I glanced out at the Academic Quad.

Having an empty stomach, I walked around to see where I can grab food…and I saw to my delight a few boxes of pizza. I walk towards the pizza boxes, and I find Professor John Hanc, and John Santamaria. Over a few slices of pizza we became pretty well acquainted, but at the end of the conversation – I actually found myself in a dilemma. The Campus Slate was offered as an elective and I was registering for classes next semester. Should I overload myself with having multiple 4 credit classes, and struggle, or maybe roll the dice with the Campus Slate thing and possibly have a much more manageable schedule?  I eventually chose the latter and what started out as conversation about apps, and portable news over pizza became the most productive, and enjoyable experience that I had as a student at NYIT.

When the Spring 2013 semester came around, John Santamaria, who was the editor in chief at the time, handed out an attendance sheet and a syllabus. I immediately thought to myself – wait this is a class, and I have to write every week?!  Being a student pursuing a technical degree in Engineering, I knew in the back of my head that writing is a key component to having a successful career. I was okay with that, but I was not so okay with writing about current events due to the reason that I really was not paying attention to what was going on around me with the exception of technology news. So you now may ask, why stay with the Campus Slate? Well apart from getting free pizza every Tuesday, what made me to stay with the Campus Slate was actually the prospect of having an app.  Thus, began the efforts of the Pocket Campus Slate.

As the Pocket Campus Slate developed from a concept to a prototype, to finally a product that was launched and in fact, re-launched – my journalistic writing, and my interest to become more aware of what’s going on evolved concurrently. This is where I can properly point out the value of being part of the Campus Slate. Those who take part in activities related to journalism and communicating arts have to thoroughly research and familiarize themselves with topics that may not be so easy to grasp.  There is a similar parallel to the world of technology in that new software developers will have to constantly learn new practices, techniques, and technologies to be up-to-date with the latest innovations.

 

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